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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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Colorizing B&W Photos

Hazel Filer and Gary Kuenzli copy-Comparison has a new program where you can quickly and easily colorize and download black and white photographs. Ordinarily you can only colorize 10 photos, but given the circumstances we face today they are giving all users free and unlimited access to MyHeritage In Color™. Check it out!

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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’t 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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Generational Holiday Celebrations

Will you be spending the holidays with family? Don’t miss the opportunity to ask questions and share wonderful stories. It’s great fun listening to Grandma tell stories about her life. Need some suggestions?grandma-morgan-me


  1. How did you meet your spouse? Plus early dates and wedding memories.
  2. How did your parents meet?
  3. Describe your 1st job or favorite job?
  4. Who are some of your heroes?
  5. What events impacted your life growing up?
  6. What was your childhood like?

Informational questions:

  1. Get the basics of the people they remember – full names, nicknames, maiden names, birth & death dates. (Sometimes dates are difficult, but association can be the key – i.e. Grandpa died a few years before you were born.)
  2. Where family lived.  What country their family originally came from.
  3. This is a good one… “Who is the oldest relative you remember? What do you remember about them?”
  4. History of family surname.

Use your camera or cell phone to video or voice record your conversations.  If that’s not possible be sure to take notes – you’ll forget important details.  These are just a few starter questions, Google “family history interview questions” for other ideas.  Happy holidays!

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Family Recipe Books

Now that the kids are back in school… are you looking for a fustevenson-cookbookn project? Maybe a Christmas gift for the family? Years ago I made a cookbook for my extended family. We were able to save some precious recipes of my grandmothers before she passed and they were lost forever, plus it was a great Christmas gift. Below are some pointers:

  1. Encourage family members to send you recipes.  Sometimes it’s fun to take a photo of a recipe card and preserve the recipe in your relative’s writing. Maybe your kids want to draw something (remember the days of elementary school essays – “how to cook a turkey” – and your kids’ wonderfully creative responses?)
  2. Encourage participation from everyone, even non-cookers. My dad wrote a fun “recipe” on how to cook a microwave dinner for ours!  Great laughs!
  3. Compile recipes and photographs in a wordprocessing program or you can even publish it on an internet program like Shutterfly,, or one of the many other programs online.
  4. Add an introduction, photographs and other personal notes. Be sure to back up your program to save it forever – it will become a treasure.
  5. Make extra copies when you publish your cookbook – they’ll be in demand in years to come.
My favorite family recipe 🙂
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Creating a genealogy book for a friend

Sellmeyer book page

I just finished doing a large project for a friend.  She wanted to surprise her husband with a book about his family’s genealogy.  It was such fun!  I really appreciated her giving me the opportunity to do it.  The book turned out really nice.  Her family was pleased.  She wSellmeyer book page 2as so very excited to learn more about her husband’s family.  It’s a special thing to learn about where you came from and it’s a great feeling to help that happen.  Thanks Jeannine!