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Thanksgiving and Family Drift

Tomorrow is thanksgiving and I find myself looking back at the Thanksgivings of my past. Born in Washington State and surrounded by most of my extended family, we always got together with the full family at Thanksgiving and Christmas. But with the deaths of all of my grandparents and the growing up of my cousins […]

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Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA

I write from three to seven book reviews a week for this site. The main goal of each review is to provide sufficient information about a book to allow the reader to determine the book’s potential value to their own library. In other words, to answer the question “should I buy this book?” I try […]

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My Life And Times : A Guided Journal For Collecting Your Stories

A critical, if often overlooked, part of genealogy is the recording and preserving of one’s own life through records, documents, the passing of family heirlooms, and stories. With a focus on collecting information about the past it is easy to forget about the present. Sometimes we think about telling our life stories, but seem to […]

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Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA

I write approximately six book reviews a week for this site. The main goal of each review is provide sufficient information about a book to allow the reader to determine the book’s potential value to their own library. In other words, to answer the question “should I buy this book?” I try to remain unbiased […]

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Producing a Quality Family History

What does it take to put together a family history worth reading? The short answer is time, money, and effort. However, after all the work you have done in researching, collecting documents, gathering pictures, sorting, and recording genealogies and family stories, putting a family history together should seem like a piece of cake. To help […]

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ReelGenie a Finalist for the High-Profile SXSW Accelerator

The following News Release is from Thomas MacEntee: Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 30, 2013: ReelGenie, an innovator in digital storytelling, has been selected as a finalist for the high-profile SXSW Accelerator. The company, based in Washington, D.C., is among eight competitors selected from hundreds of applicants in the Social Technologies category. ReelGenie will unveil its […]

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Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans

In his History of New Hampshire, historian Everett Schermerhorn Stackpole attempts to answer the question, “What makes a man prominent?” In his words: “Whoever has helped notably in the great march of human progress deserves credit therefor in the popular estimation. Abilities, character and achievement make men prominent. Learning and money may be helpful, but […]

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Family Treasures: 15 Lessons, Tips, and Tricks for Discovering Your Family History

Each family history is different, as are the stories of each ancestor. The research trail is equally unique for each family history. In Family Treasures: 15 Lessons, Tips, and Tricks for Discovering Your Family History, Barry J. Ewell shares his experiences in hope of helping other researchers make their path to research success just a […]

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Writing the Family Narrative

Eventually, most genealogist come to realize that years of collected data, records, diaries, pictures, heirlooms, and more cannot endlessly pile up in boxes and still serve living or future generations. Organizing and sharing volumes of data in a practical and digestible manner becomes a problem. The solution for many is the publishing of a family […]

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Exploring Our Lives: A Writing Handbook for Senior Adults

You don’t need to be a “senior,” or even close, to make use of and enjoy Exploring Our Lives: A Writing Handbook for Senior Adults by Francis E. Kazemek. As the title suggests, this book is designed to help people write their own life stories. Perhaps Francis simply feels that being a “senior” simply means […]

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“Day of the Dead celebration grows in national popularity”

Early this weeks I posted a blog about cemeteries across the country celebrating Halloween in unique ways. Well it appears that cemeteries and many people in general are beginning to celebrate in the U.S. a similar holiday with increasing attention. November 1 is known in Mexico as Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead. […]

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SaveEveryStep.com; A New, Free Website for Saving Those Precious Memories

SaveEveryStep.com is about nostalgia. So many of us who lose loved ones only to realize you might not have known them as well as you thought. Have you said, “I didn’t ask those life questions when I should have, when I had the chance.” Site founder Helen Spencer experienced these feelings and made similar statements. […]

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Legacy Planner – from the Creator of the Franklin Day Planner

Most of us are acquainted with Franklin Day Planners – especially if we happen to live in Utah. To be seen without your Day Planner around here means you just aren’t organized. Folks live by these things. Now I see that the creator of the Franklin Day Planner has come out with a new product […]

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Kansas African American Museum Receives $25K Grant to Collect Stories

WICHITA — The Kansas African American Museum has received a $25,000 grant to establish a statewide history and genealogy program called “Knowing Me, Knowing You.” The program is designed for anyone with a contribution to Kansas African American history. The grant, awarded by the Chester and Ada Franklin Scholarship Fund and co-trustees Bank of America […]

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Entrepreneur Bill Burch Introduces ArchivaLife – to Document Your Life Story

During the class periods, exhibit halls at conferences can be pretty quiet – if not dead. That’s when the exhibitors themselves get to visit. This was the case at the California Family History Expo a couple weeks ago. One of the booths near my Family Roots Publishing booth was the ArchivaLife exhibit, manned by Bill […]

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