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Family Tree Gal
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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, June 6, 2011

Memory Lane Monday: Books

I'm using the '52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History' series as an aid in beginning my own 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 feed reader. These weekly challenges are authored by Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog and hosted on the GeneaBloggers website.  This week’s challenge (at has to do with how documenting your challenges can still be a benefit in writing a personal history.

Here is the beginning of my memories about BOOKS.

The books I remember the most were the Little Golden books from my childhood.  I had one called The Happy Family and there was one about a Prairie Dog (I wish I could remember the title)  I also had a very small book about Santa Claus that I read over and over.

I loved to read until there was a reading contest in elementary school (somewhere in the 2nd to 4th grade range).  We were seeing who read the most pages per night.  One of my friends decided to lie about the number of pages read.  I didn’t want to be dishonest, so there was no way I could keep up with the number of pages she lied about.  I was so sad.  After that, reading was not fun for me.

Today, I love to read inspirational and motivational books.  I crave new ideas and information that assists me in living a happy, productive life.
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As founder of Family Tree Quest, people sometimes ask what tools I recommend for organizing and recording personal and family history.  Here are my highest recommendations.

Heritage Collector Suite- Your complete Family History Management System  (my highest recommendation)
This has everything you need to get your family history clutter into one, orderly place.  Store and retrieve photos, documents, videos, etc.  Create a PDF for a bound book.  Many bonus items such as storybook and GPS modules.

Personal Historian Software- I love it’s timelines and
personal history prompts.

 Flip-Pal™ mobile scanner Portable, easy flip-and-scan-technology.  You can even scan pictures in the frame or while they remain in their photo albums!  I sit on the sofa in comfort and scan to my hearts delight.

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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 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.