Save A Story as a JustServe Project
JustServe Potential Project
Project: Save a Story
Goal: Record memories for the elderly in their own voice
Details: Identify elderly who might wish to participate
Residence of care facilities or assisted living
Community/ Senior Centers
This could be a one-time encounter, or a volunteer could work with the individual repeatedly to record multiple stories.
This could be done by phone or in person if appropriate.
It could be facilitated by the facility to provide the service to multiple residents.
Stories will be stored on Family Search.
Identify a facility where individuals might wish to participate,
Contact the facility and work out details for the interactions
Post the opportunity on JustServe
Contacts an individual who might enjoy sharing their stories.
Determine a time for recording a story and discuss potential topics from 52 Questions.
Create or access an account on Family Search for the individual.
Record a story.
Download the story on Family Search.
Share access to the recorded story with the individual and/or family.
The Program will provide:
52 Questions to prompt a story - https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/52-questions-52-weeks/
Instructions to save the ‘Save a Story’ in Family Search. FamilySearch is a free, secure website, with redundant backup to provide indefinite, secure storage for these precious memories.
Notification of the ‘Save a Story’ memory will be sent to the individual to share with others or keep with their important papers alerting family of its existence upon the individual’s death.
I need Family Search help – This program could potentially introduce people around the world to Family Search. It is certainly not limited to Utah or even the USA. Helping to save memories is a worthwhile volunteer opportunity without geographic, religious, or political boundaries.
Is there a way that the memory can be saved with the individual’s name, date of birth, birth place, and parents if possible. Perhaps it could be saved like other documents, which are then indexed and attached by family members.
How will the individual be able to listen to the story or share it with loved ones?
How will family know there is a memory after the individual dies?
How does the living account transfer to a deceased account and not lock so others will have access to it.
Imagine volunteers are not screened. They may or may not have knowledge of Family Search.
Individuals may or may not already have a FamilySearch account and if so, they may or may not remember the username and password.
If this isn’t possible we could use StoryCorp but we will miss the opportunity to introduce people to Family Search.
I would love to talk about this if you think this is an idea with potential. It would probably require some new programing and maybe more. But I think this is an inspired idea and I hope you can help to bring it about.
Terri DeJohn 801-712-8558