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    In every family, someone ends up with “the stuff.” It is the goal of The Family Curator to inspire, enlighten, and encourage other family curators in their efforts to preserve and share their own family treasures.

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    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


    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?


    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.



    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 --

    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




    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.

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