Month: August 2015

Genealogy 101
Preserving

3 Critical Tips about Preserving Your Family History

If you are not working to preserve what you have access to, it will be gone and you will kick yourself for the loss. Here are a few tips from my blogging pal at Genealogy Tip of the Day along with some of my remarks about the tip. Save the Photo and the Facts Behind the […]

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Family History Consultant
Genealogy 101
LDS Topics
Online Research

5 Five Steps to Research Someone You Know Little About

A common complaint in beginning genealogy is, “I can’t research someone I know little about.” Or it’s phrased in this way. “I want to learn more about my great-grandmother, but I don’t know much about her. How do I begin?” Today I will walk you through the beginning steps I take to discover research someone […]

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Personal History
Scrapbooking

Heritage Scrapbooking: Collage With A Purpose

Remember back in the heyday of modern paper scrapbooking when the “Creative Memories” philosophy was king? Cut your photos into pleasing shapes and add stickers and die-cut shapes to a layout and you’ll have your memories preserved forever.  Although the company was big on preservation, they forgot one little detail. When you start chopping your […]

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Genealogy 201

How Not to Write a Collaboration Email

Collaboration is the name of the game in genealogy. I love when someone contacts me asking about research that I have shared on Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, or FindAGrave. However, there’s one little thing that folks can do to make their emails a little easier to respond to. ADD A LINK OR ID I know that seems […]

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Read about the 5 Stories I Uncovered While Writing Family History
Writing Family History

5 Stories I Uncovered While Writing About My Ancestors

I have shared several tips and strategies for starting the process of writing a family narrative, an essay about the folks on your family tree. In writing these life sketches, I have uncovered several stories that I didn’t know before I started the process. No one is alive to tell me these stories, just records […]

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Personal History
Scrapbooking

Use Busy Patterns to Hide Photo Flaws on Heritage Scrapbook Layouts

Once again, I’m sharing another page from my 70s era personal history scrapbook and it involves photos that were cut before I took the time to digitize them. At the end of this post, I’ll link to some of the other page layouts that involve ways to downplay the damage I’ve done. On this scrapbook […]

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Inspiration

From the Readers: Keeping Watch Over Me

One of my readers sent a lovely story about the discovery of a photo that is now on the piano in her living room. Growing up, I always knew that my family didn’t know much about our family history.  My paternal grandfather died in his mid-30s, so he didn’t have a chance to pass on […]

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Editorial
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LDS Topics

Measuring Family History: Participation Versus Output

Many organizations in the genealogy world want to engage more participation in the work for altruistic or financial reasons. There is nothing wrong with wanting to increase the number of people involved in family history. For many years, I have sought to inspire more participation regardless of how it personally benefits me. I know family […]

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