Wordless Wednesday: Water Wagon? Possibly Clinton, Missouri

Water wagon?
Possibly Clinton Missouri. I do not know anything about this photo but, I find it intriguing.

Blog Party-How will you preserve your family history research for your descendants?

The Blog Party’s theme this month is “How will you preserve your family history research for your descendants?”  If you want to share your thoughts or read about another blogger’s preservation thoughts and ideas visit https://mydescendantsancestors.com/2017/06/the-june-genealogy-blog-party-preserving-your-family-history.html.  A big thank you to Elizabeth O’Neal for hosting the Blog Party!

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Family photos in our antique frames.
Mourning jewelry, pocket watches, coffin plate
Some of these items are family mementos, others are part of our collection.

One of my children has shown an interested in maintaining our family history records and artifacts.  That child will receive a little extra when I am gone.  The maintenance required for preserving family history and family artifacts is not a cheap proposition.  Archival materials needed for the collections we enjoy may be too expensive for their household.  My home is one big display of our family history.  Our antique frame collection houses our family photographs.  Frames have been archival enhanced to keep the copies safe.  Antique furniture, another thing my husband and I collect, is used to display our family mementos and collections.

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Otis Clark and first wife Ora Sides in sitting on our Victorian bamboo picture easel.

Pictures and research are shared with relatives through blog posts, Facebook, email, and copies of digitalized photos and movies are given to family members.  I am slowly working my way through photographs and documents given to me by my parents and in-laws’.  I am extracting data and scanning them so that they may be saved for future generations. They are then entered into my RootsMagic program, given a citation and put in the corresponding family folder in the computer and the originals are saved archivally.  I am currently digitizing one of my mother-in-law’s recipe books for my sister-in-law’s, nieces, and nephews.

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Old family German bible, photos on celloid, grandma’s buttons and more

I have started printing pictures for my nieces and nephews as they marry so that they may have a little “family history” in their homes.  I print the wedding pictures of their grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents.  All the photos are identified on the back.  I take the time to sit down with the bride and groom to personally share the photographs and give them I short version of the family history.

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World War One souvenir pillow

My children have always been surrounded with pictures, artifacts, and stories.  While they were in school we talked about history.  We related what they were learning in school with our family – Civil War?  Pictures and records of our Union soldiers were brought out.  World War I, World War II – pictures and documents bring distant history to a personal level.


I think the more we share our family history and artifacts the more likely a family member or members will have the desire to maintain them.  I also make a point to share my research at family gatherings.  I enjoy researching and sharing how and where I located records.  I also share the interpretation of the information I found.  Sharing also “forces “me to write up my conclusions.  Quite often when I share my research new documents and leads come my way.

#NGS2017Gen Raleigh NGS Excitement

The Pre-NGS Conference fun begins in the morning!  I and fellow blogger J Paul Hawthorne, along with others,  will be busy learning at the Putting Skills To Work by the BCG Education Fund.  The event features Nancy A. Peters, CG, “Make Your Case: Correlating Evidence to Solve Genealogical Problems” followed by Sara Ann Scribner, CG teaching “Making Your Case: Constructing and Writing Proof Arguments”.

I am looking forward to learning some new skills and meeting new people.  While we are learning other attendees will be visiting plantations, researching at the archives, or enjoying some of the museums and historic sites Raleigh has to offer.  I hope everyone at the conference has a chance to explore outside the conference center and their hotels.   Remember to check at your hotel for a list of nearby restaurants and things to do.  I can highly recommend The Pit Authentic Barbecue at 328 W. Davie, check out the offerings here:  Menu

Packed, Ready, NGS here I come #NGS2017GEN

I am packed for the National Genealogical Conference  in Raleigh.  Yes, I am a tad early.  Luckily for me, the first part of my trip is a visit with mom and dad in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. 

That, however, accelerated my packing since I drove with one of my daughters to Kings Mountain.

My parents have been keeping me busy baking, cooking, helping out, and spending time together. We did have a nice outing to the Carl Sandburg House in Flat Rock, North Carolina.  The area is picturesque and the home has stunning views.  They also had a a bunch of newborn goats (Mrs. Sandburg was a champion goat breeder), two sets of twins, one set of triplets and two mothers ready to give birth in the goat barn.  More information on the Sandburg home can be found at https://www.nps.gov/carl/index.htm.

I wanted to share a few of my must haves for the conference with those of you who are getting ready: 

Layers – sweaters, tanks, shirts, lightweight coat (you never know). 

Walking shoes – dress for comfort not style.

Compact portable charger (external battery pack).

Belkin Mini Surge Protector.

USB’s, I have an addiction according to my family – really can you ever have too many? Just in case..

Name/address labels and or printed labels to save time at exhibitor booth.  
[I printed some that include my email contact on some Avery labels]

Business cards for networking.

Mobile hotspot – probably not necessary for all but I need it for client work.  I am spoiled having it at hand, I like “not sharing” my internet with everyone else at events.

My humidifier – My cohort Leslie Carney and I usually ask for one in our room when we are at conferences, we feel better with that extra moisture in the room.  Most hotels have them for the asking.  This time I am bringing one from home since I am traveling by car.

My list of books in my library via the Library Thing App, to prevent purchasing books already in my library.

NGS 2017 Conference App downloaded and schedule marked.  

DNA login info for all the accounts I have – for those questions I have for the various vendors.

What are you must haves for a conference?

Today is the LAST day for Pre-Registration for the National Genealogical Society Conference in Raleigh! #NGS2017GEN

This is an event you will not want to miss!  The conference has vast offerings to expand your genealogical knowledge.    Some of the tracks offered are BCG Skillbuilding, DNA, Research Planning, North Carolina, Historical Context, Working with Records, Methodology and so, so much more.

We have some wonderful speakers lined up including some of my personal favorites Judy G. Russell, Cari A. Taplin, Angela Packer McGhie, Rick Sayre, Pamela Sayre,  and Lisa Louise Cooke.  A full list of classes and speakers may be found at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/program/.

Registration fees:

Full Registration (by 27 April)         Member     $240     Non-Member     $275
One Day Registration (by 27 April) Member     $110     Non-Member     $120
Social Events registration closes 27 April 2017

You can register now online at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/.

Already registered?  Today is the last day to add to your reservation.  To add a banquet, luncheon, or “Pig Picken”, sign into http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.
After 27 April you must register in person at the Raleigh Conference Center.  Site registration opens at noon on Tuesday, 9 May 2017.

Live Streaming prices are valid until midnight, 14 May 2017 EST.  Please see options for Livestream and On-Demand Streaming Access at http://www.playbackngs.com/7770.

NGS Registration for All Ticket Events Closes 27 April 2017

Only a few more days left to pre-register for the NGS Family History Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.  On-site registration will begin at noon on 9 May 2017 at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Registration for all meals, social events, and workshops also closes on 27 April 2017. Ticket purchases will not be available on-site at the conference for meals, social events, or workshops. For conference information and to register, go to http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/. The conference program, Family History Lives Here, features more than 175 lectures from basic to advanced genealogical research, including eighteen presentations on DNA science and methodology. Finding records and effectively using them is the focus of fifty-seven lectures. Among the types of records discussed are a wide range of religious records, military and associated records, North Carolina and regional U.S. records, and African American and Native American records. Luncheons and the NGS Banquet Participating organizations sponsor several meal events during the conference. Seats are still available for some of the luncheons, the NCGS Society Host Event “Pig Pickin’”, and the NGS Banquet with guest speaker Stuart Watson, an award-winning investigative reporter, who used his investigative skills to find his birth mother. Make your reservations now at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/. Page 2 of 2 Add Items to an Existing Registration To add to your current registration, log on at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions. You do not want to miss this year’s exciting conference program! Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.