Tech Review: Saving Memories Forever

What would you give to hear a loved one's voice again?  If you are like me, I bet you said pretty much anything.  I have a copy of my paternal grandmother’s answering machine message.  It is the only item I have that I can listen to and connect with her again on that level.  While it is true that when I read notes and letters from her I can “hear” her inside my head, there is nothing like being able to listen to the sound of a person’s voice.

Which brings me to the next question.  Don’t you think that future generations will feel the same way?  I mean, if we are craving it now those future genealogists, researchers, historians, or family members are going to want it too.  So, are you saving your memories…forever?  If not, you soon will be.  Promise.

Saving Memories Forever, the 2014 Developer’s Challenge winner from RootsTech and 2012 Project Innovation winner, is a website and mobile app which work together allowing you to quickly and easily capture audio recordings.  Quick and easy are two things I really like as a mom and researcher.  My kids and my parents can both use it making it that much better.

The app is available for both android and iPhone and is less than $1, a real steal!  Like I said, it is easy to use.  All you have to do is start it up and off you go.  You are ready to record in under 5 minutes from download of the app.

The Bakers (Harvey and Jane are the founders) have put a lot of love into this cause.  They make it nearly pain-free to interview yourself or someone else.  If you don’t know what to say, never fear.  There are interview prompt questions available for you to use.  You can either record your own answers or ask your family members.  When you are finished with your answers they can be uploaded to the website for storage.

There are free and paid versions on the website, and you can check out the details on the differences here.  Personally, I think it is well worth the $3.99 / month for the safekeeping and storage of my recorded memories.  Even better, if you can’t keep up your subscription they will still keep your recordings.  You won’t be able to have all the extras but your stories will not be deleted.

Still not sure it is for you?  Why not attend one of their free webinars?  Upcoming events are posted to their blog as well as their Facebook page.  Trust me, you are going to love it.  There are endless possibilities for recording yours and your loved ones memories for the pure pleasure of future generations.





About Shannon Combs Bennett

Shannon Combs-Bennett, owner of T2 Family History, is a speaker and author based out of Virginia. She enjoys teaching about a wide range of topics from DNA to methodology. Currently Shannon is the Creative Director for The In-Depth Genealogist. You can learn more about her at

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