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Obsess Much? I Think I Do!

Back to Tuesday’s Secret – my obsession with BLOGS (and Pinterest and Podcasts and Movies and Books and Family History). OK so maybe I am a bit obsessive, you have to be in this profession though don’t you?!?

Often times we think we don’t have enough time in the day to get things done or do anything for ourselves. Believe me, I was there once too. Most of my “reading” back then, was done via audio books in my car on my commute to and from work. But now that my family is grown and I am not the Choir, Soccer, Youth Leader, Sleep Over and fund raising mom anymore, I have found a bit of time to reevaluate what is important to me now at this point in my life. This is part of my regular every day – work day! Awesome right? Well, I think so.

Please don’t picture me eating bon-bons and sitting on the couch with my IPad reading blog after blog, it doesn’t happen that way at all! I have a few favorites that I review when there are updates – thank goodness for RSS subscriptions – and others that I check for news and happenings in the genealogical and regular world too. This is my relaxation before bedtime moment. At the end of the day is when I get all caught up – on a perfect day that is!

So I thought I would share some of the Blogs and Podcasts that I read and listen to. These can help you and me both along our genealogical journey as well as entertain us at times too. (This is NOT an exclusive list, NOT even close!) and please note, occasionally I may introduce you to something or someone that is not necessarily involved in the industry.

Have a look, next week I will be sharing educational websites and blogs so you can learn about specific techniques or software that can help you along your journey.

Remember……all it takes is just One Leaf

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A little Confession

Something secret you may not know about me………I am completely and utterly ADDICTED to Blogs and Podcasts! (More on that later)
One of my favorites I love to read happens to be a Genealogy Blog called “No Story Too Small” by Certified Genealogist, Amy Johnson Crow

Let me share why I love this blog; about this time a year ago Amy gave herself a challenge – to research 52 ancestors in 52 weeks! Each week she posted about her ancestors and information, stories, facts and figures about them. Just one a week on the same day each week and encouraged others to do the same. Sounds reasonable – right? I thought so, so I am joining the challenge and encouraging you to do so!


Here is the link to the 2015 Edition of the challenge

If you are a blogger, please register with her so you can link your blog and your ancestors to her site. If you are not a blogger, keep these items in your journal, or share them with a cousin, or a newsletter to the family. There are all kinds of ways to do this. The rules are easy – just do it! Throughout the year, we will share and accomplish this all together!

I can’t wait to see what you find out about your family!

Remember – it all starts with just One Leaf

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New Beginning

HELLO and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!
It is a new year, which means new starts and new goals. What will your goals be this year? Will you BEGIN your family history? Will you SOLVE a brick wall problem? Will you PLAN a family reunion? Will you LEARN a new technique for research? What about SCANNING and PRESERVING all your documents and pictures?

Before you begin – or if you already have – set out your goals, make them attainable and do not hesitate to reach out for assistance wherever that may be. A community group, a local Family History Center, your friendly Professional Genealogist, or even the internet. There are so many blogs and resources out there to be had to answer everything from the simplest questions to the most challenging ones!

I for one have four major items on my goal list this year. They say if you share them with someone it makes you accountable, so I am sharing them with all of you. Hope you don’t mind too much.

  1. Digitize and back up the boxes of pictures and documents I own and have inherited
  2. Solve the American Indian dilemma on my mom’s side of the family tree
  3. Become advanced in my knowledge of the DNA testing and research
  4. Complete the “52 ancestors in 52 weeks Challenge” (more on that tomorrow)

What are your goals? I would love to hear them, maybe I have sparked something in you. Let’s do this together.

There is a lot happening in the genealogical world with company merging, access to new documents and records digitally, families being connected through DNA testing all over the world and much more! I hope you will stick around and share these stories with me as I will be sharing all the new stuff with you.

Just remember: One Leaf at a time!

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