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) . . .
What to Save? What to Toss? 4 Questions That Can Help You Decide with FREE Handout for Tour Readers
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.
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). . .
©2007-2013, Denise Levenick, The Family Curator. www.thefamilycurator.com. All rights reserved.
How to Archive Family Keepsakes Blog Book Tour Book Excerpt
At 4YourFamilyStories, Caroline Pointer is always on the cutting-edge of new technology that will move our genealogy forward and make our family history work easier and more productive. After reading Caroline’s review of How to Archive Family Keepsakes I hope that you are energized and enthusiastic about your own family archive project.
Genealogists have so many choices when it comes to technology for digitizing our family history documents that purchase decisions can be difficult to make. I am happy to answer your questions about specific models and features for the equipment mentioned here, and I know that Caroline will be joining in to share her expertise as well. And when you leave a comment to this post you will also be entered to win one of the Family History Archive Kits offered as a Blog Book Tour Giveaway!
Scanner Options for Genealogists and Family Historians
As you go paperless, you’ll need tools to help convert your paper files to digital. A home office scanner is a workhorse in the paperless office. For mobile scanning (continue reading at 4YourFamilyStories). . .
How to Archive Family Keepsakes Blog Book Tour Author Guest Post
I am delighted to welcome Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator, and author of How to Archive Family Keepsakes to the Gazette as part of her Blog Book Tour. She has brought a bit of her expertise with her to share with us here. After reading her article, stop by Moultrie Creek Books to check out my earlier interview with Denise and my review of her book.
Moultrie Creek and The Family Curator share a love of tech gadgets, e-readers, and most especially, books! When Editor Denise Olson and I chat about blogging or family history, somehow the conversation always turns to what we’re reading and what’s waiting for us on our bookshelves.
Inherited books bring new challenges and new information to family historians. Experienced genealogists recognize the value of noting literacy from census records and document signatures, but have you considered what you can learn about your ancestor from the choice of books in their library? (continue reading at Moultrie Greek Gazette). . .
Book Excerpt from How to Archive Family Keepsakes
If you are buried under a mountain of genealogical clutter, take note that January is National Organizing Month and a great time to put your Family History Household in order. When Lisa and I chatted for Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 144, our conversation reminded me that we can all use a little help keeping the paper tiger under control.
In this excerpt from my new book How to Archive Family Keepsakes we look at practical strategies to help you Break the Paper Habit. I hope it helps you get a start turning your paper mountain into a manageable molehill. (continue reading at Genealogy Gems Podcast Blog). . .
January is National Organization Month and a great time to organize your genealogy and family history archives. To help you get started, The Family Curator Denise Levenick will be visiting fourteen genealogy and family history blogs on a Blog Book Tour January 10-26 with guest articles and excerpts from her new book, How to Archive Family Keepsakes. The complete tour schedule is available at the Archive Keepsakes Blog Book Tour Page. GeneaBloggers is pleased to be the first stop on this virtual book tour with an introduction to Denise, aka The Family Curator.
5 Little-Known Facts about The Family Curator
1. Unlike many genealogy blogs that get started to chronicle family history, The Family Curator blog was born as a (continue reading at Geneabloggers). . .
Announcing Giveaways for Week One of the How to Archive Family Keepsakes Blog Book Tour
What would a book tour be without prizes? It's easy to enter the contest, and you could win! I've teamed up with The Practical Archivist, Sally Jacobs, to offer two great archival kits and copies of my book to the lucky winners. One name will be drawn on Saturday, 19 January 2013 and a second name selected on Saturday, 26 January 2013 to win the archival kits. Runners up can win free print or digital PDF copies of my book.
These kits are a perfect start to organizing and preserving your genealogy heirlooms. The Week 1 Giveaway Photo Kit includes an archival photo storage box and paper envelopes and sleeves to protect your precious photographs. A different kit will be offered as the Week 2 Giveaway; stay tuned for more details.
Week 1 Giveaway
Family Photo Kit with How to Archive Family Keepsakes print edition
Archival Photo Kit
Perfect for loose photos you've been storing in a shoebox, random drawer or bag. It's also a great place for all those single photos sent to you in letters that you have no idea what to do with. Also a perfect storage space for photos you rescued from The Chemical Sandwich of Doom. The envelopes include plenty of space to write notes, which is a great idea because seeing photos from the past always sparks memories. The shortest pencil is better than the longest memory.
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.
Dimensions: Box is 5.5 x 7.5 x 12" Envelopes are 4.81 x 7.25" and sleeves are 5.5 x 7.38" Colors: Box is tan, metal edges are black, envelopes are eggshell and white. Qty: 1 box + 50 envelopes.
Week 1 Giveaway Runners-Up
- How to Archive Family Keepsakes print edition
- How to Archive Family Keepsakes ebook PDF edition
It's Easy to Enter the Giveaway
To register your name in the drawing, simply leave a comment to the Blog Tour Post hosted at one of the official tour blogs during the week. Comments posted to Host Blogs on January 10-18 will be eligible to win the Week 1 Photo Kit. Comments posted to Host Blogs on January 20-25, 2013 will be eligible to win the Week 2 Kit. Names will be collected each week from the Tour Blogs.
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. The lucky winners will be announced each Saturday during the tour at The Family Curator.
Get ready for a virtual book tour January 10-26, 2013 featuring author posts, interviews, excerpts and giveaways for my new book How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia & Genealogy Records.
The tour kicks off Friday, Janaury 11 with Meet & Greet the Author at Geneabloggers.com, hosted by blogger Thomas MacEntee, and continues each day for the next two weeks with stops at fourteen different genealogy blogs.
You will be able to sample tips from the book with book excerpts and downloads, learn more about preserving heirlooms and digitizing your records from guest posts, and hear and read exclusive interviews with the author (me!). In addition, proceeds from book sales during the tour will help fund the 2013 Student Genealogy Grant founded in 2010 in honor of Suzanne Winsor Freeman.
WIN a Free Book or Archive Kit
Weekly Giveaways will feature copies of How to Archive Family Keepsakes in paperback and ebook editions, and an ARCHIVE KIT and BOOK package that includes a copy of How to Archive Family Keepsakes and archival storage products from The Practical Archivist.
It’s easy to enter the weekly giveaway: Simply leave a comment to the Blog Tour Post hosted at one of the official tour blogs.
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. The lucky names will be announced each Saturday during the tour at The Family Curator.
Random winners will also be selected from social media comments on Twitter #keepsakebooktour, FaceBook, and Google+.
The complete tour schedule will be updated daily with permalinks on the Archive Keepsakes Tour Book Page. My special thanks goes to each of the Blog Tour Hosts for their hospitality and enthusiasm for this new project:
Archive Keepsakes Blog Tour Hosts
(a virtual round of applause...)
Thomas MacEntee, Geneabloggers
Lisa Louise Cooke, Genealogy Gems Podcast Blog
Denise Olson, Moultrie Creek
Caroline Pointer, 4 Your Family Story
Lorine McGinnis Schultze, Olive Tree Genealogy
Lynn Palermo, The Armchair Genealogist
footnoteMaven, Shades of the Departed
Dr. Bill Smith, Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories
Sally Jacobs, Practical Archivist
Terri Connell , The In-Depth Genealogist
Gena Philibert-Ortega, Food. Family. Ephemera.
Pat Richley-Erickson, Dear Myrtle
Miriam J. Robbins, AnceStories
Dan Hiestand, The Houstory Hearth
And, on the subject of "Thanks". . . I loved every minute of writing this book, especially because of the cheering section -- genealogy friends whose support is the back-story to How to Archive Family Keepsakes. It was tough to tackle the project on the eve of family heartbreak, but your encouragement made it all worthwhile. In case you missed the book's acknowlegement page, please know that you have my heartfelt appreciation:
Special Thanks to Special Friends
Amy Coffin , We Tree
Lisa Louise Cooke, Genealogy Gems Podcast Blog
Elyse Doerflinger, Elyse’s Genealogy Blog
Allison Dolan, Publisher, Family Tree Magazine
Sheri Fenley, The Educated Genealogist
Midge Frazel, Granite in My Blood
Diane Haddad, Family Tree Magazine Genealogy Insider
Nancy Hendrickson, Writer, Coach
A.C. Ivory, Genealogist
Sally Jacobs, The Practical Archivist
Judy Lucey , NEHGS Archivist
Thomas MacEntee , Hi-Def Genealogy
Craig Manson, GeneaBlogie
Jackie Musser, Family Tree Editor
Denise Olson, Moultrie Creek Books
Kerry Scott, Clue Wagon
Randy Seaver, Genea-Musings
Maureen Taylor, Maureen Taylor, Photo Expert
Join the fun
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The genealogy community is mourning the loss of a talented and generous colleague, Joan Miller, after learning of death Friday, 4 January 2013 in Calgary, Canada.
Joan was keenly interested in applications for DNA in genealogical research, and as used her experience as a medical research technician at the University of Calgary to further her genealogy projects. She was also an accomplished speaker and active in several genealogical societies, as well as creator and blogger of the popular Luxegen Genealogy and Family History Blog.
2010 GeneaBloggers Welcome Bag assembly night
(from left) Denise, George, Thomas, Joan, Reg, Amy, Suzanne.
I had the pleasure of working with Joan for the 2010 Geneabloggers Welcome Bag project at the SCGS Jamboree. With Amy Coffin and Thomas MacEntee, we solicited and coordinated contributions to the bloggers' swag bags and met up at my home in Pasadena to pack bags for the conference. Joan's husband Reg joined in with Thomas' friend George, my mom Suzanne, and the "committee" to make quick work of the task so we could move on to a more relaxing patio dinner. Joan joined Amy for an encore of the project in 2011 with Reg's assistance once more.
Joan's huge grin and ready Canadian wit made her a friend to all who met her. I was in awe of her skill in deftly encouraging her husband, Reg, to become a genealogist in his own right. Whether attending Jamboree, or Roots Tech where I met up with them in 2011, Joan and Reg were a team. And with their recent retirements, they were looking forward to conference-hopping in their new caravan motor home and family history searches throughout the continent.
Reg and Joan Miller, 2011 SCGS Jamboree
When she spoke of her home and family, Joan's voice grew warm and proud. She was especially happy to see her adult son and daughter happy with family and careers, and she enjoyed a lighter side of home life with the family cat.
Joan will be greatly missed by all who knew her. My heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends.
The Obituary for Barbara (Joan) Miller is available at the Canada.com Leader-Post
Organizing and scanning seem to be at the top of the list for popular content in 2012. Does this mean we want to get organized or we are just looking to refine our current system? And what about scanning documents and photos? Have we figured it out yet? I hope these posts helped!
I enjoy Amy Coffin's monthly Fun with Search Terms. Reading her posts always moves me to check out my own. Here are some that come up over and over at The Family Curator:
usha, usha holkar, usha devi holkar -- Presumably these result from the series of posts I wrote about my mother's friendship with Princess Usha Holkar, The Maharani of Indore India.
organizing genealogy files -- see popular posts above
fish eye salad -- It must be difficult to find a good recipe for this delectable dish. Be sure to bookmark
Thanks, Jenna, for the inspiration from your Review of Blog Stats for 2012 to pause and look back at the year. We'll be looking ahead soon enough!
Are you trying to manage family keepsakes scattered througout your home? How can you make sure your family treasures aren't thrown out with the trash?
Beth asks in the Family Curator Forum, "I have collected things over the years from various people and generally it was an item at a time. In addition, I have become the keeper of the stuff for both my family and my husband's family, and I love the stuff, but it's taking over my life and home!... Do you have any ideas on how to roundup the treasures and contain them?"
She's right! These heirlooms tend to become mixed in with our own belongings, and their significance can easily become lost.
Long before I inherited the contents of my Grandmother Arline's trunk, I received individual items that she enjoyed and treasured -- a bone china salt and pepper set, a handpainted dish, the head and shoulders of a porcelain doll. Over the years, they were mixed in with my own stuff, and more recently were joined by things from my mom's and aunt's homes. Is it better to keep things together by owner, or mix them in with your own things?
How do you organize, preserve, and document individual keepsakes stored or displayed throughout your house?
Read more and join the discussion here.
Treasure Chest Thursday
All I really want for Christmas is my grand-dad's stereo card viewer and his collection of vintage stereograph cards. They were a little warped the last time my Dad shared them with me, but they still conjure lazy Sunday afternoons in Grandpa's little study listening to the tick-tock of a mantle clock while I marveled at the Wonders of the World or Scenes from The Great War.
Dad isn't quite ready yet to pass on this heirloom to the next generation, but I think I have some family treasures I might be ready move along to my sons and their families. If you are "re-gifting" family treasures this year, I hope you will take time to write a simple history for your family keepsake. It doesn't have to be a long involved project, but even a simple sentence or two could keep your treasure from being tossed into the trash.
If you aren't sure how to start, you can find ideas on crafting an heirloom history in my post Treasure Chest Thursday: Writing the History of Your Heirloom or on the Houstory Hearth Blog where Mike and Dan Hiestand, creators of The Heirloom Registry, write about saving family stories.
I love meeting people like the Houstory Brothers who are dedicated to helping people save family history by preserving the provenance along with the heirloom. The Heirloom Registry online service is designed to help "stop the stories from disappearing." Whether you register your family keepsake on the Heirloom Registry or record it on paper and attach it to the item, by writing the history of your heirloom you are taking the single most important step toward preserving your family treasure.
Too many times, we inherit things that seem significant, we just can't quite figure out why. Like the basket of stereo cards from my grandparents' home. I know my own story -- why I like the vintage cards -- but, I wonder if Dad ever looked at those as a kid and how they have survived all these years? Now, there's a conversation for our holiday gathering, and the beginning of an heirloom treasure tale.
Exclusive Interview with Steve Robinson, Author of the Genealogical Crime Mystery Series
When it comes to contemporary British mystery novels and genealogy, it doesn't get much better than author Steve Robinson's newest addition to the Genealogical Crime Mystery Series, The Last Queen of England. Brew a perfect pot of tea, set a scone on your grandmother's china, and settle down in front of the fire with American genealogist Jefferson Tayte, on the trail of the biggest mystery since the fate of the Princes in the Tower.
Introduced to readers in Robinson's debut novel, In the Blood, Tayte, or J.T., is an slightly pudgy researcher from Washington, D.C. who arrives in London to visit an old friend and finds himself on a quest to find a murderer. More than one person wants to know what Tayte's genealogist friend had uncovered in his latest research, and J.T. soon realizes that it will take fast feet, a keen knowledge of British history, and the best genealogical minds in Britain to unravel the truth.
With historian Professor Jean Summer acting as history coach and sympathetic companion, J.T. retraces his friend's project using clues from archive logs and a careful reconstruction of research. Author Robinson has obviously done more than a little of his own research, as evident by the key role played by the ahnentafel numbering system.
This book, written before the popularity of Robinson's first published mystery, In the Blood, reads a lot like an action thriller made-for-tv plot. It was so hard to stop reading when I was jet-lagged and exhausted that I actually woke up at 5 am to finish the book. Now, that's suspense!
The Last Queen of England is Robinson's third Kindle-published mystery novel. In the Blood debuted in 2011 and was chosen by Kindle readers as one of the "Best Books of 2011." It was followed last summer by To the Grave, a historical mystery set in 1944 England, also published as a Kindle e-book. Both novels are now available in paperback editions, as well.
With the publication of The Last Queen of England, Robinson has clearly established himself as more than a "one book wonder." Family historians with a penchant for mystery can expect more from Steve Robinson and J.T. Tayte in the months to come.
A Chat With Steve Robinson About The Last Queen of England
Family Curator: On your website you mention that after reading your debut novel In the Blood, potential publisher Harper Collins commented that they didn’t see the book as “a really ‘big’ novel” and declined to accept it for publication. This must have struck a note with you, because The Last Queen of England does seem somehow BIGGER than In the Blood and To the Grave. What do you think constitutes a “Big” novel, and how did you get there in The Last Queen of England?
Steve: By the time that rejection came back from Harper Collins, I’d been an unpaid full time writer for three years, during which time I’d written my first two books and yet I still felt I was right where I’d started from as far as getting anything published was concerned. So, yes, that comment really hit home. It told me that if I wanted a publisher like Harper Collins to take me on then I’d have to write something that would get their attention. When I set out to find my ‘Big’ story, I thought that the Monarchy of Great Britain was about as big as I could get with a genealogical crime mystery set in the UK. When I found the conspiracy that’s revealed in The Last Queen of England, I couldn’t quite believe what I’d discovered and knew there and then that it would form the basis of the perfect genealogical puzzle for Jefferson Tayte to solve. Of course, no mainstream publisher got to see the book because I became an independently published author soon after I finished it.
Family Curator: I started reading The Last Queen of England on my flight home after a trip to London, so taxis, traffic, and Tube stops were still alive in my mind. As I followed Tayte on his hunt through greater London, I could see his progress unfolding like an action film, and at times it was absolutely exhausting. Did you personally trace all those chase-scenes as part of your research? Is the Big City setting part of the Big Novel?
Steve: I’m very familiar with many of the places in the book and those I’m not familiar with I either visit or find photographs of so I can get a feel for what they’re like. I’ve certainly walked the route of many of the chase scenes and even had the roast rib of beef at Rules restaurant a few times. I think setting definitely plays an important part in how big a story feels, and given the subject matter there was never any question in my mind about where to set it. I set the first book in Cornwall and the second in Leicestershire and it almost feels like I was saving London for The Last Queen of England simply because I think that big locations need, or at least benefit from, a big story to go with them. I also wanted to make the pace match the bustle of the city, so it had to be fast from start to finish, which is why I didn’t write an historical narrative this time as I felt it would have upset the pace of the present-day story. It’s also a very important book for Jefferson Tayte, so I wanted to stay focused on him as much as possible.
Family Curator: The historical plot is intriguing, especially to an American who is more familiar with a line of Presidents than Monarchs. My British history is definitely rusty, but Tayte’s historian companion Jean did a great job filling in the blanks. How did you conceive of her character, and is she destined to be a permanent part of J.T.’s life?
Steve: When I was plotting the book, I knew that it would have to be as much about the history of London and the British monarchy as it would be about genealogy, and as this was not JT’s forte I knew I would have to give him a partner - and so historian Professor Jean Summer arrived on the page. Technically, she began as a device like any other - a means to tell the story in a credible way - but through writing the book, as with most of my characters as I get to know them, Jean became as real to me as anyone I’ve met. Is she destined to be a permanent part of JT’s life? I’d like to think so because I like Jean and I think they’re a good match, but I don’t know. As with real life, JT’s is no more mapped out for him than mine or yours. I have a sense of where his life is going, as I have with my own, but you never know what life is going to throw at you and that’s how I like to keep things with my characters. It’s only through plotting the next book and then writing it that I’ll really get to find out what happens next myself, and once I have I’ll be sure to share it with you.
Family Curator: Speaking of characters, Michel Levant is a piece of work. Without spoiling the story for readers, can you tell us if he was inspired by any real or historical figure? Could I be right in thinking we may not have seen the last of him?
Steve: Ah, Michel Levant. No, he certainly wasn’t inspired by anyone real - past or present, thank goodness. As I’ve shown in the book though, he draws much of his own character from an historical figure, and while that idea seemed to land in my lap (as most ideas do) I think that connecting him with a real person helped to make him seem all the more real himself. I don’t think I fully understand Levant yet and I love it when that happens. Among many other things, he’s multi-layered, complex and clever. When I began his character profile, I thought of him as being to Jefferson Tayte what Moriarty is to Sherlock Holmes. Have we seen the last of him? I very much doubt it.
Family Curator: I love how professional genealogists become super-heroes in this story. Everyone from the police to pastors admire and respect them and their work. In the United States, most genealogists have learned they get further if they play to the “historical” rather than “genealogical” aspect of their research requests. How do you see the genealogical profession in Great Britain? Do you see a difference between professionals and family historians?
Steve: As I’m writing and researching most of the time, I don’t really get to see enough of the wider profession to be able to say. My own genealogical research and the research I carry out for my books has always been met with interest, but thankfully I’ve never been in the position of having to help the police with their enquiries. Where someone needs help, however - such as the police - I imagine that they are invariably respectful of whoever is there to help them, whatever their field of expertise.
Family Curator: With The Last Queen of England, your American genealogist Jefferson Tayte appears to be coming to terms with some of his demons: fear of flying, shyness with women, unhealthy lifestyle. . . and the final chapters leave the door open for him to examine his personal past even more closely. Do you have a definite plan for the series, perhaps a set number of books, or will J.T. just keep chasing ancestors as long as he can?
Steve: I think we all go through changes in life, and if we’re to see a character in a book as someone who at least seems real, it’s to be expected that they too will change as a result of their journey, although I try not to let that get in the way of the story. I have a loose plan as far as the series goes. Right now I hope to write three more books and by the time they’re written, JT will have found the answers he’s looking for. But is a six book series enough? Having no real sense of place or identity is really what drives JT to do what he does. Once he’s found those answers, I’ve always imagined that would be it - his story told. The end. But there is of course no limit to the past stories he can bring to life through his research, so maybe I’ll write a second series. Or maybe at the end of the first series he’ll be left with more questions to answer and he’ll have to keep going. As a very kind eighty-six-year-old lady from Maine (who has been studying her own genealogy for the last thirty-five years) said to me in a recent email, family history is like a big puzzle you can never finish.
Your Turn to Chat with the Author
Steve will be checking in on the comments to this review, so please feel free to ask questions or leave him a note. If you are looking for a reason to curl up on the couch or just take a break from the holiday bustle, I think you might find a Jefferson Tayte a good companion.
The Last Queen of England: A Genealogical Crime Mystery #3 (Jefferson Tayte) , $3.49 Kindle Edition, Prime Members borrow free from your Kindle
To the Grave: A Genealogical Crime Mystery #2 (Jefferson Tayte), $2.99 Kindle Edition, Paperback coming soon.
In the Blood (Genealogical Crime Mysteries, No. 1) , only 99cents in Kindle Ediiton, also available in Paperback Edition
Thank you, footnote Maven, for this wonderful tradition to pause again and listen to the beautiful sounds of Christmas music. Last year I nominated Stille Nacht accompanied by a (rather grainy) photo snapped of a German church steeple high above the Rhine Valley one December night in 2003 in Stille Nacht is Still My Favorite.
I knew there was a reason that photograph was a favorite! Not long ago Mr. Curator brought home a large inlaid music box he inherited from his parents. It was prominently displayed in their living room in front of a set of large French windows; and every holiday, the box would be opened, brass records carefully selected, and the hand crank firmly turned. Then the music would begin. Enjoy!
"Silent Night" by Music Box, on The Family Curator's YouTube Channel, http://youtu.be/T7-kGKdMOPc.