Month: April 2016

Family History Consultant

Creative Way to Encourage Family History in a Ward

Need a creative way to encourage LDS ward and branch members to participate in family history? Create a visual family tree on  bulletin and watch it grow! Read my guest post at Family Locket for more details.

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Blog Party

Where Would My Time Machine Take Me?

Whenever anyone asks the questions, “If you could go back in time and…” my audio memory starts playing the chorus to Cher’s song “If I Could Turn Back Time.” The song doesn’t refer to the kinds of time traveler questions but the song just won’t leave my mind. Time Traveling is the theme of many […]

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Gravestone photos

Tombstone Tuesday Tip: Make it Tidy

With lovely weather, we can head out to the cemetery and photograph stones for our own research or as a service to those desperate for the images but live too far away to do it themselves. As we photograph the stones, let’s spend a few extra minutes caring for the stones before we snap a […]

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Brick Walls

Could There Be More Than The Draft?

In the post  Another Land in Crisis, I share the story of how my German immigrant 3-times great-grandfather Joseph Geißler had come to America potentially to escape the turmoil in Baden following the 1848 German revolution only to have his new country descend into the Civil War. In June 1863, Joseph would sign the Union draft register […]

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Gravestone photos

Photographing Unevenly Lit on Stones

Have you ever had a photo from a cemetery that looks like this? Photo by Devon Lee Louise Gramlich Green Lawn Cemetery Find A Grave Memorial #75114324 It’s a mixture of shadows and bright lights falling unevenly on your stone. Why? Because the stone is situated under a tree and I visited the cemetery in […]

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Online Research

Using the Notes Section on FamilySearch

In the movie, the Ten Commandments, the pharaoh often says, “So let it be written, so let it be done.” Well, I need that kind of power to make a correction to the Gordon family line of mine stick. Thankfully, FamilySearch has a way to do just that. Partly I would use the “Reason to […]

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Gravestone photos

Transcribe Gravestones On Site In Cemeteries

For some of us, Spring is here! And for some of you, you’re ready to go to their nearby cemetery and snap photos for FindAGrave or BillionGraves. There is one very important tip to remember. Transcribe the stone on the spot! Photo by Devon Lee Ellen S Hemler Green Lawn Cemetery Find A Grave Memorial […]

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Brick Walls

Joseph Geissler: Possible Migration Party

  For several months I have shared the story of my 3-times great-grandfather Joseph Geißler who immigrated from Baden to Franklin County, Ohio. I firmly believe we have to Stop Researching and Start Writing our ancestor’s stories in order to a) make them more enjoyable for those who inherit our research and b) so we […]

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Family History Consultant
Online Research

How to Not Introduce Reason Statements

For weeks I have shared a number of examples of how to write reason statements for the sources you discover on FamilySearch.org. As this is the only website that requires you to add statements when you link a source, I have only focused on this website. Additionally, I spend a lot of time teaching beginning […]

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Write about the Ordinary Extraordinary People
Writing Family History

Write the Family History of Ordinary People

In May 1998, country music star Clay Walker released his 16th single entitled “Ordinary People, ” but it was the worst performing song he ever had. Despite failing to resonate with a wide audience, the song and its core values have sustained and inspired me through my life and as I work on capturing and […]

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