Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Legacy Box

If you are a genealogist, it isn't hard to figure out what a "legacy box" is - a box filled with the photos, documents, recordings, videos, etc. of your family.  It is the collection of many lifetimes and is probably residing in various boxes, drawers, closets and cupboards waiting for someone (perhaps you) to put it all in order and preserve it for generations to come.  Not an easy task.  I have been working on it for years and am still not done - and I don't have all that much stuff.  Most of it has been scanned and digitized and lives on a thumb drive.  So now I have two collections, one physical and one digital.  Some of it will be worked into my family history narrative, some into my memoir, but in the end, if I don't figure out how to preserve it, it will all just stay where it is and get passed along to someone else in the family.  Ideally, it would be great to organize all the digital stuff onto a DVD in a format that would make it fun to watch and turn it into a true keepsake of our family.  Again, a lot of work, particularly for someone who is not adept at making "movies".  Wouldn't it be great to be able to just hand it all off to someone else who could do it for me?

Well, there is just a someone.  It's called Legacy Box.  You fill a legacy box with all your memories (tape, file, photos, audio) and send it off to the folks at Legacy Box, and in a few weeks they send it all back to you with everything preserved on DVDs.  The cost runs anywhere from $75 to $500 (depending on how much stuff you have).  When you order your box they will send you a package containing three crush-proof boxes, a welcome guide and reference card, a pre-paid FedEx shipping label and packing material.  All you have to do is fill it up, slap on a label, and get it to a FedEx drop off.  What you get back are archival DVDs with digital copies, a legacy box (for keepsakes) and your original collection of stuff.  Easy peasy.  

Today, 2 Dec 2014, when I was perusing their website, I noticed they are offering 25% off and also have a bogo special.

So check out www.legacybox.com and start preserving those memories!

NOTE:  I have not used Legacy Box.  In preparing this blog post, I did scour the Internet for reviews of the company and their services and did not find a great deal.  In all fairness, the company is only about a year old.  They do have a Facebook page, and you can find extensive material on the company by visiting their Kickstarter page.  

--  submitted by Denise Doyon

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