You know you will become one of those custodians in the future? That's why its important to separate fact from fiction as much as you can right now .
I've had discussions with various individuals about capturing some of our rich oral history. Always seems to be some new pressure to derail this project.
Hope some critical mass builds up around this idea so someone can get it going.
In a sense, we all are custodians, which is why we need to pool our knowledge (that separating fact from fiction you mentioned).
Re "pressure to derail" -- I can empathize. I made a number of attempts to document my family's history which would have coincided but I couldn't even get my sibling's co-operation to handle the recorder when I had to be away. I ended up having to ask for some of the story in writing (but that was too taxing on the individual -- who was willing mind you). Then one of my sisters offered to transcribe said notes -- that was the last I sawr of them. I know she did it -- just not passing it back to me.
I just settled for the talks instead -- but so much has been lost.
Eventually some family from overseas picked up the slack.
I work in IT/computing and one of the things that's been shoved down our throats is that if we want something done -- we need management's buy-in. One other thing I noticed is that not everyone wants to get in on the ground floor. They jump on when things start going. Too many times we play the waiting game. If the current custodians are willing I say full speed ahead!
Who was it that said if you don't know where you're from you can't know where you're going?