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Summer travel

I’m feeling the onset of summer! YES!! I’m ready for a break from the class I teach in the mornings to high school students and even more so for the opportunity to hang out with my kids and grandkids! Summer time is fun time!

We don’t have any great trips planned but I’m sure hoping you do. Are you going to a place where your family once lived? If so, don’t miss the opportunity to visit family sites or do some research while you’re there.

Check out these videos, one about planning a heritage trip and one about the realities sometimes! ūü§£ Enjoy!

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Artificial Intelligence & Family History

It’s sweeping the nation and garnishing lots of news! How can you use A. I. to make your family history better? I used Storied’s story writing platform which uses A. I. to generate stories and it was pretty fun! I’m not a good storywriter and this really helped me.

Check out this video about the process and the platform called Storied. They also have a cool way to share those stories with your family. Worth a look.

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While this would be hard to pull of for the holidays – these books make great gifts for your family! Share all the things you’ve learned about your ancestors.

FamilySearch made some great changes that I think you’ll like – check them out!

Or if you’re into – check out some of my time saving tricks!

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Rootstech will be Free in 2021

img_8428One of the events I look forward to each year is Rootstech in Salt Lake City, Utah. Next year it will be virtual and FREE! It is the world’s largest genealogy conference. There will be dozens of classes in multiple languages available on demand throughout the year! Don’t miss this great opportunity. Click here for more info and to sign up.

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Ancestor Card Game

I believe knowing your ancestors makes one better and we will see them again someday. My grandchildren don’t know these people as I did, most have passed away. In wanting my family to draw closer to their ancestors I made this card game for my family. It turned out terrifically! How can you draw your family into their family history?

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Creating Family History Books


One of my favorite things is creating a family history book. Image driven material is more interesting, particularly for the short attention spans of today. One of my clients wanted to donate a copy of his book to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is now available digitally.  Click here to check it out!

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Interviewing Family Members

Me & DadI’ve been trying to take advantage of my dad’s visits and spend a little time asking about his life. ¬†I’ve loved¬†learning more about him and my other family members. ¬†One of my favorite stories was when my dad and some buddies decided to ride¬†down the street on an old buckboard (unattached to horses). ¬†They were having fun until they realized they couldn‚Äôt stop it… ¬†Dad was driving & the other boys had to run ahead to the next intersection to stop traffic! ¬†They finally were able to navigate into their school yard, drive in circles, and finally stop.

Be sure to take the opportunities you have as they arise and learn about your family.  Click HERE to visit my tutorial for more ideas and information.

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Grandma in Prison?

Yesterday’s post was about taking the opportunity this holiday season to learn about your relative’s life. (click here for starter questions)¬†It brought to mind some of my favorite stories my grandmother would tell me when she was alive (still miss her dearly). Here are two…grandma-morgan-me

Grandma Georgette (pictured right with my daughter and me) grew up in San Francisco. ¬†She attended high school near the wharf right up the hill from the Ghirardelli Chocolate factory. Because this was 1928 or so… air conditioning was not an option, thus windows were opened to cool the building. Grandma would laugh remembering her difficulty concentrating while smelling chocolate! Can you imagine trying to keep your focus under those circumstances?

Grandma had a good friend whose father worked at Alcatraz prison (an island prison in San Francisco bay). The two girls would go to Alcatraz Island and visit. There they had a bowling alley the girls would frequent. In those days, the bowling pins were reset by hand and that was a prisoner’s job. When asked if it was scary, Grandma just shrugged stating that guards were around… they were fine! I’ve visited Alcatraz and still can’t quite imagine my grandma in the prison bowling while prisoners reset the pins.

Ruined Social Hall of Alcatraz                                             (By Carraroe1 РOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

(Fun Fact: The Social Hall, also known as the Officers’ Club, was located on the island of Alcatraz. The club was a social venue for the Federal Penitentiary workers and their families on the island to unwind after a hard week’s work dealing with America’s most hardened criminals. It was burned down by a fire of disputed origins during the Occupation of Alcatraz in 1970, leaving a shell which still remains.¬†The club had a small bar, library, large dining and dance floor, billiards table, ping pong table and a two-lane bowling alley, and was the centre of social life on the island for the employees of the penitentiary.)

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Great Grandmother Urges Careful Living

Tillet,Estelle - willMy “Family Friday’s” post is about my 2nd great grandmother. ¬†She must have been one interesting woman! ¬†Her advice in her will was so profound it was worthy of a newspaper article. ¬†She was a relatively wealthy woman for the time (she died in 1904) and recommended to her “dear children to gauge always their expenditures by their income so as never to cause losses to others or bring upon themselves suffering.” ¬†She boldly entreated a son to “forsake the use of intoxicating drinks and live a sober and industrious life.” ¬†When I came across this article in¬†The San Francisco Call paper, dated May 22, 1904, I loved it! ¬†What a great advice from a fantastic woman!