It’s Summer!

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Life is busier when the days get longer and warmer. Time to get all those outside projects done, visit family and friends, vacations, camping, and so on the list goes.

Image“The Meeting of the Hounds” engraved by J.T.Willmore after a picture by Eugene Lami, published in Summer and Winter in Paris, 1844.

What about genealogy? Keep it going; during a quiet evening after the days work and the evening meal is consumed, take some time to jot down a few lines about what keeps you busy in the summer. If you have time, expand on this and tell what kept you busy in summer as a child, what about your parents or grandparents, aunts and uncles. Maybe you will have a memory that you can put down on paper.

Maybe not. It may be a good time to tell stories to your children. Pass those stories down about your families. Tell them about your family coming to America or about where your family is from. You don’t have to go into all of it in an hour. Just tell them some of the history, so they know where and who they came from. Tell them that the next time, you will tell them more about their family- Perhaps you can find an intriguing story to start with.

Image“Taking Pleasure” (family outing) drawn and etched by Richard Dagley, published in Takings, or, the Life of a Collegian, 1821.

==>Now for those that are more serious and determined about getting as much done as possible:<==

Think on this — with technology changing so fast, those A drives? ever try to find one to read the 3.5 disc’s? Nearly impossible now, and the zip drives or jaz drives, or even try to find a computer that has the ports to read them! Even today’s  CD’s, DVD’s are changing. Now may be the time to make hard copies of the family information you have. Letters, emails, text messages, recordings on cassette or digital recorders, MS Word files, and of course remember the digital images!

Use Archival paper– it will last and not fade out. Have you noticed how fuzzy some of the copies printed 8 or 18 years ago are? You want those important family items saved for your descendants to enjoy!

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“Mausoleo O Tempio Di Bacco” (Rome) set of eight architectural copper plates published in Giovanni Battista Cipriani’s Monumenti di Fabbriche Antiche…, Rome, 1796. Slight foxing in a few margins (outside plate mark), otherwise good condition and with plate marks.

Thanks to Free stock images for genealogy – http://www.ancestryimages.com/categories.php

Enjoy your summer and your family and your genealogy! I know I sure am – so you may not get as many blogs in the next 3 months, but don’t give up on me!

This is a good time to go back and re-read the first blogs on the 6 parts of starting genealogy. Sometimes if you can’t find anything on a relative, just start with their name, date of birth and place of birth and see where it takes you. Every year new and different information gets discovered and digitized, this may be the year you find that information you have been looking for!

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