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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, August 1, 2011

Memory Lane Monday: Grandparents’ House

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  THIS WEEKS ARTICLE INCLUDES A HILARIOUS MEMORY OF A TOAD at Lori Wiser’s Grandparents home!  These weekly challenges are authored by Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog and hosted on the GeneaBloggers website.

Here is the beginning of my memories about my Grandparents’ House.

I loved the small farmhouse of my grandparents in Santaquin, UT.  Most of my memories of it are vague.  I value the pictures I have of me (about age five) riding on a horse in the fenced side-yard with my dad holding the reins and leading me forward.  Dad and I had smiles on our faces, and, because of pictures, this memory still lives in my heart.

Their home was a very small, two story home.  I can’t imagine raising eleven children there. I’m told my grandmother fed the hobos that would hop the train and get off in her small town.  I remember her kitchen being very small.  My Aunt Norma would tell me stories of sweeping weevils out of the flour bin.

I had an aunt (Eva) and an Aunt, Uncle and cousin that lived across the street (Blanche, Denzil and Jana Lee).  When I was really little, another Aunt lived across the street from my grandma.  I mostly remember Aunt Eva’s house because that’s where we would stay when we’d visit.  My aunt was warm and welcoming.  My grandfather had been mayor of the town, and he died when I was two.  After my grandmother broke her hip, she stayed at Eva’s.  I loved the large porch.  The weather was often cold and crisp.  A dramatic change from my home in Southern California.

I appreciate using these posts to get a start to my personal history.  I can see that they stimulate additional memories that I will work on more at a later date.  I really appreciate Amy putting these prompts together.

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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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