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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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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From June 29th to July 6th, enjoy your free week at FindMyPast and if you already have a membership, enjoy the new Irish record sets!  

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