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  • Find A Grave Celebrates 100 Million Photos On Site!

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    Kristie Wells
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    When Jim Tipton launched FindAGrave.com in 1995, little did he know the impact the site would have over the next 19 years. What began as a site to record graves of the famous has turned into a resource to share and discover the graves of everyone from paupers to presidents. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of volunteers have created millions of memorials, many with photos of the tombstones.And thanks to the contributions of people around the world, we just hit a pretty exciting milestone on Find A Grave.Bob Sherwood of Tennessee uploaded the photo below and it became the 100 millionth…
  • Sep 11, Dog Days of 9/11

    Writing Your Life Story Blog
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Every year on the anniversary of 9/11 I am in a reflective mood. Of course, I am not alone, as all of us who remember the horror of that day of terrorist attacks can't help but recall where we were when we saw or heard the events that unfolded on that morning. What always moves me each anniversary is learning more of the heroic tales of those who helped amid the tragedy. Today on the Today Show (NBC) I learned about a service dog that is believed to be the last surviving search dog who worked at Ground Zero in New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • Tips for Dealing with Details

    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Several pages into a highly recommended memoir, a factual error popped my eyeballs nearly out of my head. Can you find the mistake?In September 1963, the Cuban and Russian governments placed           nuclear bombs in Cuba.In October 1963, the Cuban Missile Crisis ended….In November 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated.In December 1963, I was born….The Cuban Crisis was in 1962! Both that event and the JFK assassination are indelibly burned into my memory. The author can’t remember, I thought, but how could something this obvious slip by the…
  • Ancestry Weekly Roundup: September 15th Edition

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    Anne Gillespie Mitchell
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    Blog PostsAncestry.comThe Soldiers’ Charity Frontline Walk by Brian GallagherAsk Ancestry Anne: How Can I Keep a Photo Private?  by Anne Gillespie MitchellMary Berry of the “Great British Bake Off” discovers her family story on the next “Who Do You Think You Are?” (UK) by Brian GallagherIt’s a Small World: Discovering a 5th Cousin at FGS 2014 by Anna SwayneThrowback Thursday Topic: Cars and Learning to Drive by Juliana Szucs SmithFind A Grave Celebrates 100 Million Photos on Site! by Kristie WellsWhat We Are Reading: September 12th Edition by Amy Johnson…
  • Page's Name Change, Play by Play

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    pagingmissbunny
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Written on August 19, 2014 ———- 7:39am Today will be a long day. We got up at 5:30am. The car got packed with work equipment. Coffee got made and put into mugs. Showers got taken. Clothes got picked out. …Boy did they get picked out. Page went into boy mode today for the sake of the courthouse and a job. She has lost quite a bit of weight. She was swimming in that dress shirt. It doesn’t even look right on her. It’s so weird when she has to go into boy mode. Gotta do what ya gotta do to get things done, I suppose. The first item on the list was to go to the…
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    Writing Your Life Story Blog

  • Sep 11, Dog Days of 9/11

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Every year on the anniversary of 9/11 I am in a reflective mood. Of course, I am not alone, as all of us who remember the horror of that day of terrorist attacks can't help but recall where we were when we saw or heard the events that unfolded on that morning. What always moves me each anniversary is learning more of the heroic tales of those who helped amid the tragedy. Today on the Today Show (NBC) I learned about a service dog that is believed to be the last surviving search dog who worked at Ground Zero in New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • Sep 9, Laughing Matters

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:23 pm
    I have continued to think about how important having a sense of humor can be, both in life and in our life stories. The recent death of yet another celebrity, Joan Rivers, certainly keeps this top of mind. Joan was fearless when it came to comedy; no subject was off limits. Her brash approach could offend, but she also found truth in the "brass tacks". A post on the blog of the Association of Personal Historians speaks of the importance of humor in personal histories. In What's So Funny Ruby Peru expresses her views of how humor is important in our stories, but warns against approaching it as…
  • Sep 3, Humor Helps

    3 Sep 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Humor in a story can help in a number of ways. For one thing, it can create common ground. We’ve all had suffering. But don't we all enjoy a good joke or a funny antidote?
  • Sep 1, Your-Life-Your-Story - My Life Story Blog Archives, August, 2014

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    An archive of previous My Life Story blog entries from August, 2014 regarding personal history, life story writing and more.
  • Aug 25, Flights of Fancy Storytelling

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Hiring a personal historian can be a significant investment. But can you put a price tag on your own family story? Many people think of it as priceless. The Washington Post published an article listing some very good reasons for hiring a personal historian to preserve family history. In particular, they highlighted how the Lanning family used their intergenerational history of piloting planes across the wild blue yonder to preserve their stories.
 
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    The Heart and Craft of Life Writing

  • Tips for Dealing with Details

    11 Sep 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Several pages into a highly recommended memoir, a factual error popped my eyeballs nearly out of my head. Can you find the mistake?In September 1963, the Cuban and Russian governments placed           nuclear bombs in Cuba.In October 1963, the Cuban Missile Crisis ended….In November 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated.In December 1963, I was born….The Cuban Crisis was in 1962! Both that event and the JFK assassination are indelibly burned into my memory. The author can’t remember, I thought, but how could something this obvious slip by the…
  • Accentuate the Positive

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Ac-cent-tchu-ate the positiveE-lim-inate the negative Latch on to the affirmativeDon't mess with Mr. Inbetween.Who doesn't recognize the value of this sage advice from the 1945 hit sung by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters? But you may not realize the power of this advice for your writing when applied at the micro-level of sentences. I'm not talking here about avoiding negative topics. I'm talking about the value of rephrasing sentences from negative statements to positive. One of the most compelling examples of this is found in an online article, Kurdish Female Warriors On the Front Lines…
  • Five Powerhouse P's for Your Memoir Opening

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Everyone knows that the first paragraph of a story is the most important and often determines whether a reader will continue or set the story aside. Follow tips in this guest post from Matilda Butler to learn how to gain instant reader connection with a hot opening paragraph. Read the tips, then put them into practice by entering the “First Paragraph” Contest described below the tips. Don’t dawdle about the contest. Entries are due by midnight PDT September 3. It’s only a few words, so you can do it! If you are already nodding your head, then here's the link to the contest rules…
  • Mystery Solved

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    I couldn’t put words to the vision, perhaps because the vision itself wasn’t clear. Looking across the Godfrey’s living room while  babysitting, I vaguely sensed a phantom group of sophisticated people gathered in a dimly lit, smoke-filled living room much like this one. People lounged on sofa and chairs, some sitting on the floor. They sipped martinis or gin and tonic, discussed philosophy, and ascended to levels of vision inaccessible to mere mortals. These beings were in touch with another realm, larger than life. In touch with the gods? This vision stirred a nameless yearning…
  • Author Interview: Kathleen Pooler

    7 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Today I’m privileged to have Kathleen Pooler stop by to answer some questions about her newly published memoir, Ever Faithful to His Lead. In any memoir, the author today tells the story of the author back then, and sorting through the jumble of memories and pain to find a meaningful story thread can be a daunting task. Kathy has done a terrific job of finding that thread and turning it into a story that should touch nearly everyone’s life. If you haven’t personally experienced the sort of trauma she did, odds are strong that you know others who have. Let’s hear some back story for…
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    Ancestry.com Blog

  • Ancestry Weekly Roundup: September 15th Edition

    Anne Gillespie Mitchell
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    Blog PostsAncestry.comThe Soldiers’ Charity Frontline Walk by Brian GallagherAsk Ancestry Anne: How Can I Keep a Photo Private?  by Anne Gillespie MitchellMary Berry of the “Great British Bake Off” discovers her family story on the next “Who Do You Think You Are?” (UK) by Brian GallagherIt’s a Small World: Discovering a 5th Cousin at FGS 2014 by Anna SwayneThrowback Thursday Topic: Cars and Learning to Drive by Juliana Szucs SmithFind A Grave Celebrates 100 Million Photos on Site! by Kristie WellsWhat We Are Reading: September 12th Edition by Amy Johnson…
  • 5 Things You Might Not Know About Colorado

    Juliana Smith
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Colorado joined the U.S. in the country’s centennial year and has had a colorful history, before and after being admitted as the 38th state. Here are five things you might not know about the “Centennial State.”1. In 1860, during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush, the greatest number of immigrants to Colorado came from Ohio, followed by Illinois, New York, Missouri, and Indiana. That year, the population of Colorado Territory was 34,277, of which only 1,586 were women.2. Zebulon Pike never made it to the top of the mountain peak that bears his name. Spanish explorers were the first Europeans…
  • What We Are Reading: September 12th Edition

    Amy Johnson Crow
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Sometimes what we read in a week follows a theme. There are those weeks when everyone seems to be writing about the same thing — or maybe subconsciously we’re just noticing the same subjects. That definitely wasn’t the case this week! In the past few days, everything from ancestors who were former slaves to non-paternity events to unusual libraries caught our eye. We hope you enjoy this eclectic mix!“Bristow Harris or Was It Bristoe, Brister or Bristol?” by Andrea Kelleher, on How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey. No matter his first name, Andrea is…
  • Find A Grave Celebrates 100 Million Photos On Site!

    Kristie Wells
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    When Jim Tipton launched FindAGrave.com in 1995, little did he know the impact the site would have over the next 19 years. What began as a site to record graves of the famous has turned into a resource to share and discover the graves of everyone from paupers to presidents. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of volunteers have created millions of memorials, many with photos of the tombstones.And thanks to the contributions of people around the world, we just hit a pretty exciting milestone on Find A Grave.Bob Sherwood of Tennessee uploaded the photo below and it became the 100 millionth…
  • Between the Leaves: Pet Projects

    Jessica Murray
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    A few months ago we launched a Google+ Hangouts series with professional genealogists Amy Johnson Crow, Anne Gillespie Mitchell, Crista Cowan, and Juliana Szucs Smith. The Between the Leaves hangout is an informal and, hopefully, educational conversation where they share their methods, stories and passion for family history research.Today we asked the ladies, “What pet projects or favorite research topics are you working on?”Many of us have a particular moment in history that inspires us to learn more. Amy Johnson Crow has an interest in researching Civil War records of the…
 
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  • Page's Name Change, Play by Play

    pagingmissbunny
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Written on August 19, 2014 ———- 7:39am Today will be a long day. We got up at 5:30am. The car got packed with work equipment. Coffee got made and put into mugs. Showers got taken. Clothes got picked out. …Boy did they get picked out. Page went into boy mode today for the sake of the courthouse and a job. She has lost quite a bit of weight. She was swimming in that dress shirt. It doesn’t even look right on her. It’s so weird when she has to go into boy mode. Gotta do what ya gotta do to get things done, I suppose. The first item on the list was to go to the…
  • The Birthday Party, As Seen By the "Other One"

    pagingmissbunny
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Written on August 17, 2014 ———- Last night Page had her coming-out slash birthday party. It went so well! Like I know I’ve got dishes to clean and a fridge covered in dry erase marker to clean off but I just want to write about this experience. There was so much prep and stress that led up to the party. It was so worth it though. We had such a good time that neither one of us took any pictures. When Page started HRT she figured that by the time her birthday came around in August that she’d be feminine enough to pass as a girl. On the one hand this gave her…
  • Nadie siente miedo a lo desconocido

    J.C. Romano
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Nadie siente miedo a lo desconocido, cualquier persona es capaz de conquistar todo lo que quiere y necesita. Sólo sentimos miedo de perder aquello que tenemos, ya sea nuestras vidas o nuestro cultivos. Pero este miedo desaparece cuando comprendemos que nuestra historia y la historia del mundo fueron escritas por la misma mano.
  • Bank Holiday Monday

    simonrcrowe
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    A habit I had hoped shed sees me return again to an uneven mattress bartering dreams for hours of a life foreswarn the remainder lived fewer forlorn Leaden legs and bleary eyes that deadened peer at leaden skies through a rain specked pane of glass Autumnal curtains gently pulse and endless cars and people pass Now in so few ways inured to the soporific haze of a dream-leeched day endured let alone the grimy little hours that settled gathered days months that piled heaped a year of stolen youth A life that barely filled half a shared room its white walls crumpled bed-linen and radiator…
  • Good Old Civil Disobedience

    Michael Johnpoll
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Today’s picture is from the gunsmith shop at Colonial Williamsburg. You should not touch the weapons there. That’s why keyboards exist. The word is the finest tool of them all. I’ve been involved in a sort of student activism for a few years now. Well… it’s more like I was dragged into the realm of student activist by my legs screaming, but I’ve enjoyed the experience. You never really learn how to speak more clearly in your life than when someone in authority over you asks why you’re doing what you are doing. “Why are you trying to make us look…
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    The Geneaholic

  • My Geneaholic Sunday and Monday - 14 and 15 September 2014

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:46 pm
    I missed journaling on Sunday because of the circumstances - exhausted, sleepy, and I didn't do a whole lot that day.  Monday was almost a nogenealogy day!1)  Sunday, 14 September:*  I didn't sleep well - woke up after 4 hours at 3:45 a.m. with terrible worries about my daughter suffering from a bad migraine headache and terrible shoulder pain after giving birth on Friday.  I expected a bad outcome.*  The worry was relieved when we talked to her after 8 a.m. - the headache and pains were greatly reduced and they had a known reason - referral gas pains.  Don't…
  • My Geneaholic Saturday - 13 September 2014

    13 Sep 2014 | 10:22 pm
    This was a sad and scary Saturday...but I got al ot of sources added to the database.*  Read email and blogs, noted that Surname Saturday - REYNOLDS (England to colonial Massachusetts) posted.*  We left at 10 a.m. for church for the memorial service of Helen DeVore, a cousin of mine who was in CVGS for a number of years.  A beautiful service.*  Home at 12:45 p.m. to read, note that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Show Us Your ImageChef Creations posted.  *  Dug into the New Hampshire Death Certificates of FamilySearch and added content and…
  • My Geneaholic Friday - 12 September 2014

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:53 pm
    A day that will go down in Seaver family history - another descendant of yours truly was born to daughter Tami in Huntington Beach.  Charlie and his mom are doing fine. *  Read email and blogs, and noted that 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 37: #44 Jonathan White (1804-1850) posted.  Wrote Cousins, Kinship, AJ Jacobs and King David and set it for later.*  Got distracted about noontime when Charlie was due, and received a picture about two hours later from James.  Wrote the two Saturday posts, and answered email, and then posted notes and pictures…
  • My Geneaholic Thursday - 11 September 2014

    11 Sep 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Nothing unusual happened on this September 11, the 13th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.  It was also the 127th wedding anniversary of my great-grandparents, Henry Austin Carringer and Della Smith, and the 77th wedding anniversary of my wife's parents, Lee S. Leland and Edna Schaffner.I stayed home all day with my shirt off and tried to stay cool, but failed.  didn't doze off, though!*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 231: Birth Records for Children of Nathan and Abigail (Knowlton) Gates in Gardner, Mass.*  Added a bunch of…
  • My Geneaholic Wednesday - 10 September 2014

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:17 pm
    This was another full genealogy day, but not in the evening.  Assuming something untoward doesn't happen on 9/11/14, Thursday should be a really full genealogy day since the Padres won't be playing.*  Had a terrible night's sleep and up at 7:15 a.m.  Read email and blogs, then wrote Aunt Marion visits San Diego -- Post 324 for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and One Lovely Blog Award and set it for later.*  Gathered the laptop and tablet and left at 11 a.m. for McDonalds for lunch, then to the library to visit John'as group and then got set up for the CVGS…
 
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    Before My Time

  • Translating an 1821 Luxembourg Militia Record

    7 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    Below is a militia record pertaining to Nicolas Petit (1802-1869), husband of Anne Maria Hauer (1804-1877) who was, according to calculations made by my Legacy database, my 3rd great grand-aunt. I've been working on the translation of this document and have used two colors to add what I have to the image below.I'm fairly certain about the lines which appear in turquoise, but would appreciate corrections if I'm wrong. Also, I don't understand what is meant by "Sr." in the second line of text where it says "Sr. Petit, Nicolas."I need help with the red items from someone who is familiar with the…
  • Family Entertainments of the Mid-1900s

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:51 am
    Before TV made entertainment a passive thing, people used to sing and play musical instruments. My grandmother Evelyn Hauer Kerr, I'm told, was quite the piano player when friends gathered at her home in Detroit.On my dad's side, my grandparents John and Gertie Krentz also had a piano in the living room at their farm in North Dakota. Although this photo is a little blurry, I can make out sheet music for Mockin' Bird Hill and something by Hank Snow.I asked my cousin Mary, who grew up near my grandparents, what she remembered about that piano. "I used to play around on that piano on a Sunday…
  • Ask your mother!

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    Today I did a Google search to find out what kinds of birds besides robins lay blue eggs. I clicked on Images in hopes of quickly finding a comparison chart. For whatever inexplicable net-surfer reason, I then clicked on a charming little picture of a nest with three blue eggs in it, and ... voilà! ... serendipity happened! As family historians, we've all seen some great lists of questions to ask our relatives about the past. This list has some fresh questions that might result in some really interesting answers from your closest relative: 10 Questions to Ask Your Mother Now
  • Review: Blurb's New BookWright Software

    20 Jun 2014 | 12:49 pm
    In the interest of preserving my family history on real paper instead of letting it disappear into the virtual void, I've been making print-on-demand books for about four years. I use Blurb as my p-o-d company and the free BookSmart software they provide to create my books. I found the software easy to learn, and with it I've been able to do everything I've imagined. There's a glitch here and a quirk there, but I've learned to work around them, so I'm happy with BookSmart. I've completed 21 book projects and had them printed. On three occasions, I had to contact Customer Support due to…
  • A Dishonorable New Marketing Strategy at Blurb

    2 Jan 2014 | 5:58 am
    My favorite print-on-demand company, Blurb, has really pissed me off. When you upload a new book for printing, they are now pre-checking a box for you to include a PDF of your book with your order of actual real books, for which PDF you are charged $4.99. You have to notice and UNCHECK the box if you don't want it, and I did not notice until I had completed and paid for my order.When I immediately tried to cancel the order to redo it without the PDF, a preemptive little memo popped up that says you CAN'T cancel the PDF part of the order. I guess that's because it was immediately available for…
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    NPR: StoryCorps Podcast

  • StoryCorps 390: Making Ends Meet

    NPR
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Kenny Thompson, a volunteer mentor, tells students Gary Barber and Dakota Gibson about discovering that some kids he works with couldn't afford school lunch.To hear more stories visit http://storycorps.org/listen. If you'd like to write to participants you can do so at podcast@storycorps.org. To make a donation visit http://storycorps.org/donateMusic Info:Back to Wisconsin by Cranston - http://cranston.bandcamp.com/track/back-to-wisconsin "1986" by Fredrik- http://www.frdrk.org
  • StoryCorps 389: 9/11 Stories

    NPR
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    Sekou Siby, a former kitchen worker at Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center, remembers losing his coworker Moises Rivas along with many others on September 11, 2001. John Yates was working at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. His office sustained a near-direct hit from American Airlines Flight 77, and Yates suffered burns on almost 40 percent of his body.To hear more stories visit http://storycorps.org/listen. If you'd like to write to participants you can do so at podcast@storycorps.org. To make a donation visit http://storycorps.org/donateMusic Info: "That Kid in…
  • StoryCorps 388: Rocket Man

    NPR
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Alton Yates tells his daughter, Toni, about being part of a small group of Air Force volunteers who tested the effects of high speeds on the body, and helped prove that space travel was safe for humans.To hear more stories visit http://storycorps.org/listen. If you'd like to write to participants you can do so at podcast@storycorps.org. To make a donation visit http://storycorps.org/donateMusic Info:  "1986" by Fredrik"Narwhal" by Pram
  • StoryCorps 387: Unwarranted

    NPR
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    Alex Landau and his mother Patsy Hathaway remember when Alex was beaten by three Denver Police officers. To hear more stories visit http://storycorps.org/listen. If you'd like to write to participants you can do so at podcast@storycorps.org. To make a donation visit http://storycorps.org/donateMusic Info:"Interlude 9" by Ending Satellites - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/endingsatellites/And_so_sing_the_black_birds/05_Ending_Satellites_-_Interlude_9  "The Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan" by Chris Zabrizkie -…
  • StoryCorps 386: When I Got Out

    NPR
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Former Baltimore police officer Mytokia Fair remembers the day she shot and killed her abusive husband in 1987. She told the story to her current husband, Thomas Fair. To hear more stories visit http://storycorps.org/listen. If you'd like to write to participants you can do so at podcast@storycorps.org.To make a donation visit http://storycorps.org/donate Music Info: "Photosphere" & "Demus" by Charles Atlas from the album To the Dust: From Man You Came and To Man You Shall Return
 
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    Brooklyn Historical Society Blog

  • September Staff Pick from the BHS Gift Shop – The New York Nobody Knows by William B. Helmreich

    Katelyn Williams
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    Welcome to the latest installment of Brooklyn Historical Society STAFF PICKS, a fun way to explore our awesome gift shop! The BHS Gift Shop features many items crafted right here in Brooklyn, as well as an array of books on Brooklyn and New York City suitable for the whole family. Once a month we feature a staff member and their favorite item from our gift shop because, let’s face it, who better than our Brooklyn-lovin’ staff to give great gift ideas? This month we chat with the wonderful Lead Visitors Services and Events Associate, Kate Ludwig, whose favorite book is The New York Nobody…
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    Memoir Mentor

  • Education Week Program Notes

    Memoir Mentor
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:46 pm
    If you attended my BYU Education Week classes on August 19, you’ll recognize your smiling teacher below. You should give yourself a pat on the back for making it to my blog, for it means that your interest in writing a family history has stayed with you beyond the week of classes, and beyond the interim time since. What’s more, you remembered to stop by to take another look at the slides I showed you in class. You should be able to access them by clicking on the links below. Unfortunately, I’ve had to strip down the slides I showed during the second hour, removing a lot of…
  • Life Writing Yields Weight Loss & Other Benefits

    Memoir Mentor
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:31 pm
    My friend Lori Parker sent me an article published in Psychological Science claiming that certain kinds of personal, reflective writing can actually help you lose weight! How about that? Simply put, a study found that a group of female undergraduates assigned to write an essay about a value that was important to them lost a few pounds over the next few months. Those in a control group assigned to write about something else did not. Why? Analysts concluded that when people write about subjects that reinforce their self-integrity, they develop more ballast to sustain them during life’s…
  • Me and Robert the Bruce

    Memoir Mentor
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    I’m embarrassed to admit I never heard of Robert the Bruce until I saw the 1995 Mel Gibson movie, Braveheart, the Academy Award-winning biopic of thirteenth-century war hero William Wallace. Raibeart Bruis, as he was known in Norman French, was more of a peripheral character in Gibson’s story, though Wikipedia says Robert the Bruce was one of the most famous warriors of his generation, eventually leading Scotland during the Wars of Scottish Independence against England. He’s a national hero. The First King of Scotland. Who knew? As I said, I didn’t. I guess my attention was diverted…
  • My Online Self-Publishing Success Story

    Memoir Mentor
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Readers:  At the end of this post, click on the link to an online magazine I’ve created for you with articles related to this topic. ________________ Some years ago my husband and I published Breathe Life into Your Life Story with a regular publisher. It takes a lot of work and luck to find a publisher willing to risk their time, money, and reputation on your book, especially if you’ve never published before. We were delighted to have snagged a company that we both admired. It was a small publisher, however, with a small budget and limited personnel and resources to put toward…
  • There are Book Signings… and Then There are Book Signings

    Memoir Mentor
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:46 pm
    I was so pleased I had been asked to signed books after I spoke at Jamboree a few weeks ago. Jamboree is an annual genealogy conference sponsored by the Southern California Genealogy Society at the Burbank Marriott. It’s one of the biggies. So, I sold and signed what I thought was a respectable amount of books–for me.  (There’s Pat Williams, one of my students, on the far right, buying a copy of my new family history, The Parrett Migration.) I went home feeling like I’d done something kinda special. UNTIL I HAD A REALITY CHECK!      SOME OF US SWIM IN…
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  • Joan, Fair Maid of Kent

    Christine Blythe
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Joan, Countess of Kent was Princess of Wales and was also known as Joan, Fair Maid of Kent. Her other titles included Princess of Aquitaine, Countess of Salisbury and Baroness Wake of Liddell. She was also the 26th great grandmother to my children. Joan at one time was described by French historian Jean Froissart as […]
  • Transcription: ‘In Memoriam’ for Lillian A. Auclair.

    Christine Blythe
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Following is my transcription of the ‘In Memoriam’ funeral card for Lillian A. Auclair (Lillian Active Paradis-Auclair). In loving memory of Lillian A. Auclair Died July 1, 1969 PRAYER O GENTLEST Heart of Jesus ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory have mercy on […]
  • Transcription: ‘In Memoriam’ for Joseph Dionne.

    Christine Blythe
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    The following is my transcription of the ‘In Memoriam’ card for Joseph Dionne. IN LOVING MEMORY OF Joseph Dionne Died July 31, 1944 Let Us Pray Incline Thine ear, O Lord, to our prayer, in which we humbly entreat Thy mercy; bring to the country of peace and light the soul of Thy servant which […]
  • Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions – 11 Sep 2014

    Christine Blythe
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Following are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions for the week ending September 11, 2014.   FamilySearch.org Brazil Brazil, Bahia, Passenger Lists, 1855-1964 Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1845-2013 Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2013 Canada Nova Scotia Births, 1864-1877 Colombia Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2012 Ghana Ghana Census, 1984 India India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, […]
  • The benefits of storing your DNA for future use.

    Guest Author
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    Assisting with legal issues, future comparison for accuracy, investigation of family histories, and verification of paternity and maternity are only a few of the benefits of storing your DNA for future use. by Christopher Tisch As of June 2013, it has been legal for law enforcement officers to obtain DNA samples from people who have […]
 
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  • How to Use a Thesaurus as a Genealogy Keyword Tool

    Mary Harrell-Sesniak
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    How to Use a Thesaurus as a Genealogy Keyword Tool was originally published at .Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this blog post, Mary talks about how important it is to try many variations when using keywords for your genealogy searches—and explains how helpful a thesaurus is for finding those variations. A thesaurus is a marvelous writing tool—and an essential search tool for genealogists. Why? When writers, and particularly journalists, go out of their way to be creative, they don’t use expected terms to…
  • Find Pictures of Your Ancestors’ Home in Old Newspapers

    Thomas Jay Kemp
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    Find Pictures of Your Ancestors’ Home in Old Newspapers was originally published at .Do you have old family traditions, places and/or heirlooms? Like Abe Lincoln, did your family live in a log cabin? Do you have a picture of it? Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas), 16 July 1922, page 7 If you are related to Robert Dalton of Palo Pinto County, Texas, then GenealogyBank’s newspaper collection has a photograph of their old log cabin (built in the 1870s) along with photos of the family. Our Historical Newspaper Archives are invaluable for finding old family homesteads, traditions,…
  • Patriot Day: Remembering 9/11

    Scott Phillips
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Patriot Day: Remembering 9/11 was originally published at .Introduction: Scott Phillips is a genealogical historian and owner of Onward To Our Past® genealogy services. In this blog post, Scott searches old newspapers to learn more about the history of Patriot Day, and discusses current commemorative events on this day. Every generation has certain historic days that are seared into their collective memories—days that we each know exactly where we were and what we were doing when we got the news. For folks in my parents’ generation, one of those days was 7 December 1941, “a date which…
  • Top Genealogy Websites Update: Internet Archive Book Images + Flickr

    Thomas Jay Kemp
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    Top Genealogy Websites Update: Internet Archive Book Images + Flickr was originally published at .Last year I wrote about Internet Archive, spiking it out as one of the top genealogy websites online. Recently there has been a new development that I wanted to alert you to. Source: Internet Archive Kalev H. Leetaru, the Yahoo! Fellow in Residence of International Values, Communications Technology, has used his position to mine the old images and photos in the Internet Archive and is putting them on Flickr, making it easy for us to find illustrations and photographs published in books over the…
  • Early American Colonial History Timeline Infographic

    Tony Pettinato
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Early American Colonial History Timeline Infographic was originally published at .Beginning in the 16th century, settlers from many European countries came to North America, including: Finland, Germany, Holland (the Netherlands), Ireland, Scotland, Sweden—and especially England, France and Spain. These settlers arrived seeking a better life, profit, and religious freedom. England eventually exerted control over the new land, and established the 13 colonies that became the United States. If you are exploring your ancestry all the way back to the Colonial period in U.S. history, this…
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  • A 94 Year Old Woman Is Reunited With Family She Didn’t Know She Had

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    12 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    Helen Curran Giberson, 94, thought after her brother had passed away that she was the last one left of her family. As it turns out, she has around 100 extended family members she didn’t even know existed! After her mother passed away in 1920, her father was no longer able to care for his children, […]
  • Radaris Background Check FAQ: Know What To Expect

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    11 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    As a people search engine, Radaris is used to reconnect loved ones, inform the everyday consumer, assist parents in keeping families safer, and help you find and get to know other people. Through our free public profiles, independent professional reviews, premium background checks, and other information tools we’re providing new ways to get to know […]
  • 5 Tips for a Better First Week on College Campus

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    2 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    The week after Labor Day means one thing for college students – the official start of the fall semester. Whether you’re a freshman or returning college vet, the first few days on campus can be exciting and stressful at the same time. Not only are you getting used to your campus community, but you’re getting […]
  • Reunited with Long Lost Family With The Help of Social Media

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    29 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    After moving from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Oklahoma at the age of five, Margaret Johnson was reunited with family she didn’t even know existed. Her mother lost custody of her at very young age, and she was never told that she had a rather large family back in Indiana, and after about 25 years her […]
  • Do You Want To Know Just How “Sketchy” Your Neighborhood Is?

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    25 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    Believe it or not, there’s an app for that. SketchFactor, a newly developed neighborhood safety app is designed to let users rate neighborhoods based on any incidents that have occurred in that area. SketchFactor tells all, from which intersections are horrible to drive through, to whether or not a particular block is more violent than […]
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