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Image I recently wrote a column about preserving family history and how Story Corps is breaking ground in how families can share their stories with others.

The inspiration for that column came from some intense moments my family went through last week. I haven't been in the office since early last week. I've been out of town for several days, to be with my grandmother as she went through surgery. It was a common procedure, but complications arose and she ended up in critical condition in ICU. She's doing much better now, but has a long road to recovery ahead.

It was during the time when we weren't sure what was going to happen that I started to remember all the time spent with my grandmother: all the good times, all the laughter, all the tears, all the stories she shared with us.

I've always enjoyed spending time with my grandparents and hearing their stories about growing up during a different era. When I was younger, I would write down these stories so I would not forget them.. As technology has advanced I now have different tools to record these memories. However, even if I don't always have a digital recorder or video camera around, I'll still make sure to write down things later.

In the column that I wrote for Sunday's paper, I primarily talked about Story Corps.net, and how people can share their own family stories via public and mobile recording studios located all across America.

I did a little more research to find other Web sites that provide information or methods to record your family history, here are some links:

Library of Congress - How do preserve digital memories

Family Oral History - Great site with several tips and articles about preserving family history.

Ancestry.com - You can create a family tree for free, and include audio recordings in the tree.

I'd like to hear any ideas or suggestions you may have as well. How do you preserve your family history? Do you keep a journal, scrapbook or use audio or video recordings?

I'll still continue to search for different methods of keeping record of my family history, and I'll share them with you as I travel this journey.

When I was sure my grandmother was doing better, last Friday I was able to break away and attend a fascinating workshop on visual journalism hosted at Texas State University in San Marcos. I was interested to find that the Victoria Advocate is on top of things when it comes to its use of social media and video production. I'll blog more about the workshop tomorrow.