The Imelda Marcos of Golf Shoes

Tell the story of your belongings Snap a pic and write up a story about the items you treasure. My 85 year-old uncle calls himself the "Imelda Marcos" of golf shoes. I visited him last week and tried to convince my him to move in with us, or at least move nearer to family. He said he couldn't move because he had too many "things" and he didn't know what to do with them. I realized it's not the belongings he can't part with, it's the memories. The stories need to be told. He brought out shoes and told me which brands were his favorites and which brands had fallen off in quality through the years. He told me stories about his french horns (he owns four). Stories about the art hanging on his walls. As we got talking I realized he really can't part with any of these things until he's told their story and why they matter to him. One new company, StoryBarrow.com, has an app in the works that helps you do just that. It's a simple idea and can be done in your free time. If you're n…
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#FamilyHistoryMonth

October is #FamilyHistoryMonth One quick and easy idea is to buy inexpensive, colored folders (these were 10 cents a piece during Back to School sales) and put the surnames you're working on in different colored folders. We mainly use the large storage boxes for our family history, but for the individuals we're actively researching and need handy, these folders are great! Put paternal lines in the blue spectrum folders and maternal lines in the red (alas, no pink) spectrum. Genealogy research isn't so daunting when you can find what you're looking for and pick up where you left off. Happy hunting!          
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International Save Your Photos Month!

The idea behind Family History in 15 minutes a day is we need to be consistently keeping our family history organized and this can be done in short, daily sessions. And what better time to organize the photos than International Save Your Photos month! The reason a house stays clean is because someone intentionally washes dishes, runs laundry, vacuums, etc. We don't just do it one time and *poof* it magically stays beautiful. Ditto our family history and genealogy. We're adding to our family history each day we wake up and start afresh: we take pictures, we talk to people, we journal (okay, you journal). Genealogy stops being "fun" when we're disorganized and repeat the same searches, reshuffle the same papers, look for the same photos, etc. Managing our "system" clears out time and space for useful research. Here are a few "Family History in 15 minutes a day" ideas in honor of International Save Your Photos month: Take 15 minutes a day and sit in front of your comput…
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