Ol’ Myrt from the DearMYRTLE blog is one of my fav geneabloggers, and when I read on her blog recently that she and her daughter Carrie from Not Your Mother’s Genealogy blog, are running the  2012 “Share a Memory” Contest, and I wanted to share it with you just in case you’d missed it.

The “Share a Memory” contest is running from now through until 30 September 2012, with winners to be announced on 5 October 2012 during Family History Month in the USA. But thanks to the internet, you don’t have to live in the USA to “Share a Memory”, so everyone, anywhere can join in.

We all have memories, so it’s just a matter of thinking of something that you would like to share. It could be a child’s memory, an ancestor’s story, a reunion memory, a recipe story, a back to school memory, a family holiday story, a do-it-yourself project story, a favorite thing memory, a cousin story, a birthday memory…

Any story to preserve the memory for your family members can be submitted to this contest.

The video below gives several ideas to get you started:

but you could also do something like:

  • Remind a 5 year old how proud you are he can ride his bike without the training wheels by sharing the video clip on YouTube for the world to see.
  • Blog about how you made that family photo quilt or other crafty family related project.
  • Use Instagram to begin sharing ancestor photos with your siblings and cousins, whilst preserving family history
  • Share a joke or two your Dad always used to tell.
  • Create a short video clip about that old family heirloom.

ALL PROJECTS are designed to “Share a Memory” with other members of your family. I have to agree with O’l Myrt when she says that ‘even if they don’t like traditional family history work, they’ll get a kick out of your work on this project!’ It really is true, and it is q way to get other family members actually interested in their history… so share your memories.

  1. Create your “Share a Memory” project using any sort of technology to preserve the story.
  2. Send the info with a link to your project, via Carrie’s Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/NotYourMothersGenealogy If it is an Instagram, or Twitter be sure to include:
    @NYMGenealogy (for Not Your Mother’s Genealogy!)
    Or simply copy/paste the following text to make it easy: @DearMYRTLE @NYMGenealogy #shareamemory Here’s the link to my contest
  3. Your entry post on Facebook must explain why you’ve chosen to share this particular memory, and how the rest of the family reacted to your “share”.
  4. Limit one project per “share”.
  5. More than one project “share” may be submitted.
  6. By entering the contest, you agree to allow us to “share” your “share” in our blogs and on our Facebook pages.
DEADLINE: 30 September 2012, so they can begin to share your “shares” during October 2012, which is Family History Month in the USA.
JUDGING: The decision of the judges will be purely arbitrary, chocolate bribes are welcome. No seriously — the winner will be chosen at random, and the decisions of the judges are final.

PRIZES: The Prizes will be announced on 5 October 2012. The winners must submit a valid US mailing address to receive the grand prize, unless Amazon.com delivers to your address in other parts of the world. The prizes include:

GRAND PRIZE Kodak PlaySport (Zx5) HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera – Aqua (2nd Generation) – Eastman Kodak Company. You’ll note t has a built-in “SHARE” button to instantly share the video you capture with family and friends.
2nd PRIZE – $50 Amazon.com Gift Certificate
3rd PRIZE – $25 Amazon.com Gift Certificate

Happy memory sharing!