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    Wednesday
    Jun152011

    GeneaBlogger Welcome Bags Packed with Goodies

    SCGS Welcome Bags

    #SCGS Jamboree has become a touchstone event for genealogy bloggers, and the genealogy community were once again most generous with contributions to the Geneabloggers Welcome Bags.

    I know what a big job it is to organize the Welcome Bag project, and am grateful to Amy Coffin and Joan Miller for carrying on the torch this year. Amy's parents even pitched in as the California connection for package deliveries. I hear that Amy's dad has lots of ideas for future contributions and packaging ideas (vendors, take note!)

    In the weeks to come I will be highlighting various products and services kindly shared by participating sponsors. A big thank you to each one; you make it Extra Special to be a Jamboree Geneablogger.

    AncientFaces
    Archives.com 
    Family Chart Masters
    Family Roots Travel 
    FamilySearch
    Family Tree Magazine
    Family Tree DNA
    GeneaBloggers
    GenealogyBank
    Genealogy Gems Podcasts
    Genealogical Publishing Company 
    Geni
    Heritage Makers 
    Legacy Family Tree  
    Light Impressions 
    My Heritage 
    National Institute of Genealogical Studies
    Maureen Taylor – The Photo Detective
    Photos Made Perfect – 
    RootsMagic 
    WikiTree
    World Vital Records

    Wednesday
    Jun152011

    The Face of Genealogy: Anthony Ray, Student Genealogist

    It was an honor to meet Anthony Ray at the SCGS Jamboree and to introduce him at the Friday night banquet as the recipient of the 2011 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant.

    We were graciously seated at the head table with Jamboree co-chairs Paula Hinkel and Leo Meyers, and keynote speaker Tony Burroughs. During the evening, I had time to chat with Anthony and his mother, and also enjoyed hearing Anthony and Tony talk about their interest in family history.

    Anthony has been actively pursuing his family history for over eight years, a long time in the life of a 20-year-old student. He first became interested in genealogy after the death of his great-grandfather in 2003 when the family gathering brought out photos and stories. Anthony discovered a photograph of his ancestor who was a musician, composer, and music teacher – the career path Anthony has chosen as a music major at West Coast Bible College in Lancaster.

    In talking with him for only a short time, it quickly becomes obvious that he is a knowledgeable and competent researcher. With Hispanic, English, Scottish, German, and African American roots, Anthony has a wide field to cover. His particular interest is Catholic church records and he has been able to conduct research at diocesan repositories as well as church offices.

    Anthony’s family is especially supportive of his genealogy work. As a home-schooled student, Anthony’s mother helped schedule time and arranged trips that included visits to distant research locations.

    Anthony Ray heads the cemetery indexing project of the Antelope Valley Genealogical Society and is a volunteer researcher assisting with Hispanic research at the Palmdale Family History Center. He has attended four KinDig Conferences sponsored by the AVGS and was a recent speaker at the annual conference of the Old Spanish Trail Association.

    Anthony was especially looking forward to attending presentations at Jamboree that would help him acquire to new research skills and learn about new resources.

    The Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Fund was established in 2010 by family and friends of Suzanne Freeman to honor her lifetime of service and her interest in genealogy, and to assist young genealogists wishing to advance their genealogical education.  Suzanne Freeman (my mother) and I attended the SCGS Jamboree together in past years and enjoyed meeting young genealogists and bloggers. We often talked about conference expenses and hoped to find assistance available to encourage student attendance. We are pleased that the 2011 Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Grant was able to help Anthony Ray attend the Jamboree. More information about the Grant and how to donate is available at http://www.thefamilycurator.com/suzanne-freeman-grant/

    The SCGS Jamboree Committee is the first conference, to our knowledge, to offer a full conference registration to a student genealogist as part of a grant program. In addition to providing registration to the recipient of the Freeman Memorial Grant, the Jamboree Committee also supported establishing a student scholarship funded by raffle ticket sales for the beautiful Jamboree Quilt. This project was organized by Pat Richley-Erickson and Gena Philbert Ortega through the online Genea Quilters group to benefit the 2012 Jamboree Student Scholarship Fund.

    Tuesday
    Jun142011

    Test Your Geneablogger Knowledge with the Evernote Peek Jamboree Idol Quiz (with photos!)

    UPDATE!

    NEW Version Link HERE
    REVISED instructions below.

    Do you know who was Most Popular at the Jamboree Geneabloggers Pajama Party? Who displayed stunning acrobatic skill to win a prize at the Genealogy Gems live podcast?

    Test your Jamboree Idol knowledge by downloading the Evernote notebook, Jamboree Idol Quiz, designed especially for viewing with the Smart Cover on the Apple iPad2 using the very cool new Evernote Peek App (also viewable as a plain-old Evernote notebook on your PC, Mac, or any device that will display Evernote).

    I know I should be writing thoughtful, insightful reviews of Jamboree presentations, but working up this little project was pretty fun. Evernote Peek takes advantage of the soft hinge of the Smart Cover to work as a quizzing app. Start the app, lift the bottom edge of the cover to read the question, then lift the cover all the way up to reveal the answer and mark your score. Close the cover to hear the reset click, and move to the next question. Pretty cool.

    Just think of the many uses for this nifty tool -- test yourself on repository locations, arcane illnesses, obscure counties. The opportunities for educational enlightenment are limitless. Plus, it's fun.

    To try it out [with updated link]

    1. Download the FREE Evernote Peek App to your iPad2 from the iPad
    2. Download the Jamboree Idol Quiz here and add it to your Evernote files. Sync.
    3. In Settings > Brightness, turn Auto-Brightness OFF
    4. Open Evernote Peek, click Add (upper left corner)
    5. The Add Notebooks popup window will open
    6. At the bottom of the window choose My Notebooks > Jamboree Geneablogger Idol Quiz
    7. Click Done (upper right corner), the Quiz will be downloaded to your iPad2
    8. Follow the instructions to start Quizzing

    No iPad2? Download the Jamboree Idol Quiz Notebook, import to Evernote and test your knowledge using standard Evernote.

    Let me know if you like the Quiz or if you have photos to help fill in the blanks.

    Sunday
    Jun122011

    Photo Highlights #scgs11 Jamboree

    Anthony and Tony

    What could be better? At the Friday night banquet I was seated between two stars of the evening, keynote speaker Tony Burroughs (right) and Anthony Ray, recipient of the first Suzanne Winsor Freeman Memorial Student Genealogy Grant.

    Three

    Caught this group in the convention center lobby at lunchtime. All three lecture and blog on Slovak and Polish research; it must have been a challenging conversation! from left, Steve Danko, Lisa Alzo, and Donna Pointkouski.

    If you are at Jamboree today, stop me and say "Hi." I'd love to meet you!

    Friday
    Jun102011

    #scgs11 Jamboree Pre-Events Kick Off the Weekend

    It feels like the SCGS Jamboree started two days ago, but the official opening isn't until midday today. This morning is filled with tours, meet-ups and workshops; yesterday was a packed crowd for the Genii Writers' Conference, and Wednesday was the L.A. Drive-By Tour for a few out-of-town bloggers.

    The fun really started Wednesday morning when Donna Pointkouski, Past is Prologue, and Lisa Alzo, The Accidental Genealogist arrived from a week touring San Francisco and Napa with bloggers Kathryn Doyle and Steve Danko. Within the hour, we were joined by Sheri Fenley, The Educated Genealogist, and later in the day added footnoteMaven to the group.

    Like all good travelers, we started with LUNCH! First stop was Philippe's, Famous French Dip Sandwich in downtown Los Angeles. I have been going to Philippe's since I was a little girl; it's my dad's favorite lunch spot. The atmosphere is all about casual: sawdust on the floor, big long tables, and tasty perfect roast beef (or turkey, pork, or lamb) on a fresh French roll. You never know who will be sitting next to you perched on a little stool sipping 10 cent coffee; it could be the Mayor, a movie star, or a mommy with two little kids.

    Alas, we did not see any movie stars, so on to Hollywood...

    The tour guide (me) took a circuitous route to show the sights of the downtown Los Angeles: Union Station, Olvera Street, the Library, Our Lady of Angels Cathedral, and Staples Center. Then on to Hollywood, via the back streets where, someone (yes, it was Sheri) spied "something" hanging in a little shop that we just HAD to have. This resulted in a shopping detour and giant score. I won't spoil the fun by telling you what we bought -- more to come later!

    When we finally arrived at Hollywood and Vine, the sun was beginning to peep through the gloom, and the stars were out. Well, the starts were on the sidewalk. We missed Donna's favorite, Gene Kelly, but  did get an eyeful of Hollywood tourists and hot spots. No movie star sightings, so it was on to Rodeo Drive...

    Beautiful stores, beautiful streets, beautiful people. What more can we say. Everyone bought coffee at Starbuck's. It's the same price in Beverly Hills as everywhere else, an affordable treat.

    Back to Burbank for a quick freshen-up before dinner... then to Pasadena for dining al fresco (ok, ok, they brought out the patio heater) at our favorite Mexican restaurant.

    And that was only, the PRE-Jamboree day!

     

    Monday
    Jun062011

    The Family Curator: This is the Face of Genealogy

    Private Samuel N. Chamblin, United States Army. Serving to protect the rights of the people and freedom of the press, no matter how outrageous or ignorant. I am proud to see his face in my family genealogy.

    L.A. Weekly, take note.

    Tuesday
    May312011

    To Stand Ready at a Minute's Warning

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    I have a confession to make: It's all about the research. The hunt. Following the trail of clues. I know it sounds a bit Nancy Drew-ish, but isn't the research one of the best parts of genealogy?

    For example, the collaborative Mathewson Project that Midge Frazel and I are investigating involves a lot of research before we can begin to synthesize it all into our working hypothesis. We are following "cold cases" and doing as much online research as possible before taking to the field. A lot of our searches come up empty, but for me at least, more than a few searches are turning out pretty darn interesting. . .

    I had no idea last week that my top task would lead me right into the duties of a Revolutionary War Minute Man, but that is exactly where I ended up yesterday, Memorial Day.

    In following the lives of Noah Mathewson's children I turned to the series of Revolutionary War Pension Applications available on Footnote.com, but those New England given names reccur so often that it's hard to make out who's who and how they are all related. I started to read all the Mathewson pension files, just to see if any names or dates popped out.

    MinuteMan

    Before long, I found it didn't really matter that William Mathewson is not one of Noah's sons, I was fascinated by the story of how he was drafted to serve in the Rhode Island Troops and how he spent the days of his service. In just a few sentences, I learned the origin of the term "Minute Man" and the duties of such service.

    . . . That he was drafted in the Year 1776 in March at Johnson County of Providence State of Rhode Island for the purpose of guarding Pawtucket and Warwick Neck. went to Pawtucket and served in the company of Capt. Emet Oney, Lieutentant Daniel Angel, Col. Waterman, served at Pawtucket two months and was discharged, but was to stand ready at a minutes warning, was drafted again at the same place to defend Warwick neck in May same year. Went to Warwick and served under the same officers as before, served two months at Warwick and was discharged as before. That he was frequently called upon as a minute man the same year to go to Pawtucket ad Warwick two or three days at a time the same year. . .

    William Matthewson, and later his wife Tabitha, had to provide testimony and witnesses in support of William's claim to service. "By reason of old age and the consequent loss of memory he cannot swear positively as to the precise length of his service," wrote the county Justice of the Peace who took his statement 30 January 1833. A shaky "X" records William's mark;  he was then about 88 years of age.

    It appears that William was eventually awarded a pension for his service as a Minute Man, standing ready at a minute's warning to guard the state's borders from attack.

    Source:

    "Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1775-ca 1900," digital images, Footnote.com (www.footnote.com: accessed 29 May 2011); entry W. 16,338 for William Matthewson (Rhode Island Troops) and widow, Tabitha; imaged from Case Files of Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications Based on Revolutionary War Service, compiled ca. 1800 - ca. 1912, documenting the period ca. 1775 - ca. 1900, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives [n.d.]), M804.

     

    Thursday
    May262011

    Jamboree Travel Tips : LA Fast Food Tour 2011

     

    Last year, Paula Hinkel spotlighted a few of L.A.’s finest fast food eateries on the Official SCGS Jamboree Blog. If you missed a trip to Tommy’s, Pink’s or Phillippe’s, you will want to book them into your schedule this year, and leave room for a few more.

    Why the interest in fast food? Among Southern California’s  many firsts, we hold the dubious distinction of being home to the inaugural “Speedee Service System” restaurant, otherwise known as MacDonald’s Restaurants.. Speedy service soon became even speedier with the drive-thru window; it was a perfect match for the automobile-loving Southern Californian.

    Look into any car on a L.A. freeway during rush hour and you will find people eating and drinking from a variety of paper wrappers. Burritos, burgers, bagels, wraps, fries, chips, tall latte sips. Angelenos have a love affair with fast-food, especially Good Fast Food.

    The BEST street tacos will come from a truck or corner cart, the juiciest made-to-order hot dogs are served up PDQ, and 10-minute wood-fired pizza is mostly ready when you want it.

    And when you can’t get to the food, the food will come to you! Forget the old “Roach Coach” construction site grub; some of the best eats in L.A. come from “the truck.” Fans follow their favorites on Twitter so they know where and when to meet the van. Often the line is around the block even before the truck pulls on site.

    Here’s a few to try in 2011 –

    In-N-Out is not a hamburger stand, it’s an Institution. It’s the University of Burgers. Fresh, hot, made to order. Burbank In-N-Out is only 10-minutes away from the Marriott, next to the Burbank shopping mall. You might try the Double-Double with grilled onions and Animal Fries (from the “secret menu”: fries with special sauce, grilled onions, and cheese, served with a fork”), or a Neapolitan Shake (you can guess this one!). You can get lunch for under ten bucks and feel like a local. Looking for more In-N-Out locations? There’s an App for that!

    Kogi BBQ is one of those “try it to believe it” experiences. Korean BBQ-to-go. Mr. Curator and I stood in line on the sidewalk in Eagle Rock for 45 minutes to try Calamari Tacos and the Kogi Kimchi Quesadilla. They were delicious, especially the sauce. Next time, I’m going for the short rib tacos and spicy pork burrito. Warning; the recent hike in gas prices has prompted the Kogi trucks to economize by eliminating paper napkins. Bring your own. Or wear an old t-shirt. Check out the website and follow Kogi on Twitter if you want to catch the truck. 

    Zankou Chicken is really MUCH more upscale than eating from a truck or at a burger stand. As In-N-Out is to burgers, Zankou is to Middle Eastern style chicken. Favorites here include the ½ roasted chicken plate with humus, pickled turnips, and pita; spit-grilled chicken Tarna; marinated steak kabob; and crisp tabbouli. The Glendale Zankou location is on the way from the Marriott to In-N-Out, so you could possibly eat both if you are hungry enough!

    Monday
    May162011

    Collecting Clues via Cross-Country Collaboration

    Tombstone hunters are relentless folk when pursuing an elusive ancestor. It's been over two years since Midge Frazel  and I worked on a puzzle to locate the cemetery of my Rhode Island ancestors. In March 2009, using the resources of Google Maps, Midge found the cemetery and we zoomed in to look at the possible burial site.

    We've emailed and speculated quite a bit about the Mathewsons since that time, but after meeting fact-to-face at NERGC last month, Midge and I were determined to resurrect the project. Now, with the help of Midge's contacts at the Johnston Historical Society we are making progress once again towards finally finding these forefathers. 

    The suspense is torture! At her blog, Granite in My Blood, Midge has started to post photos taken by the Johnston Historical Society. This first photo shows the overgrown cemetery entrance of the Mathewson Lot Johnston RI, known as Johnston Historical Cemetery #2. I can hardly wait to see photos of the headstones for Noah Mathewson and his wife. Will it include legible dates? Will they be the right ones?

    Tuesday
    May102011

    Tombstone Tuesday - More Pix of the Gravestone Girls

    GGStone

    Ooops. I knew I had these photos somewhere of Brenda Sullivan, Gravestone Girl, at the NERGC booth. The pictures were taken with the camera in my new iPad2 and are fairly grainy. The camera does much better in bright light, rather than indoors under artificial lighting.

    As you can see, the company also produces iconic t-shirts bearing cemetery art.

    GGBrenda

    Time Flies is one of the original castings by the Gravestone Girls available
    for purchase. The gray finish gives a good impression of New England slate,
    but the entire piece is much lighter in weight.

    Monday
    May092011

    Cemetery Art Lives On with the Gravestone Girls

    Putting the 'Rave' Back in Grave! is the motto of three Massachusetts women who have made it their mission to "entertain and educate on the historical perspective of old cemeteries by documenting and preserving the beautiful art they contain."

    I met GG Brenda Sullivan of The Gravestone Girls at the recent New England Regional Genealogical Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts and learned more about their work.

    With a background in art history, the Gravestone Girls research cemetery and mortuary art and give educational presentations at schools and organizations. They specialize in recreating gravestone iconography using a casting technique that replicates the stone's art and images without damage to the original surface. The three-dimensional plaques are hand formed and finished in a process they perfected.

    Initially, the Gravestone Girls focused on creating a variety of artistic items, from jewelry to wall wallhangings to magnets. Since their "discovery" by genealogists, they have also replicated ancestral headstones for clients and made small surname magnets for family reunion fundraisers. Their work is frequently sought by historic associations and societies to be used as a fundraising activity.

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    Time Flies.
    An hourglass tells you time is passing.
    One with wings reminds you it is passing swiftly.
    This graceful glass adorns the gravestone of William Field who died April 10, 1772
    and is buried in St. John's Cemetery, Providence, Rhode Island.

    You can read more about The Gravestone Girls at their website, www.gravestonegirls.com.

    Thursday
    May052011

    Get-Aways, Conferences, and Other Genealogy Learning Opportunities

    As much as I enjoy a good genealogy conference, it's not always possible to schedule travel and funds for a three or four-day event. That's when I find that online learning or an individual class or retreat are a bit more my style. Geneabloggers topic this week, Genealogy Conferences - The Magic Recipe, and yesterday's email newsletter from the New England Historic Genealogical Society featuring the upcoming Come Home to New England Get-Away remind me that there is a time and place for all types of events.

    I attended the NEHGS Spring Getaway in April 2009, and it is highlight of my research and learning experiences. At the time, I was recently "retired" from teaching and found myself with time to travel and work on my genealogy skills; unfortunately, my friends were either unavailable or uninterested in genealogy. The NEHGS Getaway was perfect. Each day provided a full program, the staff was friendly and helpful, and other attendees were enjoyable people to spend the day with. Of course, it helped that Boston is a great city, and NEHGS is located in a comfortable neighborhood within easy walking distance of hotels, restaurants, shops, and parks.

    Since that spring, I have attended a national conference, several regional conferences, local society seminars, online classes, and webinars. I've always learn something new, and each type of event has been a good fit at different times in my life.

    There are many reasons I like distance learning such as online classes, webinars, and tutorials. It's less expensive, doesn't involve travel time or expense, and is self-paced. Probably the biggest advantage to home education is that you can customize your learning to study what you need when you need it, so that your personal research is advanced as you learn. It can be a bit lonely when you're home alone at your computer, although at times that's okay.

    Conferences and seminars deliver even more opportunities to hear top-notch speakers on a great variety of topics. The first time I attended a conference alone, I didn't know anyone at all. I sat in sessions all day, made small-talk at the lunch tables, and went home exhausted but excited about my research.

    The next year, I attended the same conference, but so much had changed. As a blogger, I "knew" all kinds of people and looked forward to meeting them in real life. The conference organizers recognized this new group of attendees and scheduled meet-up events where Facebook Friends, Twitter peeps, and bloggers could meet in real time, and maybe make plans for lunch or dinner. It was easy to find people, easy to connect. It made a difference; the conference became an enjoyable social event as well as an educational opportunity. 

    In my experience, the small group retreat at NEHGS was the best of both individual and group learning. The expert staff members were able to direct my research toward positive outcomes, and the other attendees provided new ideas and motivation. I was learning new skills and making concrete progress with my own research at the same time. I went home not only enthusiastic about my work, but several steps further along than when I arrived.

    I've found that different kinds of learning experiences suit me at different times in my life, and I'm glad to have so many options available. Of course, organizers of these events know they are competing for the time and money of attendees. National and regional conferences are exciting, online classes are enriching, and retreats and tours can help break-through brick walls with focused research assistance exactly where its needed. It's nice to have so many choices.

    Tuesday
    May032011

    iPhoto Library Manager Rescues Aliased Images

    Lately I have been cleaning up my iPhoto test files and moving toward building two or three nice, clean iPhoto Library files.

    When I first moved to the Mac platform, I was reluctant to allow Mac applications full control of my files in the "Package" arrangement. Windows photo programs access images in whatever folders you have placed them and pretty much leave them there until you tell the program to move them, or move them yourself (if you ever do). In contrast, Mac's iPhoto attempts to make all this easy for the user. Out-of-the-box, iPhoto will import photos directly from camera or card into the iPhoto program and place them in one mysterious file called a package. This is called a Managed Library, and aims to discourage the user from moving images around and causing a problem for iPhoto to find the broken link. I wrote about this in a previous post, iPhoto Hides Photos in Plain View.

    On Windows, I experienced just that kind of havoc with various programs, all because I gave in to some vague housekeeping urge and moved images outside of the software. Disaster. Broken links. Much time spent reconnecting.

    The iPhoto package concept tries to avoid just this problem with the default Managed Library.

    However, you can get yourself in the same pickle and end up with broken links in iPhoto too. Mostly, this seems to happen when users opt for a Referenced Library rather than a Managed Library.

    A Referenced Library does have some advantages, particularly for users who want to work with photos with more than one photo editor, for example Adobe Lightroom, iPhoto, and Adobe Photoshop Elements. The iPhoto Referenced Library only indexes photos, leaving them in their original location.

    I thought the Referenced Library idea sounded like it would work better for my needs. I could maintain my old Windows-sensibility folder heirarchy and keep all photos on an external drive.  iPhoto would reference images, not import them to the program. This would make a lean iPhoto Library file containing only aliased images. In addition, I could easily access any images I wanted to work with in Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop Elements.

    To change the default Managed Library to a Referenced Library, I opened the iPhoto Preferences Advanced window and unchecked the importing option "Copy items to the iPhoto Library." Images would now be indexed (or referenced) not imported. The image would  be visible, editable, save-able, but not reside inside the Library package. Since I was new to iPhoto and still not sure how much I would like the editing, keywording tools, etc, I thought this was a good solution.

    Denise Barrett Olson, at the Moultrie Creek Gazette, wrote a great series of iPhoto posts that encouraged my keywording and photo organization. The more I worked with iPhoto the more I liked it, until I thought, "Hey, why don't I just use it like it is supposed to be used?" Import the pictures directly to iPhoto and not worry. I like the "Don't Worry" part. I went back into preferences and checked "Copy items to the iPhoto Library." I got busy and used iPhoto more and more. It is so easy and so fun.

    Now I had about four different iPhoto Library files that needed to be merged; Denise Olson to the rescue with a recomendation for iPhoto Library Manager. This little program allows you to switch between libraries, copy, merge, and split libraries and retain your keywording and organization.


    IphotoLibMgr

    iPhoto Library Manager also performs a neat little trick I discovered quite by accident -- it finds aliased images and moves the original into a new library.

    My switch from Referenced to Managed Library resulted in both alias and jpg files inside the Library package. I knew this could cause problems if I moved any originals merely referenced by the aliases.

    Mixed up iP lib

    First, I created a new Library and confirmed that the default "Copy items to the iPhoto Library" was checked. This would create a Managed Library.

    Using iPhoto Library Manager, I copied various events into the new Library avoiding the aliased images I planned to work with later. By mistake, I copied a folder that included some aliased pictures, but when I peeked into the iPhoto Library package contents I discovered the original jpg file, not the alias from the former Library, had been imported into the Library package.  iPhoto Library Manager had moved the file using my new Import preferences, and copied not the alias but the original.

    This little trick is helpful if you want to move images from a Referenced LIbrary to a Managed Library, and iPhoto Library Manager does it all without any special instructions. I was glad not to lose my keywords and filenames for the aliased images, and to have them all together with my other photos. In a short time I was working with a new library file and all images were imported with metadata and album organization.

    More on Photo Organization

    iPhoto Library Hides Photos in Plain View

    Comparing Scans on the FlipPal and Epson V500

    It's Okay to Play Favorites (How to decide what to keep)

     

     

    Saturday
    Apr302011

    Genealogy Goals Success

    Each time Amy Coffin posts an update to her 2011 Genealogy Goals on the WeTree blog, I get motivated to get back to work myself. It's a funny thing about sharing your goals with someone else; whether it's a book you want to read, a place to visit, or finding a #16 grandmother, just committing the idea to someone else in words seems almost magical. Here it is, barely four months since Amy and I met and shared a few personal genealogy challenges -- Amy is checking off those goals right and left.
    Congratulations on finding that elusive ancestor, Amy. I can't wait to see your beautiful family tree with ALL those generation names complete.
    Wednesday
    Apr272011

    Congrats Cousin Will, Best Wishes Kate

    When our ancestor Joshua Windsor dropped a letter from his noble name, he surely didn't mean to D-vorce himself from his noble origins, did he? We like being Winsors, especially when it comes to celebrating a Royal Wedding.

    Great Aunt Mercy liked to flaunt "our" Royal connections, and painted this gilt and colored version of the Royal crest as the cover page of a book for her niece's high school graduation in 1926. Of course, another Royal event was being celebrated that month, the birth on April 21st of Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, known today as Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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