Family Tree Gal

Family Tree Gal
Carolyn Calton welcomes YOU!


In every home, frame a family tree to help strengthen your posterity.

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I am committed to acknowledging connections throughout the generations--past, present, and future--and igniting a sense of extraordinary family purpose in individuals in THIS generation. Let me help you discover your "roots" as well as strengthen the "branches" of your family tree. If you have had painful experiences in your family line, then this is the blog for you! In fact, all of us will see that as we strengthen ourselves, we strenthen our entire FAMILY TREE through the power of our positive influence.

Monday, May 30, 2011

A Memorial Day Tribute

Happy Memorial Day.  I hope you are having a day of celebration, gratitude and fond memories.

Here's two videos to pay tribute to those who have served our country.

“For now, I’ll choose this life I live, and for now I’ll choose to take my hits ‘cuz at the end of the day, all we have is who we are.”


We honor them forever and keep alive their story, pay tribute to their lives. . .


Monday, May 9, 2011

Memory Lane Monday:My bedroom as a child

I’m using the ’52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History’ series as an aid in beginning my personal history this year.  See the entire challenge on my article at I create an article about this series each Monday.  Click subscribe (at the top) if you’d like to get my articles automatically delivered to your email inbox, or click the RSS icon to read my posts via a feed reader.  These weekly challenges are authored by Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog and hosted on the GeneaBloggers website.

Here are some of my memories about my bedroom as a child. 

My room was a place of solace for me.  When very young, I had a small room which later became converted to a den.  The walls were plaster and very light colored.  I had a bed with a printed bedspread.  What I remember most was feeling the cool plaster walls on my arm as I played with my poodle-like stuffed animal while trying to go to sleep for my mid-day nap.

When I was older (perhaps ten or so), we added on to our house.  My parent’s master bedroom became mine.  The furniture was blonde wood, which we refinished to an antique green.  I was so excited to have furniture that was in line with the stylish colors of the day, and felt fortunate to have that larger room as my own while in my teen years.  There were two twin beds, which made it easy to have a girlfriend spend the night.

I liked to put quotes and other items on my bulletin board.  The closet had fold out doors that spanned the length of the room.  Overhead was lots of storage wherein I kept games and blankets and treasured toys—no longer in use.  This brings back memories of certain clothes—my blue velvet dress, my Polyette uniform and pom poms, etc.

There was a long, narrow window above my beds with beige “drapes”.  My room was a place of peace where I could gather my thoughts and rest.  I’m grateful for a home without turmoil wherein I could feel loved, accepted and safe.
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 As founder of Family Tree Quest, I’m sometimes asked what tools I recommend for organizing and recording personal and family history.  Here are my highest recommendations.

HeritageCollector Suite- Your complete Family History Management System  (my highest recommendation)

Personal Historian Software

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” I have not received any compensation from Amy Coffin or for writing this post. I am listed on the GeneaBloggers Blog Roll because I find it to be a valuable, shared community resource. As founder of Family Tree Quest [dot] com, I am an affiliate of LifeStory Productions, Inc. and Amazon [dot] com.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner and Creative Suite-Craft Edition DVD duo launched

Couragent, Inc. launches Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner with Creative Suite - Craft Edition DVD in Celebration of National Scrapbook Day.

05.05.2011– Couragent, Inc. chose to launch its new Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner with Creative Suite-Craft Edition DVD, in celebration of National Scrapbook Day, taking place on May 7.

You may start your project by scanning your favorite memories with the Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner, then unleash your creativity with the Creative Suite Craft Edition DVD. Create, edit, enhance. Easily tackle favorite crafting projects, including desktop publishing, photo editing, slide shows, invitations, digital scrapbooks, family trees and more.

Sold separately,  Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner    
(free shipping and handling)

Creative Suite Craft Edition DVD
                            over $150.00
                            (as noted in Couragent, Inc. press release)

I love my Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner.  I plan to begin catching up on scanning my endless stacks of photos while I watch TV this summer.  My second daughter is anxious to begin digital scrapbooking to save time, space and money (in the long run).

Click here to read my Flip-Pal™ review.

Click here to go to the Flip-Pal™ site. (While there, click the shop tab on the top right of the screen.) 

After scanning, I will transfer my pictures to my Heritage Collector Suite Software where I will organize them into collections for easy retrieval and use in creating my written family history.  I can also use them for creating a variety of gifts to give.  

Technology can be wonderful.  What are your plans with your family history this upcoming summer? 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  I am an affiliate of Flip-pal mobile scanner and Life Story Productions, Inc.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What happened to Memory Lane Monday?

Well, I minimize the fact that I have lingering physical difficulties due to car accidents, but yesterday I could not ignore their effects.  Too much pain, so I finally went to bed.  I've been using Amy Coffin's prompts on Mondays, so today I simply posted the prompt at Examiner today.

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