Family Tree Gal

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, October 10, 2011

Memory Lane Monday: Teachers

An apple for the teacher!
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 TEACHERS.

My favorite teacher was my ninth grade English teacher, Mrs. Storvick (Hortense Cornelia Storvick).  At the time I thought she was quite eccentric, yet, over time, I have been able to see her great influence in my life.  She was an older woman with short, gray hair.  She was “all business”, yet seemed to really care about her students.

I learned a lot about English grammar from Mrs. Storvick.  As difficult as the daily exercises were for me at the time, I’m now a writer/journalist.  She also made sure we all knew about current events and helped us take an interest in our world.  She also helped me discover my ability to speak in front of others and use expression when I spoke.  This came from memorizing poems and reading them in front of the class.  They were hard to memorize, and it was somewhat embarrassing to get up in front of my peers and speak with
expression, but OH what joy I found in poetry.  I now write poetry and lyrics and won 1st place last year from the AZ American Mothers for my poem “My Sparrow” and 2nd place in the nation from American Mothers, Inc.

I believe all teachers can have a far-reaching influence in our lives.  Those who prepare themselves to share what they know (in a way that impacts their students for good) are among the unsung heroes of the world.
Who was YOUR favorite teacher and why?  Leave your 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. 

 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.

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.