2 Blogs in One


2 Blogs in One



Simple Steps: How to organize your family information on your computer


Hand Me Downs: Those things that were handed down from your ancestors to you and now you are handing them down to your descendants


Simple Steps:

I am going to start with an example:

First Folder_Genealogy

                Second Folder_Lastname (you could put 4 if you are researching 4 names, such as both of your grandparents)

                                Third Folder_(Where the information was found, but don’t get too many)


                                                Worldwide Web



                                                Contact person that helps a lot

                                                genealogy website you use often

Naming the file_Datefirst, then the title of the information:

                keep it simple


                                2014January31_LastnameFirstname(for a photo)

(Another suggestion for photos is to also put it in MSWord, put the information about the photo below the photo -who or what the photo is about, when it was taken, where it was taken, the circumstances that were going on while the photo was being taken. If it is a studio photo, maybe it was a day the whole family got together just to get photos taken)

That really should be all you need. Perhaps you can come up with



Hand Me Downs

                I was at my daughters family home and noticed how wonderful it was to see items that belonged to my grandparents and my parents and me that I had handed down to her. It was a really an amazing feeling I had, totally unexpected.

                One thing that is understandable, but is a little frustrating, is all that family information from the ‘family steamer trunk’, that got divided amongst the children and now is handed down and separated to their children and so on. I have seen how things were lost or tossed or misplaced, many that are never to be seen again, after they were divided up.

                If the time has not happened for you to be dividing such items up that is good. Perhaps you can designate one family member that will keep all the info together (everyone can gets copies of it). There is usually a reason why certain envelopes and photos and documents are kept together in one rubber band and another is kept in a small box and another in an unmarked envelope. This is important to find out why they are together, perhaps it has to do with a certain place, or event, or family.

                If your elders are still around, that is wonderful! Perhaps you could take a couple of days and ask them if it would be okay to go over some of the photos and letters and documents together. So that there won’t be any confusion about them later. (This may take a few days or a couple of months or so).

                Big manila envelopes work well for many items. The information on the outside of the envelopes should include the year(s) the info is about, what family it is for, and if it is all from the same place, where it is from. Go through a few items at a time. Don’t get overwhelmed keep it simple and enjoyable as possible.

                Write on the back of photos, on the sides of the frames if they are paper, who is in the photo and what family they belong to. Writing Jane Doe’s family may not be enough, especially if there are 5 generations of Jane Doe Families! Also the year the photo was taken will help a lot in keeping which generation it belongs too.

                This same process will work for letters. If they don’t have envelopes, put them in one that is big enough to not bend or tear the paper. Then write on the envelope what year, who wrote it and to whom it was written and a brief 2 or 3 word description of what it is about, Civil war, lawyer, estate, family, you get the idea.

                What about material items? If you can write the same type of information on a paper and put it in an envelope and put it in the item, that is good. If it is too small, and you want to display the item, perhaps those heavy paper tags with strings on them will work. Write the information on the tag, then attach the string part to the item. Perhaps you will have to put a piece of tape on the item with the information on the tape. How about taking a photo of the item, putting the photo on a blank piece of paper and writing the information next to it. You could use a spiral notebook for this, or a binder, or a folder. You may have to get creative here.

We have covered much information today. Remember to Breath, relax and enjoy your family – present and past.


What changes have you seen in the last 20 years ?


This morning I received this email from an older friend of mine:

“[A friend loaned me a book and said, “I thought of you and thought you would like to look at this book.”  It is 100 years old; actually, the copy he loaned me was 50 or so years old, but the first edition of the book was printed in 1914.  Things have changed: what was funny then is not always funny now; racist and sexist jokes and stories were almost the “norm” in those days.  Think about it: few cars, isolationism was the accepted political strategy, Mississippi had more people than California, it had been less than 50 years since the end of the Civil War, my grandparents were still quite young (perhaps yours were not even born yet)… ]

What changes have you see in the past 20 years, the past 50 years?

Here are 12 random things I have seen in my lifetime:

1) Urban sprawl

2) dryer sheets and permanent press material

3) a man lands on the moon and lives in outer space aka the space station

4) microwave ovens

5) from use what you have to throw it away

6)  reuse, recycle,reduce, repurpose

7) plastic

8) the end of small pox, polio and the introduction of new diseases like AIDS, ADHD, H1N1,

9) lack of nutrition shown in undernourished people to the lack of nutrition shown in overweight people

10) mailing a letter or making a long distant phone call to instant communications

11) film to digital

12) changing of nations

Now is the time to find out from your elders what changes they have seen. They can probably tell you things you didn’t even know about. And you get a Bonus!, you can hear it from them as they experienced it.

Be sure to pull out that digital recorder or tape recorder or video recorder and maybe some photos or magazine articles.


Family Photos


Image Great Grandparent and great grandchild.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

What a great Photo Challenge!

I have noticed that very young children, babies and toddlers more specifically, seem to have a very special connection with the Senior Saints or Patriarchs and Matriarchs of the family. Have you ever noticed that? Sometimes it seems that they almost have their own language between them!

This past few weeks I have been able to get in contact with the Senior Saints of my family and send some photos to them, ones that I have no idea who they are. Photos I have had for about 5 years and never knew who were in them. I got a call last night from one of them and I wasn’t home to get the call–grr, but yipee, I get to call them back and we can talk about it then. Sometimes it takes time, lots of time. I am sure there are a few that we may never identify, but we will keep them because they were a part of our relatives and maybe in years from now, a descendant will see them and say, I look just like this one! Now, wouldn’t that be something.

My cousin has also used Facebook [not promoting website here just stating a fact] to share photos with us relatives to see if we can identify them and figure out who is who. It has helped and we get to share these lovely old photos, or newer ones before they fade away. Some are tin types, some are from the 50’s.

The photo above? Great Grandparent and great grandchild, I took this one in the late spring of 2012, it is almost 2 years old. It is digital, and how are we going to share these later on with our descendants? Will they have the technology to play the CD or will it be outdated? I have 3.5 floppies and it is near impossible to find a tool to view the photos on them.

Perhaps it is time to get a few meaningful photos printed and write on the back of them who they are of and when and where and what is going on when the photo was taken.

When was it taken:

Who is it of:

Where is it at:

Why was it taken:


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blog Here is a genealogy photo book we put together and gave to our children

Three Kings day is over, the end of the ‘Holiday Season’. The lights are down, the decorations are put away, the presents and paper and ribbons and cards will be put away by the weeks end. What now?
Don’t put those cards away! My cousin sent me a great idea for those cards, making a book out of them! Then they are all in one place and what in the world does this have to do with genealogy!?!

Think about the cards published 80 years ago, 50 years ago, even 30 years ago. How have they changed? Who sent them to you? What family letters or notes were put inside of them? What photos were sent to you-or-was the card a family photo or their family vacation? The current trend has been to send Year in Review letters.  Letters full of family information. Information that is now history, albeit, recent history, but a year or two or 10 will pass and it will be old history. Maybe you are not too excited about the letters with photos, or photocards right now, but your descendents will be so grateful to you for saving these for them to view. Be sure to put names on the photos if there aren’t any on them!

Let’s look at this Holiday Book as a great way to keep current family history organized and stored and easy to access in the future.

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1) http://www.writeclickscrapbook.com/.a/6a0115703fdafe970b0167605c1ac8970b-450wi

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3) http://img0.etsystatic.com/007/0/5704364/il_340x270.397317368_5no1.jpg

If you get invitations for Weddings, Baby Announcements, Every Day letters, Obituary’s and such, perhaps more could be had. You could use the school type pocket folders if you don’t want to get decorative with your holders.