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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, October 24, 2011

Memory Lane Monday: Subjects in School

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 SUBJECTS IN SCHOOL.

My favorite class in Junior High and High School was English.  At the time, I didn’t think, “Oh, this is my favorite class!”  Actually, I was quite challenged while learning English Grammar.  My Junior High teacher taught me to read poetry with expression –in front of the class, no less!  I carried that love of expression into piano and singing and speaking, as well.  I still love poetry and write poems and lyrics to songs.  I have also won awards for my poetry at the State and National level through American Mothers, Inc.  Grammar came hard to me, but comes in handy now, since I’m a journalist and also write content for my Internet business Family Tree Quest.

My least favorite classes were probably Math classes.  I took French, as well, and I find learning a language is difficult for me.  (I’ve taken ASL (American Sign Language) as well, and I’m now taking a “refresher” course.)  Anything requiring a lot of memorization challenged me.

I'd like to know what your favorite and least favorite classes were.  Feel free to comment below.
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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. 

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 of the Examiner page) 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.

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 Amazon [dot] com.