Why I'm the Keeper of the Family Pictures

 By default, I’m the keeper of family junk that nobody else wants—boxes of  Kodak Brownie snapshots from my grandparent’s 1938 driving trip to Colorado, 35 mm slides of my brother and I everywhere from Yellowstone to Cape Cod, hundreds of photos of our own child, and stacks of fading portraits from different generations....more

Finding the Ideal Setup for Genealogy Research

In the Beginning There were a lot of negatives about operating in the early years of my genealogy research hobby (or should I say 'obsession'). Although the internet was beginning to open doors for researchers, there was not much data available online, whether free or paid. This meant As a result, a good portion of my research had to be done the old fashioned way using 'snail mail', the fax machine and the telephone. ...more

What to do about Hattie?

I could really use some ideas and feedback on how to deal with my great aunt Hattie....more

Uncovering The Past: The Uncle I Never Knew

Liam recently had to do a family tree project for school and my father sent me a link to some of our family history.  I revisited the site site today intending to pull out a tale I had found quite sweet but stumbled, instead, on the story of an uncle that I never knew - a story that brought with it an image that broke my heart...  I...more

The Importance Of Writing Your Ancestor’s Stories

We are the people we are because of the influence of our ancestors. If these stories are unwritten, then how are your children going to know of their heritage? These stories could be lost simply because you failed to write their experiences down....more

Genealogy Proved The Truth - Correcting False Truths

I felt the impression to get a little personal in this entry because of my struggles with the "false truths" in my own family. There were a lot of details in my Family History that didn't quite add up....more

Where does your name come from?

Today’s BlogHer Find Your Roots prompt asks where my name came from. Am I named after someone in the family? Nope. Even though I am Japanese-Dutch, my first name is Spanish. My mom saw a movie and liked the main character’s name. Then my parents forgot everything about the movie, even the title. My namesake character must have been boring! My middle name is Japanese, though, but I think my mom just liked the sound of it, no significance....more

Genealogy: How deep are your roots

The BlogHer Find Your Roots prompt for today: Three generations ago, where were your family members living?...more