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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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    Blog Book Tour Visits Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories

    First, Save Family History, Then Share It

    Although Dr. Bill and I have never met, I feel like we are old friends. How could that be? We don’t email, share Tweets or FaceBook “Likes,” or post on each other’s Pinterest boards. I feel a connection to Bill because of the stories he spins on this blog. Whether he’s remembering a favorite relative or recalling an interesting time or place, Dr. Bill reminds me that ancestor stories are what family history is really all about.

    Today’s Guest Post for the Blog Book Tour features an excerpt from my new book How to Archive Family Keepsakes on the role of the Creator who inherits an ancestor’s stories, photos, and artifacts. Before you get started organizing all your genealogy heirlooms and records, it's a good idea to know your overall goal. I hope you enjoy reading about the many opportunities for creating ancestor stories from your own family archive.

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

    Family History Curators, Creators, and Caretakers

    People who inherit family archives often fall into one of three categories: the Curator, the Creator or the Caretaker. The Curator can’t wait to open those boxes and get everything sorted and organized.

    The Creator sees possibility, too. Writers, photographers, filmmakers, scrapbookers, and family historians are all creators who see potential projects in the depths of a family archive. In their excitement to create something from what they’ve found, creator-types can find it difficult to pause and organize, and then to pause again to preserve the materials they have used.

    The Caretaker, on the other hand, might be just as happy to push the cartons to the back of the garage and forget about them, but in good conscience, he can’t. It just wouldn’t be responsible. (continue reading at Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories). . .

    And, for a chance to win a Family History Photo Archive Kit, remember to leave a comment at the Blog Tour post on Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories.


    footnoteMaven is Talking About Many Things! Blog Book Tour Visits Shades of the Departed


    How to Archive Family Keepsakes Blog Book Tour Visits Shades of the Departed

    It's "Many Things Thursday" at Shades of the Departed online photography magazine, and Editor/Publisher footnoteMaven joins the virtual book tour today with personal insights and book highlights of particular interest to anyone caring for family history photographs. fM also shares the backstory of The Family Curator's alter ego, Miss Penelope Dreadful, and a few more tales from the Shades archives.

    Longtime fans of footnoteMaven's work with historical photographs and genealogy citation standards will be happy to see fM online again after a too-long stretch of dreadfully distracting disasters. I hope this is just the first of many more posts to light up the dark at Shades.


    from Shades of the Departed, Many Things Thursday

    Many of us find ourselves in the position of family curator. How each of us deals with that position is often the true story. Denise Levenick has a longtime interest in her family history. Stories of her maternal grandmother growing up in Colorado and Kansas nurtured that interest and a steamer trunk full of letters and photographs sparked her odyssey.

    While wandering the web one day I bumped into Denise's experiment in family history. She was writing about a transcription project for her class of high school students using her family letters. I was hooked (continue reading at Shades of the Departed). . .

    And, for a chance to win a Family History Photo Archive Kit, remember to leave a comment at today's Blog Tour post on Shades of the Departed.


    Wordless Wednesday: Another Kind of Family History Trunk


    It isn't all acid-free boxes and white gloves when you inherit an estate. Learn how to deal with the mountains of memorabilia in my new book How to Archive Family Keepsakes, now featured in a virtual Blog Book Tour through January 26, 2013.


    A Coffee, A Comfy Chair and a Q & A: Blog Book Tour Visits The Armchair Genealogist


    A Coffee, A Comfy Chair and a Q & A with the Author: The Blog Book Tour Visits The Armchair Genealogist

    from today's interview by Lynn Palermo, The Armchair Genealogist

    I am thrilled today to welcome Denise Levenick to The Armchair Genealogist. Denise is the author of How to Archive Family Keepsakes. I've been talking a lot about getting organized this January. Not only because it's that time of the year, New Year's goals bring it out of us but as well many of you are preparing to write The Family History Writing Challenge. Yesterday, I talked about what a wonderful tool this book will be in helping you get ready to write. Today, Denise and I are going to talk organizing your family history stuff because we all know it can be monster. 

    Grab a coffee, pull up a comfy chair and join me for a conversation with Denise, as we explore her new book, How to Archive Your Family Keepsakes (continue reading at The Armchair Genealogist) . . .


    Family Keepsakes: Save, Skim or Trash? Blog Book Tour Visits OliveTree Genealogy

    What to Save? What to Toss? 4 Questions That Can Help You Decide with FREE Handout for Tour Readers

    Today the How to Archive Family Keepsakes Blog Book Tour visits blogger Lorine McGinnis Schulze at OliveTreeGenealogy.

    We are talking about working with the "stuff" we inherit, but this applies to what we decide to keep and pass on to our descendants too! You'll want to read today's Guest Post at OliveTree Genealogy and download the FREE Handout -- a handy list of What to Save, What to Skim, and What to Toss. This handout will be available for a limited time, so don't delay. 

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

    It can be hard for family historians to let go of anything that might carry a family story, no matter how old or broken that keepsake might be -- the chipped china teacup you remember from your grandmother's kitchen cupboard, the mildewed children's book that was once bright and new, the keys to long-forgotten locks.

    One key isn't much to save, but it doesn't take long for family keepsakes to become a mountain of memorabilia that threatens to come down on our present life like an avalanche.

    So, how do we choose, what to save, what to toss, and what to give away? I've sifted, sorted, and organized dozens of family collections, and discovered that (continue reading at OliveTreeGenealogy). . .

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