Some Fall Projects

I'm going to be radio-silent for the next few weeks because I have several pressing Fall projects outside of work and family obligations. These are probably in reverse order of importance, but here goes.  

First, the grapes are overdue to be picked and juiced. I've processed 50 quarts and have at least that many more to pick and juice. The rest of the garden, mercifully, has been harvested.

Second, my brain finally reached input-overload and I can no longer juggle and remember all my accounts and passwords, my family members' accounts and passwords, and generally feel like I'm on top of things. I'm geeking-out and making a Home Operations Manual with Phone numbers, Bills & Accounts, the Family Budget, a Home Inventory, a Food Inventory, a Family History Inventory, and a section for Operations Manuals for every task necessary to run this home. 

Third, my family is co…

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How to Use Your Public Library for Genealogy Research

  Public libraries subscribe to online research databases in behalf of their patrons. Some of these databases permit you to access them from a home computer with a current library card and password while others can only be used onsite.       Online and Onsite Genealogy Databases Some popular library databases for genealogy and family history include: Accessible Archives African American Newspapers - Historic newspapers published by African Americans African American Heritage - primary source material specifically for African American family history and genealogy African American Historical Newspapers - Historic newspapers published by or primarily concerned with communities of African Americans American Ancestors - US Census data & other genealogy record sets America's GeneaologyBank - a library version of this historic newspaper site Ancestry - US Census data & other genealogy record sets Biography Resource Cente…
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To Do List for BEFORE you Scan

If you're planning to digitize photos or family history items anytime soon, there are plenty of things you can do now to get ready for your scanning project. Here's a Scanning To Do List you can start plugging away at now to make your digital family history goals achievable. Each of these steps takes time and will simplify the final scanning phase. To Do List Before You Scan   Gather items Think about every place you may have stored photos, letters, trinkets, etc. Set aside one place where you can pile all these items. If you're going to have to clean up this area daily, you should tackle the project in smaller doses, i.e., scrapbooks only; loose photos only; trinkets only; letters only, etc.   Decide your final goal for the items Friends introduced me to Clayton Christensen's Jobs-To-Be-Done Theory which I try to apply to my family history work. What job are you trying to accomplish? What product or service should you "hire" for the job? …
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