The Real Cost of Tracing Your Heritage

By Judith Sjo-Gaber - 2012-03-28T16:12:32Z

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Record Family Interviews

Multimedia adds depth to your family tree. Programs such as Family Tree Maker and sites such as Ancestry.com let you upload audio and video to the tree. Chances are, you already have a smartphone that records voice and video, or you can pick up an Olympus Digital Voice Recorder for $94 and a Flip UltraHD Video Camera for $168 on Amazon.com. Of course, since this is for eternity, you may want a really good video camera with a tripod.

Running Tally: $3,125 (assumes you have a video camera)

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