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Growing and Sharing Your Family Tree shows how rewarding and informative building a family history can be. Genealogy instructor Jeff Sengstack teaches how to find lost ancestors, connect with living relatives, and collaborate with others to grow a family tree. He explains how to use the Family Tree Maker application along with Ancestry.com and other internet sites to track down census data, immigration records, and other important documents, and then organize family tree data. Jeff also presents tips on how to scan old photos, create video slideshows, and build family web sites. Exercise files accompany this course.
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I mentioned in another video that it's a good idea to record family members reminiscing about their parents or siblings or family history, in general. You can do that. So you can gather information for your family tree, but you also might want to share those recordings. They could be audio recordings or video recordings. The thing is if you take a video recording or an audio recording, you might want to edit it. You might want to turn it into a series of clips or some kind of a slideshow with music, something like that. I want to show you an example of a video I made for my father. He asked me if I could work with him to create a video about his family line that he could share with his three children.
So I'm going to show you a little excerpt from that and then after that excerpt, I'm going to show you a quick look at how you can create your own video. (Male speaker: Jeff, Lynn, and Gregg, this video is for you.) (Male speaker: It's purpose is to give you some idea of where your forebearers came from) (Male speaker: and how they lived.) (Male speaker: So away we go.) (Male speaker: My father's ancestors came from northern Germany. My mother's from Ireland and London.) (Male speaker: Stengstack means blazing torch in German. This is our coat of arms.) (Male speaker: Out ancestor's burned weeds in the Vasa River to keep the ship channel clear from the North Sea to Bremen.
(Male speaker: This apparently paid off because later many Stengstacks became ship owners and business and political leaders in Bremen.) (Male speaker: Hinrich Sengstack was the president of the city state in 1786.) (Male speaker: My father's parents, Johann Sengstacke and Katherine Damke, both immigrated from Germany in the 1880s.) (Male speaker: They left under tough conditions.) (Male speaker: Johann Senstacke, whom we call Pop, immigrated at the age of 21 and with little money,) (Male speaker: from a small village south of Bremen called Sudweyhe.) (Male speaker: He opened at green grocery at 77th Street and 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge Brooklyn,) (Male speaker: much like this one owned by a relative elsewhere in Brooklyn.) (Male speaker: He worked hard, taking his horse and wagon on the 69th St ferry to Staten Island and back very early each morning) (Male speaker: to bring in fresh produce.) (Male speaker: My father told me that when he became old enough to hold the reins,) (Male speaker: he made deliveries in the neighborhood.) (Male speaker: One of his aunts once said she felt some concern, seeing such a small boy handling such large animals.) (Male speaker: Katherine Damke, whom we call Mom, her friends called her Kate, immigrated from a farming village southwest of Bremen, (Male speaker: called Lavelsloh.) (Male speaker: She left when she was 14, packed in steerage class with her 18-year old sister Sophie.) (Male speaker: Katherine and Sophie worked as maids.) (Male speaker: Here they are some years later.) (Male speaker: This is a picture of their father, mother, two sisters and a brother, whom they left behind in Germany.) (Male speaker: It must have been a heart-wrenching decision to leave.) Now, I have a background in video production and there are some effects in there that you probably wouldn't be able to do in a simple video editing project, but for the most part, you could create something like that using a free product that comes with Windows.
It's called Movie Maker. This is an example of how it would look if you were to create a video like that inside Movie Maker. You can learn more about how to use Movie Maker by viewing a tutorial at Lynda.com. If you want to step up to a higher level of video editing, you can use a product called Adobe Premiere Elements. It allows you to do some of those special effects that I showed you in the previous video. Lynda.com also has a tutorial on Premiere Elements, and I'm the author of that tutorial. So I can hardly recommend that particular one. So that's basically how you can take images and audio and create videos that you can share with others.
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