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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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    The Family Curator Turns 4 on July 4


    July 4 is big day for celebrations. The Family Curator is blowing out four candles to mark four years of blogging, and enjoying the fireworks in honor of an even bigger celebration.

    When I launched The Family Curator in 2007, my only objective was to document my progress with a classroom project involving high school girls and my grandmother's old letters. I never could have foreseen that those articles would have led to new friendships, and new opportunities in research and writing. I thought Arline's letters were better than daytime tv, and my students must have agreed. They transcribed over one hundred original letters from 1905 to 1918.

    Since that time, I've exchanged my teacher's desk for my home office, but I am still chipping away at Arline Kinsel's mountain of letters, documents, and photographs. The original cardboard beer boxes that transported things from grandmother's trunk to me have been replaced with archival storage folders and boxes. My computer and external hard drives are filling up with scanned images, and my head is spinning with stories.

    The peculiar thing about blogging (especially when you are just starting out) is that you often feel like you are writing into a vast void. The occasional comment may spark the reminder of life "out there," but blogging can be a lonely occupation. I was stunned by the comments and encouragement from blogging family historians; it seemed that there were other people who loved old stories, too.

    And then, there was footnoteMaven and Shades of the Departed. fM's email was filled with encouragement and an invitation to write a guest post at Shades. One article turned into a conversation and introduced me to a blogosphere of wonderful writers and genealogists. I count myself fortunate to be a part of the Shades staff, and to share the excitement of genealogy with so many others.

    This year has been a difficult one, but the days have been lighter because of my genealogy blogging friends. You know who you are, and I do thank you from the very bottom of my heart. Instead of recapping the year in this post, I am going to highlight past Blogiversary posts and raise a glass to "many more."

    Here are a few milestones along the way:

    Three Years Old! Put Another Candle on the Blog Birthday Cake

    Two! Happy Blogiversary to Me!

    Turning One! The Family Curator Writes at Shades of the Departed

    The Family Curator is Born

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    Reader Comments (7)

    Happy Blogiversary on the 4th, Denise! Your blog is such a blessing to the Genealogy Blogosphere!

    July 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky Jamison

    I feel a song coming on:



    July 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSheri Fenley

    Happy Blogoversary - I have learned so much from your blog.

    July 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreta Koehl

    Happy Blogiversary, Denise!

    July 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBill West

    Thank you, friends, for the good wishes. I'm serving virtual cupcakes! Enjoy!

    July 4, 2011 | Registered CommenterFamily Curator

    I remember the very first post I read about your project and the students who were the impetus for that project. I was hooked by the premise, the writing, the insights.

    You graciously wrote for Shades and were an instant crowd pleaser. And then a good friend who shared her family with me. I may not have a lot of talent, but I know it when I see it. And baby, it's you.

    Here's to many more posts of beautiful writing, amazing photographs, and the occasional visit from PennyD.


    July 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterfootnoteMaven

    Congratulations on turning 4 years old! Your was one of the first blogs I found when I began my own blog and it's still one of my favorites.

    July 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Goodrum

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