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    Monday
    Feb042013

    Learn More About Metadata

    I've been a fan of adding value to files with metadata for a long time. If you've ever used your computer search engine to find a specific file and the only identifier is a name like "lastsatfun.doc" or "IMG_0124.JPG," you know how difficult the task can be.

    Metadata, or "data about data," adds simple tags to files making them easier to find and giving you a chance to group, organize, and understand the relationships between files with the same tags. It's a bit like using a index to your files; your job is to provide the key words that make the index valuable.

    If you are unfamiliar with the term "metadata" you might wonder why I'm throwing out other words like "tags" and "keywords." Many software programs use these terms interchangeably. Sometimes they function in slightly different ways, but essentially metadata tags, and keywords all do a similar task by classifying your files for better access.

    Want to learn more? You are in luck because on 7 February 2013 DearMYRTLE will be hosting "Metadata is your Friend" a DearMYRTLE Workshop Webinar with Denise Barrett Olson and Thomas MacEntee.

    Way back in the early days of my adventures in archiving, I read Denise Olson's posts about metadata and knew I had found a kindred soul. With three tech-gurus meeting to talk about using metadata in your family history work, Thursday's webinar workshop promises to be an outstanding event.

    Sign up at DearMYRTLE to attend Thursday, February at 6pm. And, while you are waiting for the event, do a little advance homework so you are ready to get as much as you can from the evening --

    Photo Metadata, at the Moultrie Creek Gazette

    Using Adobe Lightroom to Manage Genealogy Images, at The Family Curator

    Thursday
    Jan312013

    Are You Ready for the Family History Writing Challenge?

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    Researching family history is one thing; writing about it is another. The Armchair Genealogist has thrown down the glove and challenged family historians to pick up a pen and commit to writing about their family history. "If not now, then when?" asks Lynn Palermo, writer and creator The Family History Challenge.

    The 28-day project runs throughout the month of February. The event is simple, you choose --

    • who or what you want to write about
    • how many words per day to write
    • where to write

    The best part 

    • No Judge, No Jury
    • Just write, edit later

    When you sign up for the challenge, you receive an encouraging daily email and can participate in the challenge forum to share ideas and inspiration. Still not sure, check out the Family History Writing Challenge website for "28 Days of Motivation" and the Challenge Blog for posts from last year's event.

    I'm picking up the glove; are you?

    Tuesday
    Jan292013

    Your Opinion Counts! Blog Book Tour Survey Wants You!

     Did you read one or more posts during the How to Archive Keepsake Blog Book Tour? If so, I'd value your opinion about the tour in this short Book Tour Survey.

    Did you enjoy the articles you read?

    Were you looking for more reviews?

    More book excerpts?

    More fascinating exclusive content?

    Dont' be shy. . . Please share your thoughts in this short 10 question survey, with my appreciation for your time and interest.

    Click HERE for the Survey. Thank you.

     

    Saturday
    Jan262013

    More Blog Book Tour News: Giveaway Winners, New Reviews and Thank YOUs!

     

    Thank you for joining the How to Archive Family Keepsakes Blog Book Tour -- from Southern California to Ontario, Canada, from Texas to Illinois to Utah. I would love to hear what you think about the tour and invite you to complete a short survey here

    More to Read

    You'll also find a special Blog Book Tour encore post at The Catholic Gene, on a subject of interest to many genealogists and family historians -- The Books They Leave Behind: Preserving Family Bibles and Religious Books.

    And, for a book review from expert researcher Lisa Alzo, visit The Accidental Genealogist to read For the Packrat and the Genealogist: A Review of How to Archive Family Keepsakes.

    Purchase My Book and Support the Student Genealogy Grant

    Visit the Book Page to order, or learn more information about How to Archive Family Keepsakes. Book purchases throughout the tour help fund the 2013 Student Genealogy Grant.

    Giveaway Winners

    Congratulations to the winners of the How to Archive Family Keepsakes Blog Book Tour. Please contact me with your full name and address, or email so that I can send you your prize!

    Week 1 Winner of the Family History Photo Archive Kit --
    Mary Nelson, commenter at 4YourFamilyStories

    Week 1 Runners Up, free copy of How to Archive Family Keepsakes -- 
    Annemarie Taylor, commenter at 4YourFamilyStories
    Tina Telesca, commenter at The Armchair Genealogist

    Week 2 Winner of the Family History Oversize Archive Kit -- 
    Robyn, commenter at The Practical Archivist

    Week 2 Runner Up, free copy of How to Archive Family Keepsakes -- 
    Cheryl Smallwood-Roberts, commenter at The In-Depth Genealogist

    Twitter Tweeter Winner, free PDF copy of How to Archive Family Keepsakes --
    MariannSRegan 

    FaceBook Friend Winner, free PDF copy of How to Archive Family Keepsakes --
    Eli Melitz 

    Google+ Winner, free PDF copy of How to Archive Family Keepsakes --
    Jenna Mills 

    Thank You Blog Book Tour Hosts

    A special thank you to each host on the Archive Keepsake Blog Book Tour and all the readers who followed along. I hope that you have picked a few tips for working with your own family keepsakes.

    Archive Keepsakes Blog Tour Hosts
    (a virtual round of applause...)

     

    Friday, January 11 – 
    Meet and Greet Author Denise Levenick -- 5 Little Known Facts About The Family Curator 
    with Host Thomas MacEntee at GeneaBloggers

     

     

    Saturday, January 12 – 
    7 Steps Toward a Paperless Genenealogy Office &Podcast Interview Book Excerpt 
    with Host Lisa Louise Cooke atGenealogy Gems Podcast Blog

     

     

    Sunday, January 13 –

    How to Read Your Ancestor Like a Book, Guest Post at Moultrie Creek Gazette, plusInterview & Review by Bookseller Denise Olson of Moultrie Creek Books

     

     

     

    Monday, January 14 –
    Scanner Options for Genealogists Book Excerpt at
    4 Your Family Story, plus Book Review 
    by Tech Expert Caroline Pointer

     

     

    Tuesday, January 15 – 
    What to Save? What to Toss? Guest Post and FREE Handout at Olive Tree Genealogy 
    with Host Lorine McGinnis Schulze

     

     

    Wednesday, January 16 – 
    A Coffee, A Comfy Chair and a Q & A with Author Denise Levenick at The Armchair Genealogist

     

     

     

     

    Thursday, January 17 –

    Many Things Thursday
    speaks to a love of old photographs at
    Shades of the Departed
    with footnoteMaven. 

     

     

    Friday, January 18 – 
    First, Save History Guest Post 
    at Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories
    with Dr. Bill Smith

     


    Saturday, January 19 – Week 1 Giveaway Winners at The Family Curator 

     

    Sunday, January 20 –
    Got Genealogy Records? Book Excerpt
    with Sally Jacobs at Practical Archivist

     

     

     

    Monday, January 21 – 
    Bashing Brick Walls, One Brick at a Time 
    Guest Post at The In-Depth Genealogist

     

     

     

    Tuesday, January 22 – 
    How to Preserve Vintage Cookbooks Book Excerpt at Food. Family. Ephemera
    with Gena Philibert-Ortega

     

     

     

    Wednesday, January 23 – 
    Video Interview and Free Download 
    with Myrt at DearMYRTLE

     

     

    Thursday, January 24 –
    6 Tips for Scanning Success Guest Post 
    with Miriam Robbins at AnceStories

     

     

     

    Friday, January 25 - Saving Time: Caring for Heirloom Clocks 
    Guest Post at The Houstory Hearth

     

     

    Friday
    Jan252013

    Caring for Antique Clocks: Blog Book Tour Visits The Houstory Hearth

    Tick Tock, Caring for Your Heirloom Clock: Guest Post for the How to Archive Family Keepsakes Blog Book Tour

    It’s not surprising that The Heirloom Registry was born when Dan and Mike Hiestand wanted to share the story of their heirloom grandfather clock. Watches, clocks, and timepieces of all shapes and sizes have been favorite family keepsakes for generations.

    Houstory Publishing and I share a common interest in preserving family treasures, and I’m delighted to share a few tips for clock care from my new book How to Archive Family Keepsakes with readers of The Houstory Hearth Blog.

    Saving Time: Caring for Your Heirloom Clock

    Timepieces are one of the most popular family heirlooms passed on from generation to generation, and with proper care and regular maintenance you can help keep your keepsake watch or clock ticking well into the next century.

    Most clocks consist of two distinct parts, the clock itself and the outer case. Grandfather clocks, cuckoo clocks, and mantle clocks are often made of wood and metal parts. Decorative clocks may be constructed from brass, bronze, marble, plastic, or other materials. Wristwatches, pocket watches, and ladies' brooch watches are usually cased in silver, gold, or a combination of materials. (continue reading at The Houstory Hearth). . .

    Join the Blog Tour

    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.

    Proceeds from the sale of How to Archive Family Keepsakes during the Book Tour will help fund the 2013 Student Genealogy Grant founded in 2010 in honor of Denise’s mother, Suzanne Winsor Freeman.

    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

    Blog Book Tour Giveaways

    Comment on daily Book Blog Tour Post
    Tweet the Tour Twitter @FamilyCurator #keepsakebooktour
    Share the Tour on FaceBook, Google+, Goodreads

    It’s easy to enter to win a free copy of Denise’s new book or one of the weekly giveaway prizes. All you have to do is leave a comment to the Blog Tour Post hosted at one of the official tour blogs. Random winners will also be selected from social media comments on Twitter, FaceBook, and Google+.

    Each blog tour post comment gives you one chance to win; one entry per post per day, 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.

    Thursday
    Jan242013

    Scanning Tips: Blog Book Tour Visits AnceStories

    6 Tips for Scanning Success, Guest Post for the How to Archive Family Keepsakes Blog Book Tour

    In February 2013, AnceStories’ Scanfest will be Six Years Old! Miriam Robbins organizes and hosts this popular monthly event that welcomes anyone with a stack of scanning and a few hours to spend chatting with other family historians. Scanning can be a boring task, but Scanfest actually makes it fun!

    Maximize your scanning time with these tips to help you get the most from your scanning equipment and make the best use of your scanning hours. 

    The #1 Secret to Scanning Success

    Are you getting the best possible results when you digitize family photos and documents? Check your scanning savvy with these 6 Tips for Scanning Success: (continue reading at AnceStories). . .

    Join the Blog Tour

    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.

    Proceeds from the sale of How to Archive Family Keepsakes during the Book Tour will help fund the 2013 Student Genealogy Grant founded in 2010 in honor of Denise’s mother, Suzanne Winsor Freeman.

    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


    Blog Book Tour Giveaways

    Comment on daily Book Blog Tour Post
    Tweet the Tour Twitter @FamilyCurator #keepsakebooktour
    Share the Tour on FaceBook, Google+, Goodreads

    It’s easy to enter to win a free copy of Denise’s new book or one of the weekly giveaway prizes. All you have to do is leave a comment to the Blog Tour Post hosted at one of the official tour blogs. Random winners will also be selected from social media comments on Twitter, FaceBook, and Google+.

    Each blog tour post comment gives you one chance to win; one entry per post per day, 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.

    Wednesday
    Jan232013

    Video Interview and FREE Download, Blog Book Tour Visits DearMYRTLE

    The Future of Your Genealogy Research

    I am delighted to be a Guest today for a special recorded video interview with DearMYRTLE on the Blog Book Tour for my new book How to Archive Family Keepsakes. We all know that nothing much is certain, except for "death and taxes." The fate of our genealogy records and research are no exception. Without a plan for the future, our careful work could all end up in the trash.

    .Join Myrt and I as we talk about the future of our family history records and research, from donation options to inheritance. Blog Tour visitors will also discover the exclusive link to a FREE downloadable Genealogical Codicil that can be used to help make your wishes known to your family and friends.

    from DearMYRTLE
    DearREADERS,
    You've heard about The Family Curator's Blog Book Tour, mentioned earlier this month in my post Great way to raise funds for student participation. Well, today, Denise Levenick comes to visit DearMYRTLE's Blog in the form of this video interview.  Be sure to scroll down for info about the free copy of the "Genealogy Codicil" from Denise's book. (continue at DearMYRTLE). .  .

     

     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.

    Win an Oversize Archive Kit

    Join us for 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. Enter by leaving a comment at the the Guest Blog Post. Each 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, 26 January 2013.

    Tuesday
    Jan222013

    Win an Oversize Family History Archive Kit, Week 2 Book Tour Giveaway

    Wondering what to do with your grandmother's oversize marriage certificate or original ancestral land deeds? You could win this archival Family History Kit from the How to Archive Family Keepsakes Blog Book Tour.

      

    Oversize Family History Box (yellow, above)

    Oversize Archival Envelopes

    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. This Oversize Document Family History Kit was designed by the Practical Archivist, Sally Jacobs, to accommodate many of the common heirloom documents in family history collections.

    All materials in the kit have passed the Photographic Activity Test (P.A.T.). The box is 15 x 11.5 x 3", the perfect size for mounted 8 x 10 prints or large certificates.

    Enter to Win by leaving a comment at each guest post on the How to Archive Family Keepsakes Blog Book Tour.

    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 January 20-25 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, 26 January 2013 at The Family Curator. Please check back to see if your name is drawn to win.

    The Runner-Up will win a free copy of my book, How to Archive Family Keepsakes! Thanks for joining us on the Keepsake Blog Book Tour. Good Luck!

    Tuesday
    Jan222013

    How to Preserve Vintage Cookbooks: Blog Book Tour Visits Food. Family. Ephemera.

     

    Today, the How to Archive Family Keepsakes Blog Book Tour is hosted by Gena Philibert-Ortega author of From the Family Table and creator of the popular website Food. Family. Ephemera.

    Join us on the Blog Book Tour for an excerpt from my new book How to Archive Family Keepsakes on safely storing and organizing your vintage cookbook collection. Whether you have a single stained cookbook that once belonged to your grandmother, or bookshelves groaning with the weight of many volumes, I hope you will take the time to safely preserve your family keepsakes for the generations of cooks to come. 

    How to Preserve Vintage Cookbooks

    Most family collections include a few books-- high school and college yearbooks, favorite cookbooks, novels, or poetry volumes. Conservators recommend that stable bound books be stored upright on shelving unless they are rare or in poor condition when they should be stored flat and in protective archival boxes.

    Before storing your family cookbooks, take time to carefully examine the volume for genealogical clues to your family history. You may find women’s maiden names, or clues to mothers, aunts and other elusive female relatives. (continue reading at Food. Family. Ephemera). . .

    Join the Book Tour

    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. 

    Blog Book Tour Giveaways

    Comment on daily Book Blog Tour Post
    Tweet the Tour Twitter @FamilyCurator #keepsakebooktour
    Share the Tour on FaceBook, Google+, Goodreads

    It’s easy to enter to win a free copy of Denise’s new book or one of the weekly giveaway prizes. All you have to do is leave a comment to the Blog Tour Post hosted at one of the official tour blogs. Random winners will also be selected from social media comments on Twitter, FaceBook, and Google+.

    Each blog tour post comment gives you one chance to win; one entry per post per day, 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.

    Support Student Genealogists

    Proceeds from the sale of How to Archive Family Keepsakes during the Book Tour will help fund the 2013 Student Genealogy Grant founded in 2010 in honor of Denise’s mother, Suzanne Winsor Freeman.


    Monday
    Jan212013

    More Great Stops on the Keepsake Blog Book Tour, Join Us

    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.

    The Blog Book Tour Continues

    The Blog Book Tour visits more top-notch genealogy blogs this week with new articles, interviews, and reviews --

    Got Genealogy: How to Organize Inherited Genealogy Records guest post on what to do with Uncle Joe's family group sheets. Read the full article at Sally Jacobs' Practical Archivist website.

    Bashing Brick Walls One Brick at a Time considers how solving organizational problems leads to more effective research at The In-Depth Genealogist, and Review by IDG author Michelle Goodrum

    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.

    Enter to win the Giveaway prizes by leaving a comment at the Blog Tour Post website. Each comment is one chance to win. The winning names will be randomly selected from comments made January 20-25 at the six featured Week 2 blog posts. Winners will be announced at the end of the Book Tour.

     

    Monday
    Jan212013

    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. www.thefamilycurator.com.

    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.

    Sunday
    Jan202013

    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!

    Saturday
    Jan192013

    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.

    Friday
    Jan182013

    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!

    Friday
    Jan182013

    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 Amazon.com:

    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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