Rootstech 2017 Keynote Speakers Review

Rootstech 2017 Keynote Speakers Review

Having attended all 7 Rootstech, I can say with some authority, that this year's Rootstech was the best. Since the world's largest family history conference is jammed pack with so much to talk about, I'm going to break my review into a series of posts. Today's topic is the Rootstech keynote speakers. Rootstech Innovator Summit was keynoted by Liz Wiseman, a leadership expert and strategist, best selling author and Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch. [Click on photos for links to view their presentations.] My takeaway from Liz's presentation was the value of being a Rookie. In professional genealogy, being a rookie is not something most aspired to, as it takes years and years of experience, study and hard work to gain a strong understanding and background to tackle tough research problems. I have noticed over the years that it can be easy to slip into a groove of complacency, thinking you know a subject and you stop digging deeper because you think you hit the depth of Continue reading

Easy Family History Ideas for Thanksgiving

Easy Family History Ideas for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving and Family History Go Perfect Together Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house we go...Thanksgiving will soon be here, families will be gathering together to give thanks and to eat turkey.                                             Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to do some family history! While everyone is there, why not share stories, take pictures, play some family history games - all while creating some cherished memories? Here are some easy and painless ideas to help you get started: FamilySearch App FamilySearch Memories App, allows you to take pictures of grandma's photos and documents and upload them to your tree. Interview family members and upload the audio file. It is easy, unobtrusive and allows everyone in the family to be able to share and access them later.                                                                                             Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 29

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 29

Day 29 - My Favorite Things When we are looking for a ray of sunshine on a bleak and stormy day, what memory can we recall that will see us through? Why is this memory special? How did this memory help us through tough times? Do we do anything special to create more happy memories or do we leave it to chance? Are there particular people or is there a certain period of time are usually in these happy memories? Journaling is more that writing down your thoughts, it can be a resource to turn to when we need support, reassurance and hope. Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 28

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 28

Day 28 - Traditions Our family traditions can assume many forms, like Hot Cocoa and popcorn on Sunday afternoons, or a bowl of Snow Cream made from the first snowfall, to name just a few. What are your family traditions? How did they start? Traditions can be the glue that helps hold a family together and can provide a strong foundation for building lasting family bonds. Share yours and write them down in your journal so that future generations know how they started or why they are so meaningful. Don't have any? Create some! Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 6

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 6

    Day 6 - Love Notes A love letter written 500 years ago was found buried with a Korean mummy. A grieving woman writes a beautiful letter mourning the loss of her beloved husband and buries it beside him. Centuries after it was written, the love and sentiment expressed continues to touch hearts and inspire people around the world. The widow actually made slippers for her husband woven from her own hair, and he never had a chance to wear them. While that is kind of creepy by today's standards, I can appreciate the feeling. Her expressions of her love spans time.   In a day of texting, emails, Skype, instant messenger, actual handwritten letters of love are quickly disappearing. How will our love inspire future generations? How will your love span time? We all have people we love - a spouse or significant other, a child, a parent, a grandparent, a friend. Love letters can written to express more than romantic love. For some reason when we take the Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 5

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 5

Day 5 - What Do You Believe? Everyone has them, their core believes, the things that they hold near and dear to their heart. Those thoughts that you believe to be true, regardless what others may say or do. I'm not talking religion here, though religious beliefs are part of it, or can influence your core believes. When talking to my young adult son, who was getting serious about a girl he was dating a few years ago, we had a conversation about the this very subject. He thought they were very compatible because they had very similar interests and hobbies and they both liked the same things . But, when I asked about what her core believes were, he wasn't sure what hers were. I pointed out that when people have core believes and values in common, their relationships will be more in happier because they will agree on the subjects that matter most. It may not seem to matter at the beginning of a relationship, but it will always be an issue later on. Our core beliefs will shape how we Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 4

Day 4 - Your Top 10 Stories There are many ways to document your life and many people start by doing it chronologically. Being married to a professional Safety Man, I have learned to look ahead and picture the worst case scenario, always asking, "What if?" What's the worse case scenario in this case? You die tomorrow or something happens to you and your best stories are locked inside of you. Depressing, but it doesn't have to be. It motivates me to get a move on it! People may piece together your vital records - but your stories, the ones you most valued will remain untold unless you do something now to prevent it. Let's begin with what's most important first - the stories you value most. Some are going to say, "10 stories! I don't have 10 stories." Others will say, "10 stories! Only 10 stories, how am I going to narrow it down to 10?" Either way, let's start with 10. Top 10 Stories Criteria: the 10 stories you would most regret having left untold or recorded events, Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 3

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 3

Create a Personal Timeline Mapping your life is the next step in our challenge. Creating a timeline when researching ancestors is an important tool when putting together a record of your own life. Now we are going to use that same tool for our own lives.  We don’t remember events chronologically, but having a framework to organize and organize our stories will make things easier as we add events. There are lots of online sites that make timelines for you, a website with links to 19 such sites can be found here. You can make your own as elaborate or as simple as you want using Excel or Word. Download a free timeline here.     Continue reading

Day 2: Life’s Master File

Day 2: Life’s Master File

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable - Day 2 Here we go, now let’s get things off to a good start. Yesterday we gathered the records of our life. Now, what are we going to do with that information and the other items we shall be putting together? We need to have a system, a master file to be able to access, use, find, share at a moment’s notice. I am suggesting several options on how to organize and set up your master files, but they are by no means the only way. Option 1 – OneNote OneNote is a now a free program that is available on both PC and Mac and is available at OneNote.com, if you don’t already have it on your computer as it is part of the Word Office Suite. OneNote is an electronic notebook, with page dividers and tabs. An added plus is that you can access it not only offline, but can access it through any computer or smartphone through the cloud. You can create numerous notebooks, share them with others or being able to read them anywhere is extremely convenient and Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 1: The Gathering

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 1: The Gathering

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable Challenge – Day 1: The Gathering   Welcome to The Pachyderm Project’s challenge! I hope that this project will be just the beginning of your making your life not only well-documented, but making it memorable in every way! Alice Waters once said, “This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.”  Gathering: We are going to start off by gathering everything into one place that documents, identifies and names us. Where are you right now? Appreciating who we are, where we are at, what we have allows us to acknowledge our blessings and also to open our heart and minds for new opportunities. Taking inventory is a necessary step to growth, but also to records who we are, right now. Items to Gather: Birth certificate Personal Id (driver’s license, passport, social security card, school id, etc.) Marriage certificate, divorce papers, adoption Continue reading