How much do you know about your ancestors? Do you know the names of your great-great-grandparents? Or how many brothers and sisters they had? Do you know where they were born, or buried? And what about the grey areas, where you hear conflicting stories about an ancestor’s life?
If we don’t document the past, we risk losing it forever — or, leaving it open to fabrication. That’s why a Memories Timeline is so powerful: it lets you easily capture both your history, and the memories you’re making every day, at the tap of a button. That way, they’re never lost or forgotten — and future generations will get to know your story, as told by you.
Of course, because your Timeline is digital, your precious mementos are never at risk of damage by, say, fire or flood, or being nibbled by pests or ruined by mould. Memories stores your family history forever, secured by the industry-standard encryption technology. The only people who can see your Timeline are those you invite to view it. And because it’s stored forever, your history will be easily accessible to your family members long after you’re gone.
So, what exactly is a Memories Timeline? And how can you use one to create a family legacy? Let’s take a closer look.
What is a Timeline?
A Timeline is a dedicated space on the Memories website where you can save and organise your memories of the past.
It’s called a Timeline because, as you add each memory, along with its date, the Timeline will automatically position the memory in the right order relative to all the other memories you’ve saved. Even if you can only remember the years in which each thing happened, you end up with a Timeline that charts life from your earliest recorded memory to your most recent.
Here’s an example of a life legacy Timeline. Click around and see how it works.
You can create more than one Timeline on Memories. This means that alongside your family legacy Timeline, you might like to create a Timeline to map the memories of a vacation — perhaps one you’re about to take! Or maybe you’ll create a Timeline to capture memories of your new puppy as she grows.
A Timeline can be as broad or narrow in scope as you want it to be. And you get to choose who sees it, and whether they can add comments or memories of their own.
What makes a good Memory?
So, what is a memory? Well, a Memory on your Timeline is a representation of a memory in your mind.
Let’s consider your family legacy Timeline. You might have historical photos of your ancestors, but no actual memory of them — they might have passed away before you were even born. That’s fine: go ahead and add those photos, along with a description that includes whatever you know about those people, as a Memory on your Timeline.
Perhaps you have your great-grandparents’ wedding certificate in a drawer at home. You can photograph or scan that, along with a photo from the big day, and attach it to a Key Life Event on your Timeline — a special kind of Memory that’s specifically for life milestones. Maybe you can take a photo of the wedding rings, too, if they’re still in the family.
And of course, you can add each story you recall from your own life as a Memory on your Timeline. Those might include meeting your partner, your baby’s first words or steps, relocating to a new city, or marking the date of a parent’s passing with some of your favorite memories of them.
One of the best things about a Memory on your Timeline is that it can include video as well as images and text, so you can record yourself retelling the story of an important moment, or record someone else retellling a story of theirs.
Imagine asking your grandmother to retell stories from her childhood as you capture them on video. Then, you can add each one to your Timeline as a Memory, complete with photos and other memorabilia.
Ultimately, you can add any moment that’s important to you or your family as a Memory on your Timeline. The more Memories you add, the richer your Timeline will become. And the more clearly it will tell the story of your family for future generations to enjoy.
Mixing old and new
The ability to mix the past with the present in a logical way that’s easy to understand is one of the great advantages of your Timeline.
If you took the ideas we mentioned a moment ago and implemented them for your Timeline, you’d soon have a rich legacy of your family history that blends the past seamlessly with the present.
Your Timeline breaks down the barriers between generations — and media — so that everything from your past can be presented on equal footing with the present. It’s the perfect way to bring the stories of your ancestors to life!
But also consider the opportunities your Timeline opens up to connect with family members right now, today. That uncle you haven’t seen in years always has great stories about old family vacations, doesn’t he? And don’t forget your cousin in Dubai who is — as you read this — using the family heirloom quilt to swaddle her newborn.
You can invite these family members to contribute stories of their own to your Timeline, to add depth and richness through their different perspectives. You — and they — can comment on each other’s Memories too, which helps you connect and share even when you can’t be in the same room.
On the other hand, if your relatives live nearby, why not get together to record some videos of them recalling great life moments? Maybe take some digital shots of the old, physical photos they’ve got stashed away in a shoebox, too. Then add these as Memories to your Timeline together — and maybe even help them download the Memories app to their phone so they can enjoy watching the Timeline evolve over the weeks, months and years ahead.
With a Memories Timeline, it’s easy to create a unique, rich, and lasting family legacy. So, what are you waiting for? Start your Timeline today.
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