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Family Tree Gal
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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, July 11, 2011

Memory Lane Monday: Summer

I’m using the ’52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History’ series authored by Amy Coffin as an aid in starting my personal history throughout the year.  See the entire challenge on my article I want to leave my OWN story in my own words so my posterity will be able to know me a little better. Perhaps you’d like to do the same.

Here is the beginning of my memories about SUMMER.

Summer in Long Beach was pleasant due to the weather and time out of school.  As a child, I would play with my friends at home or at my best friend’s house.  We had a large backyard, so baseball was a favorite outdoor game.  I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up, so we would use the 4-foot stems from a plant my dad grew, and pretend to be classroom teachers and use the stems as pointers to point to words on our pretend chalkboards. On the patio or in the house we would play with dolls.  My friend wanted to be a nurse when she grew up, so sometimes we would play “nurse”. At my best friend’s house, we would climb the back fence or play cowboys and Indians or kickball on her driveway.  She had a swing set, so sometimes we would swing.

As a teen, I liked to hang out with my girlfriends.  We would often be at each others houses or at the beach.  When I began dating, I spent a lot of time with my boyfriend.

Family vacations to see our relatives in Utah were a fun get-away and were something I could count on each summer. 

Our summers were fairly low-key, relaxing, enjoyable times.
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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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As the Phoenix Genealogy Examiner, 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.

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