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    In every family, someone ends up with “the stuff.” It is the goal of The Family Curator to inspire, enlighten, and encourage other family curators in their efforts to preserve and share their own family treasures.

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    Thanks for the compliment

    It’s always fun to be “picked,” and even more fun when the compliment comes from someone you’ve never met but with whom you share a bond. I am honored that Leslie Ann at Ancestors Live Here enjoys The Family Curator and has tagged me with the Kreativ Blogger Award, and I was especially delighted to learn that Leslie Ann is an Idaho girl, I am too if only in my heart.

    In keeping with the spirit of the Award, here are seven things readers may not know about me --

    1. I lived in Moscow, Idaho for three years and still miss the rolling Palouse hills.
    2. I won First Prize for my home-canned salsa at the Latah County Fair.
    3. I love icy cold glass bottles filled with fresh milk and a cup of cream at the top.
    4. I have designed counted-cross-stitch patterns for national magazines.
    5. I have made soap from lye and dye from fruit and vegetables.
    6. I live in the second largest city in the United States.
    7. I wish my city ordinance allowed backyard chickens in my neighborhood.

    Many wonderful blogs are already wearing this badge, so I challenged myself to seek out young blogs (less than six months old) worthy of being named Kreativ. In my quest, I found --

    1. Stephen Mills is writing about funeral and mourning customs at A Land of Deepest Shade. His articles thus far have featured poignant photographs and compelling narrative. I’m looking forward to reading more at this site.
    2. It’s great fun to find a new voice with old stories, like Lavinia Schwarz at Hacienda Circle. Monday Maps are just one of her topics. You have to love a lady who writes about her ancestor, “I love my men, but I adore our grandmothers.” Keep writing, Vinnie!
    3. Astrid is documenting her Norwegian and Italian genealogical work at Of Trolls and Lemons, a very creative blog name itself. I especially enjoyed her Treasure Chest Thursday post detailing her grandmother’s jewelry and the stories each piece tells. I hope we hear more from Astrid.
    4. I’m a sucker for word-play, and A Multitude of-sens promises to be a clever blog to follow. Tracy writes “I’ve got Christensens, Johnasens, Petersens, Olsens…”  She has been posting regularly for Tombstone Tuesday, with other interesting topics in-between. I didn’t know about The Locator, did you?
    5. The Professional Descendent researches Scottish ancestors and writes on a variety of topics at her blog of the same name. Don’t miss Dead Woman Walking, the photograph and story of photo enhancement before Photoshop.
    6. I love finding a blog that moves my own research forward, so thank you thank you to Angela who is writing What Was Their Story. I do have Missouri ancestors who have been difficult to locate, and her tip about the Missouri Digital Heritage is a great resource.
    7. Polly Fitzgerald Kimmitt is a busy writer, working on projects for a local online newspaper and keeping up with her new blog, PollyBlog. The tag line explains quite a bit: How to Juggle Genealogy and Life. I look forward to some great ideas here, as well as more beautiful document photographs and careful transcriptions.

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    Reader Comments (5)

    Are you by chance a Vandal? For nearly two years, I lived about a half mile from the Latah Co fairgrounds in Moscow. I have many good memories from my time there.

    November 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

    Vandal ties, yes. Mr. Curator was in grad school (Fisheries) Dept and I worked at the Alumni Office and Dept of Ag Publications. We lived just of the Pullman Hwy! Small world.

    November 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Family Curator

    Thank you for the award. I very much appreciate it, and though I'm not sure I've lived up to it, I hope I will do so in the future. It certainly was a good 'kick in the pants' for me personally; I've been a bit lazy these past couple of weeks, and it has served as a good reminder of my goals.

    Thanks too for the introduction to your blog - it's great - and I'm certainly looking forward to more of your posts!

    Many blessings!

    November 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

    Would you share your salsa recipe? Or is that a family secret? :-)

    November 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

    I'm happy to share the salsa recipe, but as it is for fresh tomatoes home canned and processed in a water bath, it might be better in tomato season. That would also give me time to find the recipe! It was pretty darn good, as I recall.

    November 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Family Curator

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