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    Tuesday
    Aug242010

    Heads Up: Fancy Nancy Does Family History

    Fancy Nancy: My Family History (I Can Read Book 1) Now that I have four adorable nieces, I have become a BIG fan of the young girls’ book series, Fancy Nancy, featuring a little girl with a very BIG vocabulary. Maybe you are a fan too?

    And as the designated family historian I am really excited about the forthcoming Fancy Nancy My Family History. The promotional copy on Amazon notes,

    Nancy wants to do an interesting school report on her ancestor. (That's fancy for a family member who lived long ago.) But will she remember to stick to the plain truth?

    The best thing about Fancy Nancy is her whole-hearted enthusiasm with every new adventure she encounters. I can imagine a bit of most new genealogists in this book and am anxious to see where the story leads.

    I look forward to ordering a few copies of this book for the little girls on my birthday and holiday list. Maybe we can spark an interest in a new Family Curator!

    Sunday
    Aug222010

    Which Photos to Save? Family Curator Guest Blogger at Photoloom

    The Family Curator is delighted to be writing about photo organization and selection today as a featured Guest Blogger at Photoloom, Above the Trees.

    It’s Okay to Play Favorites with Your Photos suggests a streamlined workflow for saving the best and setting aside the rest. Your photo slideshows will become lean and more appealing, and your audience will thank you!

    Photoloom is the premiere family photo sharing, tagging, and storage site for genealogists. I first met owners Renee and Scott Huskey at the SCGS Jamboree 2009 and found that we share a common interest in getting family photographs out of our digital cameras and scanners and under the eyes of our families.

    Read the entire article at Photoloom, Above the Trees here.

    Disclaimer: I have not been compensated for writing or mentioning Photoloom. I just like what it does for family history photos.

    

    Thursday
    Aug192010

    Tech Tip: How to Auto-Create a List of Sequential Numbers in MS Word

    After spending way too much time manually typing numbers for my genealogy documents and files, I finally found a way to generate an automatic list of nicely formatted sequential numbers. Now I can quickly make:

    • divider tabs for MRIN family numbers
    • file folder tabs
    • sticky labels to correspond with my photo file numbering system

    Many people like to use a “real” filename for their family photos, but because so many of the photos from my grandmother’s collection are “subject unknown,” I decided to use an informative letter-number filename.

    The first two letters indicate the item is from the Arline Kinsel archive; the next letter indicates the Photo collection, the numbers indicate the photograph’s individual file number:

    AK-P001 = Arline Kinsel archive Photo 001

    In the past, I manually prepared a sheet of labels in Microsoft Word, but this was clumsy and time-consuming. Lately, however, I have used a very easy SEQ script that is already available in the program; I just didn’t know it was there.

    I found these easy to follow instructions at Allen Wyatt’s WordTips and adapted them for my own use.

    Here’s what I do to make sequentially numbered photo labels

    1. Open or download a Word Template for the labels I want to use; such as #5422 Multi-Use Labels.
    2. In the first label space, type the recurring prefix: AK-P0 [zero]. (see example 1)
    3. Immediately following the prefix, type Ctrl+F9 and Word inserts a field.
    4. Type SEQ and a space; type a name for the sequence numbers, such as Photo.
    5. Press F9. A number appears in the field.
    6. Format the text with font, size, style.
    7. Copy the first label using Ctrl + C.
    8. Paste the contents to each label in the left column using Ctrl + V.
    9. I now have one column of labels, all the same.
    10. Select and Copy this column (Ctrl + C) and paste into the second column (Ctrl + V).
    11. I now have a full sheet of labels all the same.
    12. Select ALL using Ctrl + A.
    13. Press F9. All fields are updated with sequential numbers.

    Hooray! Do you have another method to create easy sequential numbers?

     

    Steps 1-3, optional add a leading zero

    Step 9 - one column formatted for numbering

    The completed sheet of labels.

    Thursday
    Aug122010

    Whether To Scan or Photograph Old Documents

    Sometimes family historians have little choice when copying documents or photographs. Whether visiting relatives to share photographs or courthouses to research deeds, we are more likely to carry a digital camera than a scanner.

    In this week’s eNews from the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Michael Leclerc discusses the relative merits of both scanning and photocopying as a means for duplicating original photos and documents.  He particularly cautions against using a scanner, with its bright light, for fragile originals,

    Documents that are in fragile condition, with faded writing, should not be scanned. The bright light can cause even more fading. If they must be scanned, you must be certain to scan them as few times as possible. Every time the image is exposed to the bright light, you are causing damage. Sometimes the damage is not visible to the naked eye, but it will eventually show up in the document.

    Michael goes on to describe a safer practice by using a tripod-mounted camera to photograph documents and images, and notes, “Scanners and cameras take the same types of digital images (TIFFs, JPEGs, etc.). A scanner is, in reality, just a fancy camera.”

    After seeing Ancestry.com’s scanning setup for conferences, I can see where each method has its merits. Scanning can be automated with a sheet-feeding machine, or set up to perform photo-corrections during the scanning. This saves considerable time on the processing and editing end, making a scanner a good choice for newer, less-fragile objects.

    A photo copy stand, however, like the one used to copy my old newspapers and described in an earlier post, was even quicker in copying than a scanner. The real delay was in moving and setting up each shot.

    I primarily scan old photos and documents to create archive TIFF copies. This format is unsupported by my digital camera, but better for archiving than JPG. An alternative would be to shoot photos in JPG and convert to TIFF for archiving.

    Michael makes an excellent case for using a camera to copy fragile or old photos and documents and reinforces the usability of a digital camera.  

    Further Reading:

    Research Recommendations: Scanning vs. Photographing
    by Michael J. Leclerc  (NEHGS eNews August 11, 2010)

    Ancestry.com Scans Old Newspapers, Freedom from the Flatbed

    

    Wednesday
    Aug112010

    Not So Wordless Wednesday: A Birthday Story, One Year Ago Today

    . . . I woke to a unique birthday surprise. My mother, Suzanne Freeman, had written a guest post for Shades of the Departed, kindly published by our friend footnoteMaven.

     

    Twice Told Tuesday: A Birthday Story

     

    Mom was so excited to attend the SCGS Jamboree in 2009 and meet the many bloggers and genealogists she followed. I am not sure where she got the idea for the article, and how she concocted the scheme to post it on Shades, but she was delighted with her own cleverness.

    I tried to persuade her to write her own blog, even setting up a sample page for her, "Mercy Me!" and printing the name on her contact cards, but she liked being a guest author best. This June, she enjoyed seeing her blogger friends, especially footnoteMaven and Thomas MacEntee, again in Burbank.

    Mom has never been one to let a birthday slip by. Our childhood celebrations were extravaganas of creative energy. Each party was fully themed: balloons, Flower Power (must have been the 60's; I really remember that one), a teenage candlelight dinner in the dining room for the birthday girl and friends.

    Mother and daughter, August 11, 1955

    Sadly, Mom has been ill this summer, and isn't up to her usual birthday hijinks but I know she is dreaming up more surprises than ever! Her own birthday isn't until January, so I have some time to plan something exceptional for her!

    Tuesday
    Aug102010

    Tombstone Tuesday: James and Mercy Winsor Eternally Entwined

    James Winsor and Mercy Mathewson Winsor

    East Clarendon Cemetery, Rutland, Vermont

    A Lilac Grows Between their Graves, Eternally Entwined

    Thursday
    Aug052010

    Help Solve the Mystery with our Family Home Tour Photos!

    Last week I posted an article and birthday party photo of my mom and aunt with Mom's school friend Princess Usha, Dating a Photo of Princess Usha at the Brown Girls' Party. Notes on the back of the photo identified one location for the photo, but Mom remembered living at a different address when she was friends with the Princess. Could we determine the correct house from the photograph?

    Letters addressed to family members should have helped narrow the field, but instead they expanded the the possibilities to four houses -- (address and dates of letters)

    • 512 E. 20th Street, Santa Ana (7 Oct 1938 - 6 Jun 1939)
    • 901 W. 3rd Street, Santa Ana (12 Dec 1939 - 16 Feb 1940)
    • 1912 Spurgeon, Santa Ana (6 Dec 1940 - 19 Dec 1940)
    • 1315 N. Broadway, Santa Ana (3 Jan 1941 - 17 Jun 1944)

     

    512 E. 20th Street

    The houses on 3rd Street and on Spurgeon were no longer standing when we looked for them on our Family Home Tour in June 2010; however we were able to photograph a house of a style similar to the Spurgeon house located across the street from the original address.

     

    1912 North Spurgeon is now an apartment building. This house located across the street looked much the same as their old home, according to Suzanne and Frances.

     

    1315 N. Broadway, big Victorian

    After posting the original party photograph I looked through Mom’s photos again and found another picture that had been mounted in her album. This snapshot shows more of the house, including a pillared porch. Details from both photos indicate

    • narrow wood siding with waist-high trim board
    • a good-sized covered porch supported by Classical columns located on the corner of the house
    • steps to the porch from a concrete walkway
    • simple wood-framed windows and doors
    • a hint of rafter in the upper right-hand corner of the picture indicates a roof gable over the porch or a wrap-around eave from a hip roof
    • house situated on a corner lot

    Birthday Party for Susie or Frances Brown, ca 1940.

    Looking at the photos once more, it seems that

    • The style is not Victorian, eliminating the house at 1315 North Broadway.
    • The eaves and lot situation of the house at 512 E. 20th conflict with the party photo house.
    • Therefore the house pictured must be either Spurgeon or the missing 3rd Street house.

    Mr. Curator moonlights as a General Contractor and thinks that houses opposite each other on Spurgeon Street could have been mirror opposites. If so, this house would be very similar to the one shown in the party photograph. The 2010 home has obviously been extensively remodeled; it may have had an original wood front porch with columns. The stone siding added to the lower portion may have originally been wood with a trim board. The house also shows a wrap-around eave suggested in the original party photo.

    What do you think? Is this the right house, or should we keep looking?

    Tuesday
    Aug032010

    DO Try This With Your Photos At Home

    I like seeing the past and present merge by using layers of both historic and present day maps on Google Earth, but morphing photographs is even better.

    The Ghosts of World War II's Past on My Modern Met showcases scenes from World War Two merged with the same location today. Buildings scarred and cratered from bombings are seen as pale foundations for new construction; pitted roads and armed blockades appear in contrast to a calm country village landscape.

    This kind of photo blending has also led to the Looking Into the Past flickr group. Some images show an enlarged photo held up for a present-day photograph; others are obvious photo editing projects. Several include tips and ideas for making your own morphed photos.

    There's even a new iPhone app from the Museum of London called Streetmuseum that makes historic art and photo images available to users. Find an image on your iPhone, hold up the phone and snap a present-day photo for a "window through time." A few years ago we toured London and tried to imagine past events and places; it would have been so much better with on-site acess to historic images. I hope more cities add this kind of interactive tourist guide.

    For now, I would like to take some of our old house photos and create a similar image; imagine the "new" creations, and even "revised" history we could write!

    Wednesday
    Jul212010

    Wordless Wednesday: Dating a Photo of Princess Usha at the Brown Girls' Party

    Mom remembers this special birthday party attended by her school friend, Princess Usha Holkar. A note on the back also identifies other friends Patty and Betty Bright, and Mom's sister, Fran, in the back row sticking out her tongue at the camera. The young woman next to Fran may have been Usha's governess.

     

    "Party Picture, 1912 N. Spurgeon, Santa Ana, Ca, Front Row L-R Patty Bright,
    Kathy Bright, Susie [Brown], Usha, Fran in back sticking out tongue"

    "Party Picture" photograph, in Susie (Brown) Freeman Photo Album, ca. 1942, unpaginated;
    privately held by Denise Levenick, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Pasadena, Caliifornia, 2010.

    Mom loves removing photos from albums, a trait she shares with her own mother, Arline. I think she hopes to find a hidden caption, and if not, she sometimes she adds her own at this later date. All the bits of information help, even if the notes were written at another time, and we are fortunate to several clues to work with. According to the album index sheet, this was "Frances Party," although Mom remembers it as "her" birthday.

    I thought I might be able to use the list of addresses from our Family Home Tour to help date the  photograph, however Mom's and Auntie's recollections conflict with the address on the back of the photo. Mom remembers playing with Usha when they lived on 20th Street; Frances remembers being in the second grade when the family lived at 1912 North Spurgeon. Fran and Susie both celebrate their birthday in January, but January of which year?

    Was it  January of 1939 (Fran 8, Susie 6), or January 1940 (Fran 9, Susie 7), or January 1941 (Fran 10, Susie 8). I am not sure of Fran's age in second grade. Maybe she can answer that question. She was a smart little girl and may have been young for her grade.

    I also looked at postmarked letters from these years and found three letters addressed to family members at Spurgeon in December of 1940, six letters addressed to the family at 3rd Street from Sept 1939 through Feb 1940; and 10 letters addressed to 20th Street from October 1938 through June 1939; and 44 letters addressed to No. Broadway from 3 Jan 1941 through June 1944. It may be that a closer at the individual letters will show where the family was receiving mail in January of each year, and help  solve this little puzzle.

    From Mom's "Princess Diaries"

    Happy Birthday Princess Usha from your friend Susie Brown

    It's the Holiday Season at Princess Usha's Orange County House

     

    Sunday
    Jul182010

    A Different Family Road Trip

     

    Dear Readers of The Family Curator,

    Only a few weeks ago, the Winsor Women were touring Orange County on a family road trip visiting homes and haunts of my mom's early years in California. This past week, however, my sister and I have been on a different kind of road trip -- to be with Mom in a Tucson hospital following the kind of early morning phone  call that rarely brings good news.

    Everything here is a witness to Mom's dry sense of humor, strong spiritual faith, and love of family and friends. Early in the week, Mom saw the darkening sky through her hospital window and warned us to pull off the road if a monsoon hit while we were driving. Yes, Mom. Late one day, she saw the same sky turn rosy and smiled with the retiree's refrain, "The sky's turning pink... " Yes, Mom. Yesterday, following surgery she whispered, "It's a happy, crappy day." Oh, yes Mom.

    We are warmed by the good wishes from her church, family, friends, and extended community -- including those bloggers and genealogists who met us at Jamboree and through The Family Curator. She loves her "fans" and the comments we have received on articles about her family and experiences. Lately she has been working on a list of "famous people I have met and had my picture taken with." Of course, Princess Usha of Holkar tops the list.

    While Mom rests, I am pulling together notes and stories for the family history she so earnestly wants to know and praying that she will soon be adding to the stories herself.  A few days before she became ill, we discovered the Chamblin-Schiffbauer connection (yes, there was a marriage) and we now have a new family with several male names to research. Maybe we can solve a few more puzzles to share with Mom very very soon.

    Thank you for your good wishes and prayers,

    Denise, The Family Curator

     

    Sunday
    Jul182010

    Four Tried and True Systems for Organizing Genealogy Research

    This article was written for my local genealogy society newsletter. You are welcome to use it in your own society online or print publication; please credit www.TheFamilyCurator.com.

    Genealogists may not see eye to eye on the Perfect Organizational System for data and sources, but they will certainly agree that they would rather spend time finding ancestors than filing papers. The challenge is to create a system that suits the personality and habits of the user and is easy to create and maintain.

    Here are four systems worth investigating –

    Organize Your Paper Files http://www.fileyourpapers.com/

    Genealogical Research Associates recommends using a straightforward numerical system based on Marriage Record Numbers in conjunction with your genealogy database software program. An illustrated tutorial provides step-by-step instructions for setting up and filing papers.

    Finally, Get Organized  http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2009/01/finally-get-organized-jan-2009.html

    Dear Myrtle (speaker and podcaster Pat Richley) describes her system of 3-ring notebooks in the first monthly installment of the series “Finally, Get Organized: January 2009 Checklist.” The monthly PDF checklists highlight different aspects of genealogy work, from organizing files to time management. Find the organizing blog posts by typing “checklist” in the “Search This Blog” search box.

    Organizing Your Files https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Organizing_Your_Files

    Folders, binders, and overall concepts are all discussed in a comprehensive article on the FamilySearch Wiki. Beginning with a discussion of the value of organizing your files, through organizing principles, setting up a system, maintaining your files, and using document numbers for filing, this article lays a good foundation for any genealogy filing system.

    How I Organize My Genealogy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrWf6VmKVCs&feature=related

    Elyse Doerflinger is a college student and experienced genealogy blogger and speaker. She has recorded a series of YouTube videos featuring step-by-step instructions for setting up a genealogy filing system and staying on top of the paper piles. Browse videos by Elyse90505 for more simple, effective filing tips.

    If you haven’t found The Perfect System yet, don’t despair; keep looking and asking questions. And, as you investigate all the many possibilities, use a simple system that helps you stay in control of your research so you can spend your time finding – instead of filing – your ancestors.

    Ten Tips for Organizing Genealogy Research

    1. Sheet Control – Use standard 8 ½ x 11-inch paper for all notes and printouts.
    2. Stay Single – One surname, one locality per sheet for easy filing.
    3. No Repeats – Avoid errors; write legibly the first time.
    4. Dating Yourself – Always write the current date on your research notes.
    5. Be Color Clever – Distinguish family lines with different colored folders, binders, tabs.
    6. File First – File one research trip or effort before starting the next one.
    7. Ask Directions – Write your own filing instructions; a big help when you take a long break.
    8. Supply Closet – Keep a stash of folders, plastic sleeves, tabs, printer ink.
    9. One File at a Time – Work through paper piles steadily; the mess didn’t happen in one day.
    10. KISS – Keep It Simple, Silly! Use an easy to set up, easy to maintain system.

    

    Friday
    Jul092010

    Four Tried and True Systems for Organizing Genealogy Research

    This article was written for my local genealogy society newsletter. You are welcome to use it in your own society online or print publication; please credit www.TheFamilyCurator.com.

    Genealogists may not see eye to eye on the Perfect Organizational System for data and sources, but they will certainly agree that they would rather spend time finding ancestors than filing papers. The challenge is to create a system that suits the personality and habits of the user and is easy to create and maintain.

    Here are four systems worth investigating –

    Organize Your Paper Files http://www.fileyourpapers.com/

    Genealogical Research Associates recommends using a straightforward numerical system based on Marriage Record Numbers in conjunction with your genealogy database software program. An illustrated tutorial provides step-by-step instructions for setting up and filing papers.

    Finally, Get Organized  http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2009/01/finally-get-organized-jan-2009.html

    Dear Myrtle (speaker and podcaster Pat Richley) describes her system of 3-ring notebooks in the first monthly installment of the series “Finally, Get Organized: January 2009 Checklist.” The monthly PDF checklists highlight different aspects of genealogy work, from organizing files to time management. Find the organizing blog posts by typing “checklist” in the “Search This Blog” search box.

    Organizing Your Files https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Organizing_Your_Files

    Folders, binders, and overall concepts are all discussed in a comprehensive article on the FamilySearch Wiki. Beginning with a discussion of the value of organizing your files, through organizing principles, setting up a system, maintaining your files, and using document numbers for filing, this article lays a good foundation for any genealogy filing system.

    How I Organize My Genealogy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrWf6VmKVCs&feature=related

    Elyse Doerflinger is a college student and experienced genealogy blogger and speaker. She has recorded a series of YouTube videos featuring step-by-step instructions for setting up a genealogy filing system and staying on top of the paper piles. Browse videos by Elyse90505 for more simple, effective filing tips.

    If you haven’t found The Perfect System yet, don’t despair; keep looking and asking questions. And, as you investigate all the many possibilities, use a simple system that helps you stay in control of your research so you can spend your time finding – instead of filing – your ancestors.

    Ten Tips for Organizing Genealogy Research

    1. Sheet Control – Use standard 8 ½ x 11-inch paper for all notes and printouts.
    2. Stay Single – One surname, one locality per sheet for easy filing.
    3. No Repeats – Avoid errors; write legibly the first time.
    4. Dating Yourself – Always write the current date on your research notes.
    5. Be Color Clever – Distinguish family lines with different colored folders, binders, tabs.
    6. File First – File one research trip or effort before starting the next one.
    7. Ask Directions – Write your own filing instructions; a big help when you take a long break.
    8. Supply Closet – Keep a stash of folders, plastic sleeves, tabs, printer ink.
    9. One File at a Time – Work through paper piles steadily; the mess didn’t happen in one day.
    10. KISS – Keep It Simple, Silly! Use an easy to set up, easy to maintain system.
    Thursday
    Jul082010

    What I Use for What I Do

    GeneaBloggers has issued a “call to share” genealogy tech tools via a “What I Do” meme. I like Thomas MacEntee’s post today at Destination Austin Family because it addresses my nosier nature and answers that burning question, “Hey, what do you use to . .  ?.”

    More importantly, as Thomas notes, “this meme is important to the genealogy blogging community because it gives others an idea of how we achieve the genealogy "voodoo" that we do do so well.”

    I hope other genealogy bloggers will pick up the theme and share their tools as well, and remember to add a little biographical note to give context to the list.

    CV – Although I have used Apple Macs in the past, I now use PCs only, and rely on several PC-only software programs for some of my most essential tasks. I’ve added my specific favorites to the list in the Genealogy tool section.

    • Genealogy database: Legacy FamilyTree 7.4, RootsMagic 4
    • Genealogy tools:  Transcript, CensusTracker (couldn’t do without it)
    • Writing and Research Tools: Evernote for Desktop, Online, Blackberry, iPod Touch
    • Archive and Research Database: AskSam (full-text searchable for transcribed letters and documents from my family archive)
    • Photo Organization, Meta Tagging, and File Conversion: Adobe PhotoShop Elements 7.0 (for personal and family photos); Adobe Lightroom 2 (for genealogy photos, scanned images); XnView (free version, for quick review, splitting multi-page TIFF images into individual JPGs, other tasks)
    • PDF generator: PDF Creator (easy and free)
    • Blog: SquareSpace (not free, but loaded with features and great spam filters)
    • Car audio: whatever’s in my car!
    • Other tech stuff: audiobooks from Audible.com and my local public library

    Thanks for the great topic, Thomas.

    

    Wednesday
    Jul072010

    Wordless Wednesday: Family Home Tour Edition, 2

     

    Arline Kinsel Brown in front of the American Legion Hall
    Orange, California, ca. 1946

    Suzanne Freeman in front of the American Legion Building
    Orange, California, 2010

    Sunday
    Jul042010

    Put Another Candle on the Blog Birthday Cake

    Has it been three years already? I was blogging on various subjects when The Family Curator was launched July 4, 2007, but I never imagined that my student family history project would start a long-term affair with genealogy blogging.

    Anniversaries are a good time to reflect on highlights of the year past, and this year I want to thank some of the special bloggers I have been honored to meet in Real Life after a first acquaintance began online.

    On The Family Curator’s First Blogiversary in 2008, I was excited to announce the publication of my guest column, “Reading Women’s Lives,” for footnoteMaven’s Shades of the Departed. This was be the beginning of a wonderful new friendship with the Belle of the Blogs. footnoteMaven has been a model of professionalism, generosity, courtesy, and kindness. Truly, she is a lovely light in the genealogy blogosphere.

    By my Second Blogiversary in 2009, I had met several bloggers in Real Time, and counted myself fortunate indeed to be the beneficiary of their experience and advice. At first, I was surprised to find that Randy Seaver was a living, breathing person; his ability to write well, research thoroughly, enjoy his grandchildren, and dote on his lovely wife seemed like more than any one person could accomplish. Randy defies all limits, however. He really is a Genealogy Blogger Extraordinaire.

    I also met Thomas MacEntee, a GeneaBlogger genius ready to lend a helping hand with my tech questions and blogging conundrums. What fun to discover that we both shared a love of the New York countryside, and even more fun to work together on the blogger welcome bags for Jamboree.

    Then, there was Amy Coffin of WeTree and Craig Manson of Geneablogie whose passion and persistence motivated me to keep digging when I was ready to throw in the towel. Kathryn Doyle and Elizabeth O’Neal who opened my eyes to Twitter and Facebook; they made it look sooooo easy. Sheri Fenley, Cheryl Palmer, and Susan Kitchens who made it all sooooo fun.  And so many more bloggers…  

    Each person I met online long before we met face-to-face, and those meetings did not disappoint.

    In 2010, I have been able to shake hands, share a meal, and swap tales with even more genealogy bloggers and readers. I loved getting to know Miriam Midkiff, the brains behind the monthly Scanfest, as well as organized pros like Steve Danko, Canadian blogger and fellow-welcome-bagger Joan Miller, travelling blogger Becky Wiseman, enthusiastic young bloggers A.C. Ivory and Elyse Doerflinger, and many more...  These are only some of the wonderful genealogy bloggers I have been able to meet in person.

    It’s a fine journey, and the best part is that there is still so much more to come. Thank you, friends, for three great years. Happy Blogiversary !