Family History in 15 minutes a day

Summertime, and the livin' is easy . . . for the kids, lol. School's out and for us it's all about keeping the kids busy, happy, and creating great memories. This doesn't leave a lot of time for "genealogy." It's not going to be the summer of starting projects that turn into all day genealogy binges; I've counted the Saturdays till my oldest is gone, and it's too few; this summer I have a new challenge: a 15 minute limit. What can actually be accomplished in 15 minutes? Here are a few of my 15 minutes a day accomplishments: Read the MyHeritage blog about their recently released Sun Charts-needless to say I want one. Made a Sun Chart for my side of the family. (MyHeritage generates these automatically, but I gazed adoringly for at least 10 minutes.) Inspired by Sun Charts, I called a sister-in-law and got the birth information for all her children and added them into my MyHeritage tree. Called a second sister-in-law and got the missing birth information for a…
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FREE FindMyPast June 29th-July 6th!

If you have UK or Irish Ancestry this offer is for you! Starting today a full week of FREE FindMyPast genealogy record access!

FindMyPast is celebrating their release of over 10 million Irish Parish Registers with an offer of free access to over 1 billion UK, US, and Irish records including:

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Family Tree Photos

I really loved this article: Among Koreans, Giving Death Your Best Face by Rena Silverman, about the Korean tradition of having a nice portrait photograph taken as part of the normal funeral preparations we all make. My husband has very strong feelings about remembering people in their prime, especially when it comes to family tree photos.  We don't concern ourselves with community family tree lineage arguments, but my husband WILL fight for control of the photos that are displayed. He feels strongly that a person should be remembered as they would likely think of themselves-in their prime. His dad passed a few years ago and he hates seeing a "grandfatherly" photo appear on the tree. We swapped it for one of his father's college photos. You go back two or three generations and you probably have no choice but to use a photo of someone in their later years-their age at the advent of good photography and the means to have nice photos taken. Not anymore. Never has a genera…
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