My Rootstech 2019 GIVEAWAY!

My Rootstech 2019 GIVEAWAY!

Enter to Win a 4-Day Pass to Rootstech 2019 from FamilyCherished! [Note: I am a paid speaker and an ambassador for Rootstech 2019. Please read full disclosure information down below.] Click HERE to enter! I am so excited about Rootstech 2019! Each year it gets better and better, and I know they have some great new things planned for 2019! Rootstech has given me a FREE 4-Day Pass to give to one of my followers and I hope it is you! The 4-Day Pass gives you the opportunity to attend Rootstech 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 27 through March 2, 2019, valued at $299 USD! Click HERE for information about Rootstech 2019. Winner will have access to: Over 300 classes Keynote and General Sessions Expo Hall with so many genealogy related vendors Evening Entertainment Events This pass DOES NOT include: any paid lunches paid labs airfare hotel coverage of other expenses. Note: If the winner has already registered for Rootstech 2019, the original Continue reading

Announcing a New Venture!

Announcing a New Venture!

I recently announced that I am going to England to speak at THE Genealogy Show in Birmingham on June 7-8, 2019. Well, my good friend, genealogist, blogger and webinar host, Myrt, from DearMyrtle is also going to the BIG event. We decided to make our trips to the UK, a most excellent genealogy adventure! We created a new blog, a Youtube channel and a Facebook group, so you can follow our adventures, as we take you along in our virtual suitcases. Everything we learn about what you need to know and do, to plan your own genealogy adventures, we will share with you. We have also created boards on Pinterest, so search for "Valerie and Myrt" there. We plan to share pictures we take along the way on Instagram and live action tweets on Twitter, as we explore and experience the UK - so look for our hashtag #valeriemyrt. And don't forget to keep coming here to my blog, FamilyCherished, where I will share more about the trip. I will also be sharing about Rootstech, where I am presenting 5 times Continue reading

Guess what? I’m Speaking in England!

Guess what? I’m Speaking in England!

I am so excited about the opportunity to speak at the inaugural event of THE Genealogy Show to be held at The National Exhibit Centre in Birmingham, England, on June 7-8, 2019! Speakers from around the world will be coming to share their knowledge of genealogy and DNA. I can't believe I get to be one of them! I will be presenting: Friday, June 7, 2019; 1:30-2:30 pm; Arena 2 Top Mistakes that New Genealogists Make and How to Avoid Them Saturday, June 8, 2019; 11:30-12:30 pm; Arena 2  How to Organise and Keep Track of Everything (No, I didn't spell it wrong. That's how they spell organize there, the fact that I know that is one of the reasons they chose me *snicker*). Can't make it to the UK? No worries, I've got a plan to take care of all you. I will be announcing the BIG NEWS this Friday, so stay tuned! Continue reading

Why Attend the Family History Writers Retreat

Why Attend the Family History Writers Retreat

I have been collecting pieces of stories for years as I have researched my family tree. Stories are gathering in my head, begging to be told. I love my ancestors because I know their stories. But will my family, my grandchildren love their ancestors unless I share their stories? I need time, time set aside to just write. No interruptions, no distractions, I need concentrated, focused time. Want time to work on your portfolio for certification or accreditation? I want 4 days in the beautiful Colorado Rockies, with hiking, swimming and hot tubbing to offer a respite from writing. I want to be surrounded by a few like-minded souls to share delicious home cooked meals and writing workshops offered to inspire and improve my writing? Where do I sign up! Jill Morelli and I couldn't find it offered, so we created it. September 19-23, 2018 in Silverthorne, Colorado. We will pick you up from the Denver airport and cart you away to writer's bliss. Need something to help you visualize Continue reading

Family History Writer Retreat is More Than Just Writing

Family History Writer Retreat is More Than Just Writing

Writing and doing genealogy research are pretty solitary pursuits for the most part. As an introvert, I do well in alone time. But, there is something about spending time with people, the people who get why you do what you do, people who are your tribe. The family history writer's retreat is geared to provide you with lots and lots  of quiet, writing time in a beautiful locale. After all that focused energy during the day though, you will need to unwind and reset each evening. After a your busy day of writing, we will serve afternoon tea and fresh baked scones, (herbal teas will also be available), as well as hot cocoa and homemade marshmallows to drink around the fire. Delicious breakfasts and lunches are provided, but for dinner we will explore the local cuisine and eat at Jill's favorite restaurants, or we can order pizza in. Evenings will include informal presentations and Q&A from Jill and I on writing and publishing topics that mean the most to attendees, while enjoying Continue reading

Portfolio Writing Help at Family History Writer’s Retreat

Portfolio Writing Help at Family History Writer’s Retreat

Is all the writing in research reports, proof arguments and kinship studies, that are needed for your portfolio to apply for certification to become a Certified Genealogist through the Board for Certification of Genealogists stoping you from moving forward? Come to the Family History Writer's Retreat in the beautiful Rocky Mountains this fall and let Jill Morelli, CG be your mentor. Jill directs groups that are looking to become certified. At the retreat, you have the opportunity to work with her first hand and pick her brain! During the retreat, we will discuss portfolio writing of Case Studies using Warren Bittner’s outline of things not to forget. Don't want to lug all your books with you? We will bring our reference library so you don’t have to. The evening session on portfolios will be directed by your questions and interests. Numbering systems, and how Jill writes her own client reports, and she will share how she implements “write as you go” to improve her Continue reading

Write Your Story at the Family History Writer’s Retreat

Write Your Story at the Family History Writer’s Retreat

Ask any professional genealogist how they got started, and they will almost always say it started with a story. Researching your family history, you often come across all kinds of great stories. Just the other day, I was teaching my husband how to do family history research for his family. I showed him the WWII Draft Registration card for his grandfather. Under the line that asked for "other physical characteristics that will aid in identification," was the written response, "cut on heel of right leg." My husband excitedly exclaimed, "I remember hearing about this!" He then relayed the story of his grandfather chopping wood in the backwoods of Kentucky, when the axe sunk deep into the heel of his foot. Not having access to doctors and hospitals, his family held him down while they packed the wound in salt and how afterwards he always walked with a slight limp. Here was story waiting to be told, needing to be told. You've got those stories too, those examples of heroics, of humor, or Continue reading

Rootstech. Who is it for Anyway?

Rootstech. Who is it for Anyway?

Finally recovering and processing Rootstech 2018 and time to write my summary. After reading various comments and blogs about the conference, mainly people confirming (after seeing pictures of the crowds), that they would never attend Rootstech and complaints about the lines getting into classrooms, etc. I realized that there is some confusion on who Rootstech is really for. Rootstech's organizer's FamilySearch, know that serious genealogists, whether they are professionals or hobbyists, are still going to go to institutes, attend other genealogy conferences, watch webinars, etc. regardless of what happens or doesn't happen at Rootstech. While Rootstech provides some classes that would appeal to the experienced researcher, you are not the target audience - they welcome you and want you to attend of course, but your are not the target audience. I have attended every Rootstech from the beginning, lots of bumps, starts and stops along the way, but overall I have always been excited Continue reading

Top 7 Insider Tips & Secrets to Survive and Thrive at Rootstech

Top 7 Insider Tips & Secrets to Survive and Thrive at Rootstech

Rootstech is the BIGGEST Family History Conference of its kind in the World. Officials are estimating attendance to Rootstech being held in Salt Lake City, Utah next week to be around 25,000 - with more 50,000 tuning in from around the world with live-streaming sessions. There is so much to see, with keynote headliners like Olympic Gold Medal Skater and sports commentator Scott Hamilton, PBS series' Finding Your Roots host Henry Louis Gates Jr., Social Media's Humans of New York Brandon Stanton and Mexican pop-rock singer, Natalia Lafourcade are all set to light up the stage. Over 300 classes and labs geared for everyone from very beginner (just-dipping-your-toes-in), to intermediate. More than 200 exhibitors with products that will be sure to delight any lovers of genealogy and family history. With SO much going on, it is easy to get overwhelmed. I've attended every Rootstech conference from the beginning, I served for years as an official Rootstech Amabassador and this will Continue reading

Finding Your Family History Treasures on Ebay, Amazon and Etsy

Finding Your Family History Treasures on Ebay, Amazon and Etsy

Are you like me and didn't inherit a lot of heirlooms or family history memorabilia? Did you know you can reclaim items from your ancestor's past on eBay, Amazon and Etsy? WHAT!        I know, who would of thunk it! Ebay currently has 64,386 genealogy items listed! Ebay can be a great place to look for out-of-print books, genealogy records, family Bibles and histories and genealogy books on CD. Besides the obvious genealogy books to be found, there may be other treasures waiting to be discovered! This is my latest family history find, a $1 token in exchange for merchandise at Martin O'Rear store, in Jasper, Alabama. A search in Google Books, reveals Alabama Supreme Court court case with a Martin O'Rear owning a merchandise store in Jasper, Alabama.  And yes, I spent way more than I would of liked, but I did talk the seller down $50...but, can you put a price on family history treasures...well, apparently you can and I'll pay it! I've also purchased on ebay a watercolor of Continue reading