Family Tree Gal

Family Tree Gal
Carolyn Calton welcomes YOU!


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

Welcome !

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, August 8, 2011

Memory Lane Monday: Dinner Time

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.   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 Dinner Time.

See the entire challenge on my article.

As a child, my mom fixed the dinners and we had dinner every night around 6 pm.  Dad had regular work hours, so this routine was useful to all of us and added stability to our routines at home.

When I was a mother of young children, my husband had varying work schedules.  I still tried to have a regular dinner time, yet I was fine with being flexible, too.  When he wasn’t home, we’d sometimes eat out with friends or bring in meals, if I was tired.

Now, my five children are grown.  Some have families of their own.  We have “Family Dinner” once a month—where all our children, their spouses and their children get together to share a meal and talk and have fun.  It is served buffet style from our counter, and we all sit down at our dining room table and eat as a family.  It has become a beautiful tradition, and is something we look forward to each month.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Leave a comment and tell us YOUR memories of dinner time.

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.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

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.

Want to write for Examiner?  To check out their wide-variety of topics Click here.

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. Flip-pal and Galison and Mudpuppy and Amazon [dot] com.