Archive for Organize Your Legacy

Managing Memorabilia: 5 questions to ask before you start

We’ve all inherited and collected keepsakes and memorabilia. Are yours a legacy, or a liability? A blessing, or a burden? Are you afraid to open the boxes that have been languishing in your garage or storage unit? Do you feel overwhelmed by piles of your own photos, letters, kids’ artwork, and other tangible memories?

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5 ways Keepy can help organize your family history  

Keepy app logo

I am a new Keepy user, not an experienced one. I am personally child-free, but I have recommended it to organizing clients as an option for managing their kids’ paper clutter. Meanwhile, I am intrigued by the possibilities of using Keepy for genealogy purposes, and the more people who agree, the more likely it will be customized to this use.

Disclaimer: Keepy’s creator, Offir Gutelzon, gave me a free year’s unlimited account to play with, but it only costs $29.99/yr. — hardly enough to sway my opinions! 

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A Valentine for Your Family: Planning for Your Legacy

planning legacy family willIf you got hit by a bus tomorrow, what would your loved ones be left with? Happy memories, or sad ones? Clutter and uncertainty? Or clear instructions and valued keepsakes?

What will your legacy be?

 

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The Gift of an Organized Family Tree

4 Generation Pedigree Chart

My own 4-generation pedigree chart

Who wants their chart done? Family tree pedigree chart, that is?

If you think pedigrees are just for royalty and purebred dogs, think again! Genealogy makes history personal for everyone. And a family tree makes a great gift for a loved one…or for yourself!

I just finished a 4-generation pedigree chart (up to the 8 great-grandparents level) for a client. I sent her a bunch of files to print out and put into a binder, along with some family photos, using the chart as the binder cover, for her Dad’s birthday. Here’s what she and others have had to say:

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The mystery of family resemblances: Who you think you look like?

I’ve long been intrigued by family resemblances. I also love the genealogy TV show, Who Do You Think You Are?, which inspired my blog title.

I wrote this post for APPO (Association of Personal Photo Organizers), and I’m sharing it here so you can enjoy it too!

Click here to read the rest of the story and to view my family photos.

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The Downsizing Decision Matrix + Your Personal Inventory

 

Face it, everyone downsizes their worldly possessions at some point, either voluntarily or involuntarily. You either do it before you die, or after you die. And you either do it yourself, or someone else has the burden of doing it for you. Which do you choose?

Here is a tool to help you decide.


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How to organize your family tree at any budget

The genealogy research money tree.

Genealogy research can be an expensive hobby if you factor in computer programs, tools, memberships, documentation fees, research trips, books, seminars, and conferences! (Hmmm, wonder how much I’ve spent over the years? Not to mention the time invested…)

But it doesn’t have to cost a penny.

I want to help everyone who’s interested in discovering, organizing, preserving, and sharing their family histories regardless of where they live, or how much money they have. But there’s only one of me, and I need to make a living too (so I can’t work for free). In this post, I’ve listed some options for researching and organizing your documents, memorabilia, and photos, in order of affordability.

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Are your files backed up?

Back Up

Did you know that March 31 is World Back Up Day? I didn’t either, until now. But…really, shouldn’t every day be Back Up Day?

Don’t be an April Fool – Take the Pledge!

(Click to view video “What Would You Do if You Lost Everything?”)

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The Basic Genealogy Checklist

Genealogy checklistThis little book is a gem! The Basic Genealogy Checklist: 101 Tips & Tactics to Find Your Family History, by Henrietta M. Christmas and Paul F. Rhetts.

Henrietta and Paul are longtime friends (of each other). She is the President of the New Mexico Genealogical Society, and a recent acquaintance of mine; he has written over two dozen nonfiction and history books. As a longtime genealogy researcher who has started providing family history research services to others, I was curious enough about this new book to attend their signing, at Bookworks Albuquerque, and to buy a copy for myself. Just so you know, this review was my idea, not theirs.

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Top 10 Reasons Why Genealogy is for Everybody!

Genealogy research might sound hard, but it’s mostly just time consuming. And pedigree charts might sound fancy, but they’re really just family trees. Pedigrees aren’t only for royalty and purebred dogs!

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