The Undesirable 2nd edition

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So,

Now I want to go a little further and start ‘taking care of business’, to save my kids or spouse from having to do all the things my sister and I just did for our mom, when my time to leave this place arrives.

Like asking our children -who are adults now- what material items are important to them and perhaps, why . On that same note, perhaps there is something that I specifically want them to have, write a little not as to why I want them to have it, and adhere itPawPrints_LabradorFlowers

to the back of it, whether it is an art piece, toy, etc. If the piece is being displayed, my next thought is to get a spiral notebook, or 3 ring binder, or similar item and put a cover on it that will make it recognizable as something to look at when I depart. Show it to them, so they will know to look at it when my time does arrive. If it is all written down, and why, then that should save some emotion and difficulties during a very emotional time.

I have also considered using old trunks. One for each of our children, and putting in each trunktrunk what they want, or what I want them to have – what will fit of course. Then it is all ready for them to just load up and take to their home. This will also be convenient if a stroke, or dementia, or sudden illness happens. One can always put the notebook or binder in the trunk too. I can also add things as I find them, making it easy for me to put items from my ancestors that I may not want to be out in the open on display.

The only drawback are items that need to be in a safe or safe deposit box, but the instructions could be put in the trunk.

Now is also the time to write on the backs of photos, the names of the people in the photo, where the photo was taken and the date it was taken. This is so important, especially of family, as memory forgets , or what we know, does not mean that our children or grandchildren will know. Write It Down On The Backs Of The Photos Now. Don’t delay on this. It would be such a shame to have photos of your grandparents or aunts and uncles or cousins and then your children throw those photos away because they don’t know who those people are in them. (Do this also for friends who are important to your family, so they are not confused as relatives).

Do you recognize anyone in this photo? We only recognize two people. Our kids won’t recognize any of them. There is no one alive anymore who can identify them-at least none that we know of. (I did send a copy to one relative who was able to help identify a few more). But at the time, it was all cousins and uncles and aunts, and all were known. Time stops for no one, so write them down on the back of the photos.

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Oliver E. Clarke, Charley Clarke, and Clarke family reunion, in Illinois

The other blog

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Don’t know how it happened but I have two blogs and can only get into one of them to write, so the one you are reading now, is the one too look for.

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For past

blogs and genealogy info:look at this site-

https://humblegenealogy.wordpress.com/

 

 

Oops!

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So apparently I have a blog, separate from this one. Don’t know how it happened or how to correct it – at this time, at least.

so here are a very few more:https://humblegenealogist.wordpress.com/

Aha!, I just figured it out.

humblegenealogy vs humblegenealogist.

continuing 52 weeks of Genealogy

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I had shared with you a few blogs ago, a website that was titled 52 Weeks of Genealogy, which for a reason unknown to many stopped at 22 weeks. I put mine in a binder and printed out pages for each of our grandchildren for each week. I also put a copy of the weeks intro page in the back, after I sent out the copies via ‘snailmail’ to our grandchildren. They love to get things in the mail too.

This is what I came up with to continue on and you can add or change as best suites your thoughts:

 52 weeks of Genealogy
week 1 Your first or middle name, where did they come from?
week 2 What toys did you play with?
week 3 Who are your parents?
week 4 Did you grow up in one home or many homes?
week 5 Do you have brothers or sisters or both or none?
week 6 Did you have any pets or a favorite pet?
week 7 Death is a part of life, what is death to you?
week 8 What religious beliefs do you have?
week 9 4 generation Pedigree Chart
week 10 Do you play a musical instrument?
week 11 Are you Irish? Do you know your DNA profile?
week 12 All about dating OR Courtship, What was it like?
week 13 The first car you drove or owned
week 14 Your first job
week 15 What do you celebrate?
week 16 What is a Relationship chart?
week 17 All about your father
week 18 All about your mother
week 19 Hardships you faced
week 20 What ancestor do you share similarities with?
week 21 Who were your Aunts and Uncles?
week 22 Your favorite family vacation?
week 23 Favorite author, artist, muscian, person
week 24 Record your childrens/grandchildrens voices-ask them questions
week 25 Which relatives do you see the most and why
week 26 What clubs or organizations do you participate in
week 27 Do you volunteer?
week 28 What is a Patriot and do you have any?
week 29 What are the changes in medicine you have seen happen?
week 30 Cartography, maps of places you have lived, your ancestors have lived
week 31 Who were your grandparents or greatgrandparents?
week 32 Stories: what stories do you remember hearing about your family?
week 33 Mysteries and secrets: are there any in your family?
week 34 Were books a part of yours or your parents lives?
week 35 What is one of your most happiest childhood memories?
week 36 What is one of your most happiest adulthood memories?
week 37 What is Christmas to you? Do you celebrate it?
week 38 What is a Census record and how can it benefit you?
week 39 Do you or your family have any hand me downs from ancestors?
week 40 What do you want to pass on to your family?
week 41 What is winter like where you live?
week 42 What is summer like where you live?
week 43 What was school like for you? For your parents? For your grandparents?
week 44 Questions you wish you would have asked your parents?
week 45 What are some of your favorite foods? Drinks?
week 46 What were your dreams in life as a child? As an adult?
week 47 Did any give you advice? What advice would you give?
week 48 Who were some of your neighbors growing up?
week 49 What did you and your friends do growing up?
week 50 Do you have any hobbies and why did you choose it/them?
week 51 What changes have you seen in the world since you were a child?
week 52 What did your past provide for you, where are you right now, what does your future hold for you?

Quick Tips

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Summer is almost here, School is almost out, and life gets busy~

But don’t forget to document little times,as well as the big times:

Here is my Family Genealogy page on Pinterest:

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Great ideas by many people!

Using Google Earth, old photographs and old maps

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What an exciting find today!

(tell me, how are your 52 weeks of genealogy going? If you are on schedule with me, you are on week 4)

Google maps and your genealogy.

A great podcast slash video using Google Earth  and your old photographs and old maps and a bit of thinking to find your ancestors with Google Earth.

http://lisalouisecooke.com/free-google-earth-for-genealogy-video-class-by-lisa-louise-cooke/

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I really was intrigued by the name changes of roads and how to use old maps to find new street names and so on.

Have fun and take a couple hours to work along with the podcast slash video

Exciting news on writing your family story!

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My cousin just discovered a website that actually incorporates history of the world with your family members time line.
History Lines

https://historylines.com

and this week they are offering a discount SHARE40 Promo Code. Great savings!
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So what did I find out when I clicked on the story line for one of my ancestors? Good news! I didn’t have something correct- so now I get to find the error and correct it.

That is good news, it helps to keep information accurate.

I also found out what was going on in their little corner of the world during the time they lived, hygeine, wars, work, living conditions.

Check it out and see what you think.