Grandparents relate stories to their grandchildren. Aunts and uncles tell tales at holiday dinners. Mom and Dad remember how their families prevailed through hard times.
For eons, the stories of our families were passed down in pieces, depending on the moment and who was there to listen.
You never know what might trigger a great tale — it could be an old photo or a letter. Yet once the moment passes it cannot be recaptured, or shared with those who weren't there.
Now there is a way to gather, preserve and share the rich history of your family for generations to come. Best of all, that legacy can continue to grow over time, as the family grows and new memories are made.
Preserve your family's stories
With Dynamic Family Narratives, you can ensure that the vivid stories, life lessons and gems of wisdom you and your family have created over the years will not be forgotten. Instead, you can make them much easier to share. Our Story Team will create a custom digital archive tailored to your areas of emphasis: Your stories told your way.
Dynamic Family Narratives’s unique digital archive allows extensive customization to suit your needs. A secure database houses all story elements, including photos, documents and recordings. Through a secure web-based interface, users explore stories according to the people, time periods and themes that interest them.
We start with what you have, discussing where you would like to start and who is in your audience. We work with any materials you provide to develop story lines, time lines and themes for your approval — and we go no farther than you wish to go.
If boxes of memorabilia feel daunting, our curatorial team can organize and catalog them for you while enriching the fabric of the stories. Selected photographs and documents will be scanned into the archive. Old home movies and video can be added as well. Key events are developed and indexed, linking them and any supporting media into the appropriate time lines.
From this foundation of existing materials, we work with you to identify stories that should be told, and by whom. We produce audio and video recordings of selected family members telling their stories in their words — allowing you to preserve their oral histories for generations to come. As directed, our story team will also scour the historical record, utilize the latest genealogical methods, and build context for your family’s unique experience.
At each step of the process, we present you with options and possibilities. Guided by your choices, we use our proprietary story builder application to create your custom database and personalized user interface. Your stories, told your way, on your private family website.
About the app
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► Burden of compiling and editing is handled by story builder team
► Audio and video recordings preserve stories and wisdom of family elders
► Distill family documents and photos into cohesive stories
► Curator guides process to ensure your stories are told your way
► App employs highest standards of encryption, security and authentication
► Tiered user access levels as defined by you
► You retain full control over who can see what information
► Select and share personal collections with other family members
► Intuitive interface is easily used by family members of all ages
► Format adjusts to screen sizes of tablets, smartphones and computers
► Connects family members regardless of how far apart they live
► New material easily added to grow archive in depth and relevance
Dynamic Family Narratives was formed in 2015 when Albert Blakey, DFN's founder and president, developed a better way to collect, organize and share family stories.
After deploying earlier versions of a proprietary family timeline software for families in the Mid Atlantic region, Albert launched Dynamic Family Narratives in early 2016 as a robust platform to serve large numbers of families with individual, customized digital archives for the private use of family members and invited guests. Albert personally oversees each family story project while managing a team of highly skilled software developers, project managers and professional curators—all to provide Dynamic Family Narratives clients with the highest levels of satisfaction, confidentiality and value.
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