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Newsletter No. 34 - November 2009.

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I'd like to welcome my new subscribers.  I am now offering an eBook to all my subscribers totally FREE and here's the link: Genealogy Guide Please do not tell anyone about this link as it's only for subscribers. If your friends wish to subscribe they will get the guide through this link.


1. Our welcome message.

2. Featured Article – Journaling Your Memories from: Your Family Legacy

3. Latest Family History news from Genes Reunited.

4. Next Months Featured Article: Courting Information - How the Local Courthouse Can Be a Wealth of Information by Paul Duxbury and Kevin Cook


 I decided to skip the October newsletter as I was getting further and further behind! I hope you don't mind:-)

However I have another interesting issue this month.

To all my new subscribers and anyone who haven't got their copy, the link to the free eBook 'The genealogy Guide' is in the intro' above.

I have a great article courtesy of 'Your Family Legacy' below, which I'm sure you will enjoy.

I'd like to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year - And Productive researching in 2010.

Jim Ackroyd

2. Journaling Your Memories

by Your Family Legacy
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In preserving your family heritage, journaling is the addition of written details often done to compliment a picture or document. The most common kind of journaling is noting the names of people in a photograph, but as easy as this is, there is one all too familiar mistake made here – the habit of referring to people in relation to oneself. You may have already encountered this in your own quest to discover the identities of people in old photographs even when someone went to the bother to include names, such as “Great Aunt Claire, Mom, Dad, and Sis.” You may find yourself asking, “Whose Great Aunt Claire? Whose Mom and Dad!” The frustration can be maddening, so always use first and last names. Remember that journaling isn’t just for your own reference but for future generations who may not know who made the notations. Of course the paper and ink you use should be archival quality and you should avoid writing on the actual photo or document. Journal next to, beneath, or on an adjacent scrapbook page. Include dates, names, events and any other details you may know.

Think of journaling as telling a story – write down the sort of things you say when you show someone your scrapbook or genealogy collection. Perhaps an ancestor was a privateer during the American Revolution, or a blacksmith who fashioned his wife’s wedding ring himself out of gold he panned in the Black Hills.

Journal notations are the perfect way to hand down family lore too, noting of course that they may not be fact. You may note that the tree in the background of a photo was where a known outlaw was supposedly hung, or that an ancestor was the first to suggest to Abraham Lincoln that he go into politics, or that the family home in the last century was thought to be haunted.

You may wish to dedicate the first page or first section of your heritage album or notebook to family stories and lore. Don’t be afraid to include family superstitions since they say so much about the times, including our own.

Of course journaling doesn’t have to accompany pictures or documents. You could keep your own journal of your daily life or take a notebook along to genealogy libraries, cemeteries, record rooms of private libraries, anywhere you go to do your family research, and jot down your thoughts, ideas, questions and theories. They may help you in future searches or give clues to genealogists researching your family a hundred years from now.

No matter how you journal – with a few words jotted next to a photo or dozens of pages in a notebook, don’t let your family’s past and present be lost to future generations who want to know who they are and where they come from.

For more information:

The Key to Faster and More Satisfying Journaling

Journaling for Scrapbookers

Scrapbooking and Preserving Family Memories

3. Hi James

Genes Reunited members can now attach 1901 census records to their family tree! This new functionality encourages members to view more records and enables them to enrich their trees with valuable historical details. To take full advantage of this amazing new feature, members can just start searching the 1901 census for their ancestors.

Attaching census images and transcribed records is easy and means that Genes Reunited members will always be able to see who their ancestors were living with in 1901. This will save them time and give them clues as to where to look next for other relations.

Kind regards,
The Genes Reunited Team

4. Next Months Featured Article:

Courting Information - How the Local Courthouse Can Be a Wealth of Information by Paul Duxbury and Kevin Cook

As a genealogist you have probably heard that a trip to any courthouse should be a last resort. This advice is passed along as a result of a bad experience or multiple bad experiences in visiting the courthouse. However, that is just not true; a trip to the local courthouse can result in a great deal of information that may be valuable to your genealogical searches. The idea is to know what you are getting into when starting your genealogy search and what you should do when you get to the courthouse. Read it all next time. by Paul Duxbury and Kevin Cook.

I really hope you enjoyed this months newsletter. And in case you forgot earlier - Please sign the  Guestbook.

Jim. Editor

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