How to Do Family Tree Research

Learn how to do family tree research right here.  We can get you on the right track today.  Researching family history is such an adventure! Over the years, my time, study, research, and recording have varied – from day-after-day to nothing for months. I was fortunate, too, that in some branches, much of the basic work has been done and how to do family resarch books were and/or are available with the information needed to complete charts.

For me, however, family history is more than charts! Gathering and identifying old photographs, learning about professions, religions, education, lifestyles, health, habits, and so on from letters and personal interviews (via telephone, emails, or visits), are the things that bring our ancestors closer to our hearts. With that in mind, I have kept any family treasure that is offered. Cards, letters, newspaper clippings of birth and death announcements, graduation and wedding invitations, and such are each tucked in archival sleeves for safe keeping. At this time, I have over thirty notebooks of information about various branches of the family! And in boxes, more items to place in sleeves, then into these or new notebooks! Genealogy is an on-going process.

You will need 3 ring binders, acrylic pockets to store items, and a pocketful of patience and diligence.   Anybody can learn how to do family tree research – and today is your day to begin.

There are numerous resources to guide the recording of family history, and many approaches to take. Make it fun! Get to “know” your ancestors! The task is satisfying. The result is a record for your children and theirs – a gift to posterity!  Learning how to do family tree research if very rewarding and important for your children and your grandchildren.  Take some time today to review the family tree resources available.

Written by Betty DeLorme
September 18, 2011

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Death, Dying and Mary Jim

She spoke with the sad voice of experience. “Joanie, sometimes death is sweet and sometimes death is hard. Your daddy’s death was sweet.”

She was right. Mary Jim was my stepmother and when she spoke those words, it was April 1989. Funeral home personnel were wheeling Dad’s body out the front door. Dad’s death was sweet. We were all there with him. It was the way he would have wanted it. Over and over he had said, “Death is a part of life. When my time comes, I want you to let me go.” He was right.

Last week we all attended Mary Jim’s funeral. And I thought of her words on the night Dad died. One of Mary Jim’s grandchildren said, “She’s been waiting for this a long time.” And indeed she had. She had been in a nursing home for years, and had not really recognized any of us for a long time. I am sure for Mary Jim, death was sweet.

And of course, as with any death, I was reminded of other losses — and I remembered so well another day in 1988 when we buried our brother. Shocked, dazed zombies – we stood around Mary Jim and Dad’s house, the church and the cemetery. The preacher’s wise and honest prayer began, “Lord we don’t want to be here, but we are here.” Those days were the hardest of my entire life. Mel had chosen to take his own life at the age of 36. And we are all still reeling from that day, I think. I remember thinking we just had to keep breathing. And somehow we did.

So Mary Jim was right. Sometimes death is sweet and sometimes death is hard. I am thankful for her wisdom to comfort me.

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Grandma Journal – Kids Say the Cutest Things!

A grandma journal is fun to do and journaling for the grandchildren is one of the most important tasks of a grandparent. Making a journal of the grandchildren’s cute sayings is a fun project. Of course, since my husband is legally blind, we do this a little differently. Continue reading

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Best Fourth of July Dog Outfits for Patriotic Dogs

fourth of july outfits for dogsFourth of July dog outfits are high on our priority list this year – My husband and his new guide dog graduated from Southeastern Guide Dogs in January.  Every new holiday is a little extra fun with our new family member.

Patriotic Costumes for Large Dogs

Happy is a large black labrador retriever.   We want Hap to be comfortable to watch the neighborhood July 4th parade, but we also want him to be dressed appropriately.   In the large selection of  Fourth of July dog outfits for big dogs, these are our final choices. I think the big fancy dog collar will be coolest.

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Fourth of July Dog Outfits for Smaller Dogs

Of course, some of you have smaller and medium dogs to dress up for the July 4th celebrations. We picked a few favorites for your perusal, too. Often the little dogs will tolerate fancier costumes than the big dogs. If your pup is accustomed to wearing costumes, you can get really fancy for the fourth!

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July 4th Scarves and Collars for Dogs

Whether you are dressing your dog for a community parade or a family dinner or even a personal holiday photo shoot, simple 4th of July bandannas and bows and collars are quick and fun way to costume your dog. Patriotic dog costumes make the July 4th holiday even more fun!

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Easy and Fun Christmas Decorations – Especially for Seniors

easy and fun Christmas decorationsEasy and fun Christmas decorations are not a new idea. Senior women have been looking for ways to decorate simply since the day they turned 60.  And this has been happening for generations.  We want to participate in the holidays, but our energy level just is not what it used to be.  And the grandchildren are coming! Continue reading

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Spooky Halloween Spider Webs Decorations

halloween spider webs decorationsHalloween spider webs decorations are fun and versatile.  You can have spider webs just about anywhere in your house.   Hang spider webs on your walls, in the corners, or even from the ceiling.   Of course, empty spider webs are boring.  I found some giant black spiders that are perfect for your Halloween decor. Continue reading

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Best Music for Thanksgiving Day Fun With The Family

The best music for Thanksgiving Day includes songs that can be sung together. Family sing-alongs are a wonderful way to celebrate and to give thanks. What is your favorite music for Thanksgiving day? Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving song from childhood to teach to your grandchildren this year? These are a few of my favorites. I hope they bring back sweet memories for you. Continue reading

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