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Newsletter No. 34
- November 2009.
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1. Our welcome
Journaling Your Memories from: Your Family Legacy
news from Genes Reunited.
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
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.
2. Journaling Your Memories
Your Family Legacy Website
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
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:
Key to Faster and More Satisfying Journaling”
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
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.
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.
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