Family Tree Gal

Family Tree Gal
Family Tree Gal, Carolyn Calton welcomes YOU!

Motto

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, 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 Examiner.com 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 GeneaBloggers.com 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.






Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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Get in on the Retro Candy Discount for Halloween

(Old Time Candy Company also offers Sugar Free and Gluten Free Candy)

Keep your family history alive during the holidays. Check out this fun site for Halloween or plan ahead for upcoming gift-giving. 

Get $5 off decade candy boxes for the 4lb Halloween decade boxes at OldTimeCandy.com. use code boo2011

Old fashioned candy from the 1950s, 60s, 70s or 80s, still available after all these years!



  

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 Examiner.com 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 GeneaBloggers.com 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.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Memory Lane Monday: Trouble



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 Examiner.com articleI 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 are some of my memories about TROUBLE.

As a child, I was not inclined to trouble.  My dad and sometimes my mom would be stern with me.  Sometimes I even got a spanking.  In general, however, I did not want to disappoint my parents, and that was motivation for me to behave.

I do have ONE memory that stands out above the others, though.  I was about five and my dad had just finished painting our very large living room.  He distinctly told me not to touch the wet paint, but I did.  Right next to the doorway was MY HANDPRINT.  I had paint all over my hand, but wanted to hide it.  I don’t remember all the specifics now, but I do remember my dad was kind about it, and I was okay.  I was so mortified that I’d done such a thing that seemed so permanent, that I was very grateful to receive a kind and understanding response.
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As founder of Family Tree Quest, here’s my recommendation for keeping your personal history up-to-date.

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.


Please leave a comment and let me know YOU stopped by for a visit to my blog.


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 GeneaBloggers.com 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 Flip-pal and Amazon [dot] com.