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

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable Challenge

Announcing the "30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable Challenge." Starting January 1st, we are kicking off the challenge. 2015 is the year to start living a well-documented life. What exactly is a well-documented life? Let me ask you, do you keep a journal, a memoir or have you written your life’s greatest stories? Have you labeled your photos or gathered all of your vital records for you and your children? What is the recorded legacy that you will leave for the next generation? Many genealogist’s do a great job documenting and sourcing the lives of their ancestors, but their own life - not so much. So join the challenge for 30 days in January, where every day you will receive a task to complete for the day. Learn from others and share your success. Begin the year off right and record your life’s story! Share your progress and learn from others! Continue reading

My New Favorite: Apple Cider Bread Pudding with Maple Custard and Praline Sauce

My New Favorite: Apple Cider Bread Pudding with Maple Custard and Praline Sauce

  I love the holidays. I love the family gathered around, sharing laughter, food and memories. This year, I decided to be bold and not only try a new recipe, but create it myself. I adapted it from several recipes and it really hits the spot. Warm, comforting and delicious. I am adding it to the “tried and true” collection. I may not have inherited a lot of recipes, but I am for sure going to leave some good ones for the next generation to enjoy. Family History is made one day at a time, and this one is the start of another great tradition. So, what was the dish that inspired me? Apple Cider Bread Pudding with Maple Custard and Praline Sauce I will share the recipe with you, because sharing is good – and so is this desert! Apple Cider Bread Pudding with Maple Custard and Praline Sauce   4 large eggs, lightly beaten  3/4 cups sugar  2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg  1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 cup butter, Continue reading

Ohana Means Family Or Why You Should Use Facebook For Family History

Ohana Means Family Or Why You Should Use Facebook For Family History

One day, while Google-ing for dead people, I came across an announcement about a family reunion for descendants for Captain Thomas Mossman and his wife Mary Ann Lewis. I so excited because:Those are my 3rd great grandparentsThere was going to be a reunion It was in HAWAII! Thank goodness my ancestors didn't settle in South Dakota! My family line left the aloha state for California with my grandmother. Something about education, pffffffft! what were they thinking?! Anyways, because of the move, my family line had drifted away from their Hawaiian ohana. This was a great chance to reconnect with my cousins and learn more about my ancestry.My husband, 2 daughters, mom, aunt, uncle and 2 cousins all made that reunion and had a glorious time meeting and connecting with our new extended family. We have cousins with ethnicity from Polynesia, Japan, China, Portugal and everywhere else too - how cool is that! Thomas Mossman started his career here as a sail maker Thomas Mossman was born in 1 Continue reading

Born Protectors and Patriots

Born Protectors and Patriots

Valerie Elkins: Patriots Display As we approach Independence Day, I reflect upon my heritage. Both my husband and my ancestor's have been in every war and conflict since this country began.My husband is a Marine (once and always), my son is in the Army National Guard, my father in the USAF, one grandfather was in the WWI, the other in WWII and back it goes.Some seem to be born with a inborn willingness and  desire to  protect and defend. Did they all anxiously want to fight? Probably not, but they would do so anyways. Because they knew there are some things worth fighting and dying for.There are also some women, who may not have joined the battle, yet they nurtured the love of freedom, they inspired the need to defend and protect and they supported and prayed for those they loved who were in harms way.My son who is in the ROTC and the Army National Guard, has had girls he was interested in pursuing a marriage relationship with, not want to be with him because they did not want to face Continue reading