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 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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Historic Journals from RootsTech 2016

If you have old letters, diaries, and family papers that have been stored for years but not transcribed, Historic Journals from RootsTech might be the site for you. And even if you aren't the one who inherited the family papers, maybe the one who did has shared it online and you'll find it here. Historic Journals is an online family history website with both free and fee offerings for finding and sharing your ancestor's journals, wills, letters, photos, and more. Historic Journals pulls data from the free family tree site, FamilySearch.org. You can upload documents and allow others the privilege of helping transcribe them. "The privilege" haha. We all know there's a reason they've been sitting in boxes for years. It's work. It takes time. And it can be tedious. The problem is, yours might be the last generation that will be able to read them and these documents often contain important leads and clarify relationships and once they're lost, those helps are gone.   …
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