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

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

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

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