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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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    Highlights from How to Archive Family Photos

    How to Archive Family Photos

    Introducing my newest book. . . How to Archive Family Photos: A Step-by-Step Guide to Organize and Share Your Photos Digitally. As you can see, the Family Curator poster baby is speechless with excitement!

    My author copies have just arrived, which means that pre-orders and early orders are now being shipped from the FamilyTree Books publisher's warehouse. Online resellers like are accepting pre-orders now, with an expected shipping date in May.

    While you're waiting for Mr. Postman to deliver your copy, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite tip and projects along with highlights from the pages of How to Archive Family Photos.

    If your smartphone camera is full of genealogy and family photos, like mine, you’ll find 240 pages of ideas to help you get control of the digital clutter and enjoy your photo collection with family and friends.

    Here’s a preview of the Table of Contents:

    PART 1: Organize, includes digital imaging basics like selecting digital storage devices and photo management software, as well as step-by-step guidance for gathering your images in one central location.
    Chapter 1: Getting Started
    Chapter 2: From Camera to Computer
    Chapter 3: Photo-Management Software
    Chapter 4: Online Photo Services
    Chapter 5: Digital Photo Management Work Flow

    PART 2: Digitize, focuses on your heirloom photo collection and best practices for scanning and organizing your digital images.
    Chapter 6: Collection or Clutter?
    Chapter 7: Prepare to Digitize
    Chapter 8: Gear Up
    Chapter 9: Start Digitizing
    Chapter 10: Organize and Preserve Original Photos

    PART 3: Create, showcases ideas for 25 Keepsake Photo Projects to help you get your photos off the hard drive and into fun projects you can share with family and friends. 
    Chapter 11: Core Photo Project Skills
    Chapter 12: Card, Collage, and Scrapbooking Projects
    Chapter 13: Calendar Projects
    Chapter 14: Smartphone and Tablet Projects
    Chapter 15: Fabric and Home Décor Craft Projects
    Chapter 16: Photo Book Projects

    I hope enjoy reading and using How to Archive Family Photos as much as I enjoyed writing it!

     P.S. If you haven’t yet ordered the book, click HERE to save 20% and get FREE SHIPPING before May 1, 2015.


    Hello Texas! Come Say "Hi" at the Houston Genealogical Forum


    This weekend I’m traveling to the Lonestar State for the May meeting of the Houston Genealogical Forum. I’ll be presenting three sessions on preserving and digitizing family keepsakes, and signing copies of my new book How to Archive Family Photos.

    I’m excited to be visiting a state where my collateral relatives once lived and my grandmother frequently visited. Please introduce yourself and say “Howdy” if are able to attend the meeting.

    Hope to see you there!


    Please, Mr. Postman: Waiting for a Special Delivery of How to Archive Family Photos

    Photo of rural mailboxes

    It will feel Official when the paperback edition of my new book How to Archive Family Photos arrives at the door. If the preview PDF ebook is a hint, all the design details, charts, and photos that look gorgeous on my iPad will look great in the paperback edition too. So, I’m hanging out at the mailbox just waiting to see what today’s post brings my way.

    If you want to get in on an early copy, fresh from FamilyTree Books, this is a great time to take advantage of the FREE SHIPPING Special. Use the special Family Curator Coupon Code ARCHIVE20 and get another 20% off. But don’t wait too long. This offer expires April 30, 2015. ORDER HERE

    How to Archive Family Photos Cover web

    How to Archive Family Photos: A Step-by-Step Guide to Organize and Share Your Photos Digitally is a practical handbook filled with solutions and strategies for organizing your growing photo collection.

    You’ll find:

    • practical ideas for managing smartphone, camera, and downloaded digital images
    • tips to help you set up a file naming and computer folder organizing system
    • best practices for digitizing your heirloom family photos
    • and MORE

    I loved creating the 25 Easy Keepsake Projects featured in my new book, and I think we came up with a great variety of  projects to inspire creatives at all levels of experience. From custom printed photos on fabric to designing a simple online collage or FaceBook Cover, I hope you’ll find new ways to showcase your favorite family photos.

    Order from ShopFamilyTree before April 30, 2015 and get FREE US SHIPPING and 20% off with coupon code ARCHIVE20.

    Also available for Pre-Order at

    Photo by Peter Mackey, “New mailbox - gas bottle cat.” CC License


    Hello, O-HI-O! When You Return to Your Ancestral State, Is It Reverse Migration?

    Auklet flock Shumagins 1986

    Naaah. It’s probably just Family History Travel! But, watever it’s called, I am very excited to be attending the Ohio Genealogical Society Conference in Columbus, Ohio, April 9-11, most especially since discovering that I have at least three native Ohio ancestors from Athens County, Ohio. If their census reporting is accurate, they may even be among the “First Families of Ohio"!

    I’m looking forward to my first visit to the Buckeye State, and to presenting three sessions on preserving and digitizing family keepsakes. Be sure to say “Hello!” if you’re in Columbus for this great event, and please let me know if you have any tips on the Athens County Squires or Lampson families.

    Squires robert lindsay

    Robert Lindsay Squires, born 1836 Athens County, Ohio
    died 1911 Gardner, Johnson County, Kansas 

    I don’t know too much about the Squires-Lampson family, except that they moved to Johnson County, Kansas about 1864 settling in Gardner, Kansas where they raised their large family and lived the rest of their lives. R.L., as Robert was known, was the son of Robert Squires and Cecelia Dean, both born Ohio. R.L. outlived his wife Emma by 16 years, marrying for the second time at the young age of 63.

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    Emma Lampson Squires with her youngest daughter, Emma, born 1884.

    Emma Frances Lampson Squires was born 1837 in Athens County, Ohio to Phillip W. Lampson, born Ohio, and Polly Tracy. She died in Gardner, Kansas at the age of 58, the mother of 12 children.


    More News from Past Student Genealogy Grant Recipients

    Last week, I was excited to share the latest news from three recipients of the Suzanne Winsor Freeman Student Genealogy Grant. Here’s what’s new from two more young genealogist grant awardees:

    Mike Savoca

    Mike Savoca is an expert in onsite Italian research and recipient of the 2013 Student Grant award. He is a recent graduate of Kean University where he majored in History, and is considering working toward an advanced degree in archival studies. Mike recently worked on an archeological dig in a town located in upstate New York where his grandmother’s family once lived (pictured above) and writes, “It was amazing to be able to be a small part in unearthing physical history first hand!"

    Elyse Doerflinger is a graduate of California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in Elementary Education and is currently a first grade teacher at a charter school in Inglewood, in Los Angeles. She is a popular blogger and speaker at genealogy events in the Southern California area and writes frequently for genealogy magazines and publications. Elyse received the Student Genealogy Grant in 2012 and used the funds toward genealogy research and archival supplies for her family photo and document collection.

    Read more about the Freeman Student Genealogy Grant here, and encourage young genealogists to apply for the 2015 Grant Award today. Application deadline is April 10, 2015.

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