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    Bash Down Brick Walls, One Brick at a Time: Blog Book Tour Visits the In-Depth Genealogist

    Today, the How to Archive Family Keepsakes Blog Book Tour checks in at The In-Depth Genealogist to share a few thoughts on breaking down genealogy brick walls. We've all experienced those frustrating family history problems that we just can't seem to solve. I hope these "demolition" tricks will give you a few ideas to help you knock down a few obstacles to your own research success.

    Bashing Brick Walls, One Brick at a Time

    When I began researching my family history years ago, I thought that locating elusive birth and marriage records would solve my most difficult genealogy puzzles. I was SO WRONG!

    As quickly as I confirmed a birthdate, the search turned to finding a marriage, which led to another hunt for the parents of the newlyweds. And, even when I found exactly what I was looking for, I wasn’t always able to confirm a hypothesis or move forward to the next task. I was bogged down in notes, papers, and files. I needed to get organized. (continue reading at The In-Depth Genealogist). . .

    and remember to comment at each Host Blog Post for your chance to win one of the Weekly Giveaway prizes.

    Guest Post by Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator. Copyright, 2012, Denise May Levenick. All Rights Reserved.

    Join the Blog Book Tour for How to Archive Family Keepsakes January 10-26, 2013 for author interviews, book excerpts, giveaways, and more. Visit the Blog Book Tour Page at The Family Curator website for the complete schedule.


    Organize Genealogy Research Materials: Blog Book Tour Visits The Practical Archivist

    Got Genealogy Records? What to do when you inherit Uncle Joe’s Family Group Sheets

    Today the How to Archive Family Keepsakes Blog Book Tour visits Sally Jacobs, The Practical Archivist. When Sally and I first talked about possible Guest Post subjects she was quick to suggest a post on inheriting genealogy records.

    Anyone who received a family history bequest might wonder, "What do I do now? Do I have to save ALL this stuff?"

    The easy answer is, "Yes" and "No." 

    Organize Archival Papers: Genealogy Research Materials
    Book Excerpt from How to Archive Family Keepsakes

    Guest Post by Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator, author of How to Archive Family Keepsakes (Family Tree Books, 2012).

    Were you lucky enough to inherit your great-grandmother’s marriage certificate? and photograph? If so, you’ve certainly marked them for preservation and digitization. But what do you do with inherited genealogy research – computer printouts, census copies, family group sheets, and photocopies of old books?

    Are you a second or third generation genealogist? Does research run in your genes? Does your family archive include boxes of genealogy research, printed pedigree charts, handwritten family group sheets, and carefully photocopied source material? (continue reading at the Practical Archivist) . . .

    and P.S. -- Week 2 GIVEAWAY

    Sally is the brains behind the Family History Oversize Archive Kit, this week's prize in the Blog Book Tour Giveaway. One family curator will win this practical archival storage kit that includes a copy of my new book How to Archive Family Keepsakes, an oversize archival storage box, and 25 archival oversize archival envelopes. Enter to Win by leaving a comment at The Practical Archivist Blog Tour post today. You can have another chance to win every day by leaving your comment at each stop on the tour!


    And the Blog Book Tour Giveaway Winners Are...

    What a week! Thank you to the gracious genealogy blogger hosts of the How to Archive Family Keepsakes Blog Book Tour, and to each reader following along on the tour.

    We've enjoyed red carpet hospitality with something fresh and new every day, and lots of great contributions from the blogger hosts. 

    • exclusive NEW articles about organizing genealogy
    • author interviews
    • book excerpts and reviews
    • FREE handouts
    • helpful reader comments

    If you've missed any posts, be sure to catch up. You don't want to miss --

    Meet and Greet the Author of How to Archive Family Keepsakes at Geneabloggers where I share "5 Little-Known Facts About The Family Curator" with host Thomas MacEntee.

    How to Get Organized and Put Your Family History Household in Order at Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems Podcast Blog with an exclusive book excerpt "7 Steps Toward a Paperless Genealogy Office" and Podcast Interview with the author by Lisa Louise Cooke

    How to Read Your Ancestor Like a Book, a look at how you can learn more about your ancestor's life by studying the books they read, bought, and passed on in their estate, at Denise Barrett Olson's Moultrie Creek Gazette. You will also find Moultrie Creek Books' author interview and review of How to Archive Family Keepsakes.

    Scanner Options for Genealogistsa helpful book excerpt featuring digitizing equipment available to family historians at 4YourFamilyStory, with links to Caroline Pointer's personal review of How to Archive Family Keepsakes and tech recommendations for scanners.

    What to Save? What to Toss? 4 Questions to Help You Decide?, practical suggestions if you inherit more "stuff" than you know what do with. Read this guest post at Lorine Schulze's Olive Tree Genealogy.

    A Coffee, A Comfy Chair, and a Q&A with the Author, a personal invitation to sit down and chat with The Armchair Genealogist Lynn Palermo and Author Denise Levenick. Lynn reviews Denise's book from the perspective of the family history writer in Organization Key to Removing Obstacles to Your Family History Writing.

    How to Archive Family Keepsakes at Shades of the Departed online photography magazine featuring footnoteMaven's reflections on historical photographs and "4 out of 4 old cameras" recommendation for Denise's new book.

    First, Save History, Then Share It book excerpt on the role of the Creator who inherits an ancestor's stories and artifacts at Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories with Dr. Bill Smith.

    Blog Book Tour Week 2

    January 20-25 the Blog Book Tour visits six more top-notch genealogy blogs with new articles, interviews, and reviews --

    Sally Jacobs at Practical Archivist

    Jen Baldwin, Stephanie Pitcher Fishman, Terri O'Connell at The In-Depth Genealogist

    Gena Philibert-Ortega at Food. Family. Ephemera.

    Pat Richley-Erickson at DearMYRTLE

    Miriam J. Robbins at AnceStories

    Dan Hiestand at The Houstory Hearth

    PLUS Book Reviews and Detours along the Genea-blogosphere!

    Readers also have a chance to win free print and digital copies of How to Archive Family Keepsakes, and a Family History Oversize Document Archive Kit with book. This great kit custom assembled by the Practical Archivist Sally Jacobs will get you started safely preserving your large genealogy documents. The kit includes an archival oversize document box, 25 oversize envelopes, and a copy of my book. One runner-up will receive a free copy of How to Archive Family Keepsakes.

    Which brings us to...

    The WINNERS of this week's GIVEAWAY PRIZES!

    Congratulations to the winners of this week's giveaway prizes, randomly selected from comments left throughout the week at the blog host posts. Three commenters have been contacted, and their names will be released when the results are finalized. 

    Join Us for Week 2 for more great Blog Book Tour articles, reviews, and giveaways.


    Win a FREE Family History Photo Archive Kit

    Are you ready to go from this. . .


    to this. . .


    Enter the Blog Book Tour GIVEAWAY for your chance to win a FREE Family History Photo Archive Kit AND a copy of my new book How to Archive Family Keepsakes.

    One lucky winner will be selected from a random drawing Saturday, 19 January to win the Photo Archive Kit and Book. You have one chance per post to win, by leaving a comment at each of the Tour Guest Posts.

    The Photo Archive Kit has been personally assembled by Sally Jacobs, the Practical Archivist, and includes all you need to get started preserving your precious family photos. The prize also includes a copy of my book How to Archive Family Keepsakes, filled with all the nitty-gritty details for safely organizing, storing, and preserving your family heirlooms and genealogy research.

    This kit includes an attractive tan box (PAT passed) that can hold prints up to 5x7" upright. You also get 25 paper envelopes that can store multiple prints AND 25 paper sleeves that hold a single photograph each. Storage for up to 1,000 photos 5x7" and smaller. Prints must be 4x6" or smaller to fit in envelopes, sleeves hold up to 5x7-inches.

    Each blog tour post comment gives you one chance to win; one entry per post, please. Leave a comment at each stop on the blog tour and increase your chances of winning. Check the Blog Tour Schedule and catch up on any posts you may have missed. Winners will be announced on Saturday, 19 January 2013.

    Yes, Winners! Runners up will win free copies of my book! Thanks for joining us on the Keepsake Blog Book Tour. Good Luck!


    New Reviews for How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Thumbs Up!

    Still deciding whether or not you need a copy of my new family history handbook How to Archive Family Keepsakes? Check out these reviews and news bytes from genealogists and family historians you may know --

    and remember:  

    Proceeds from book sales throughout the blog book tour will be used to fund the 2013 Student Scholarship Grant awarded to assist the genealogical education of a promising young family historian.

    Midge Frazel, cemetery / gravestone expert and techie, writes at Granite in My Blood:

    OK, so I AM organized. I love being organized, but I discovered very early in my reading of her [My California-Girl friend, Denise Levenick's] book that I still have a LOT to learn from this book. Buy it! I guarantee that you will findthings and Web sites you do not know about.

    In honor of her book tour, I purchased an different archival box for my file. . . This is what genealogist want for Valentine's Day plus a copy of Denise's book.

    Denise Olson, news hound, tech guru and bookseller, writes at Moultrie Creek Books and

    In How to Archive Family Keepsakes, Denise Levenick has created an amazing reference for anyone who has inherited a collection of family letters, documents and personal items. For family historians and genealogists, this is an essential guide for organizing and managing the family archive.

    How to Archive Family Keepsakes is a great reference and one you’ll want to include in your library of research essentials.

    Caroline Pointer, genealogy and technology artist at 4YourFamilyStory, writes

    . . . after reading her book, How to Archive Family Keepsakes, I have to say she rocks it in her book. . .
In fact, in reading her book you can tell it is her passion, which is always awesome.

    With her simple how-to's, checklists, and forms, when you purchase Denise's book {Not if. I'm that confident you will purchase this book.}, you will not only be motivated to preserve your family's keepsakes, but you will have the tools to go through that box {Or if you're like me, boxes} of your family's 'stuff' you have tucked away in that closet in your guest bedroom that you keep telling yourself you need to go through and do 'something' with.

    Moreover, what I really appreciate is how Denise writes her tips and suggestions in How to Archive Family KeepsakesShe gives you many options in her preservation suggestions, and she does so in a way that makes you feel like she's right next to you sharing her knowledge.

    Lynn Palermo, family history writing coach at The Armchair Genealogist, comments

    There comes a time in your research when you decide to take all the documents, artifacts and photos you’ve accumulated throughout the years and formulate them into stories. One of the biggest obstacles we face as writers is the overwhelming task of getting all that information organized so we can begin to write. . .

    After reading Denise’s book it became clear to me she had written a book that stood at the core of helping authors prepare to write.

    footnoteMaven, Editor Publisher of the popular online photography magazine, Shades of the Departed, writes 

    You can use the book for quick answers, efficient archival workflow, digital savvy, collecting strategies, and most importantly confidence. Confidence that no matter what you acquire you have an answer as to how to proceed.

    I keep the book on my desk and refer to it often. Treat yourself! It is so worth it.

    Shades gives it 4 out of 4 old cameras:


    Ready to purchase your own copy of How to Archive Family Keepsakes? Now available in both PRINT and eBook editions. Click the button to see ordering options.

    Visit Week 2 of the Blog Book Tour for more exclusive articles on working with family history photos, documents, and artifacts, and a chance to win the Week 2 Giveaway Prize.

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