16 January 2015

My Life in 4 Paragraphs

What a busy month and it is only half way through. 

On January 1st, I left with my middle daughter to drive to Florida where she will be living for a few months. She is working with horses and training her horse for cross country eventing and jumping. 

From Florida, I flew home for one day, unpacked and repacked my suitcase and flew to Salt Lake City for the Association ofProfessional Genealogists' Professional Management Conference. This conference is for professional, hoping to be professional AND serious nonprofessional genealogists. Presenters were national level and included well known names; CeCe Moore, Judy Russell, Tom Jones and more. 
In 2016, this event will be held September 22-24 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. As you know, Fort Wayne is home of the Allen County Public Library, which holds a tremendous genealogy collection

I started writing over at The In-Depth Genealogist. The first blog post about my new column, Ephemeral Heritage, appeared last week. The column, which shares ways to display your heritage, debuted today in the digital magazine, Going In-Depth

I have been home for a couple of days. Between reclaiming the house from the dust bunnies, grocery shopping and cooking, I have been catching up on personal genealogy emails. Genetic genealogy is starting to catch on and several family members and friends are testing and asking questions. How cool is that? 

Here's to a productive 2015! Research on!

Jennifer Shoer aka Scrappy Gen

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24 November 2014

5 Questions for Thanksgiving

Would you like some conversation starters for your Thanksgiving feast? After the chewing slows and before desert begins, try asking one of these 5 questions for Thanksgiving. 
  1. What is your earliest memory of Thanksgiving? Who was there? Where was it? What did you eat? 
  2. Which Thanksgiving was your favorite or most memorable and why?
  3. Did you ever celebrate Thanksgiving in an unusual way? How? 
  4. Who did the cooking for Thanksgiving when you were a kid? 
  5. Did you have any special traditions; a place you went or an activity you did?

These questions are great for learning about your family history or about your friends' lives. Telling stories brings everyone closer together. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jennifer Shoer aka Scrappy Gen

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19 November 2014

Recording it for Posterity

Video for Family HistoryPart 1

Have you thought about creating family videos? 

If you are over the age of ten, you have probably already made at least one video of yourself or your friends. Most of you have phones that record video. Let me tell you about my grandfather and his videos.

My Grandfather, known to his grandchildren as Bubba, recorded thousands of feet of video tape during his life. He recorded his children, his siblings, his nieces and nephews and of course his grandchildren. It is possible for me to view in video most big events from my childhood right through and including my wedding. Bubba taped that too.

If you listen to the later movies after Bubba bought a video camera with sound, you can hear his chuckle, or his quiet prompts for you to do something for the camera. I loved his chuckle. If we ever complained about being taped (I remember not loving it when I was a teenager.), he would remind us that we were “recording it for posterity.” At the time I didn’t know exactly what posterity was, but Bubba said it, which meant it was important.

Posterity means all future generations. How cool that Bubba recorded our lives as they unfolded for our children and our children’s children and their children. He was our family historian, creating an amazing record of the lives of his family members.

Bubba recorded his movies on film. Digital didn’t exist yet. His first sound camera was immense. Now, video cameras fit in your pocket. 

At the holidays this year, whip out your phone and try recording your family members. Ask them questions about what they are doing. If they have a special skill, ask them to perform it. Ask them how they celebrated the holidays when they were younger. If they complain, tell them you are recording it for posterity. Your children’s children will thank you.

Jennifer Shoer aka Scrappy Gen

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