Monday, March 30, 2020

Organize Your Thoughts with Mind Mapping Tools

Mind mapping, a brainstorming technique where visual diagrams are used to show thoughts or ideas and how they are connected, is a process commonly used in project planning and presentations.  In today's digitally-focused world, it is easier to create and share mind maps than ever before.  Here is a selection of cloud-based applications that let you and your team create and modify a mind map together. I am not an affiliate for any of these programs, just sharing some excellent productivity tools!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Colorizing Your Family Photos

The genealogy research site MyHeritage has recently added an incredible feature to enable you to (very easily) colorize your black and white photographs, which can be found here.  It is very easy to use.  It makes a copy of the black and white photograph and colorizes it in seconds, leaving the original untouched.  In addition to creating the color copy, it can save a comparison copy, so that you can share the changes easily in just one file.  Here is a pic of my Great Grandparents--love seeing them in color!

Otto and Rosa Fiene


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Genealogical Education

One of my favorite genealogical educators is Crista Cowan, known as The Barefoot Genealogist. As she rightly notes, we were all beginners once in genealogy research, so there is no need to feel bad about mistakes. I appreciate it when another researcher shares their mistakes with us, as they help save us from making them! I want to share three of her videos that have been very helpful to me. While I am not a beginner genealogist, these videos indeed were good reviews. I wish I had been able to watch these kinds of videos back when I first started!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Correcting Past Genealogical Mistakes

In addition to citation issues, basic organization can be a problem. When I first started my family history search, the Internet was still very new and fluid. Most critically, I was still very new at researching and could not often correctly evaluate the information I found. Therefore, I tended to keep everything and add people to my tree without proper documentation. One

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Genealogical Crossroads

I enjoy learning about other people's resolutions.  As it turns out, quite a few people have had the "I'll start a new blog" resolution!  Quite a few are fellow genealogists, very exciting! I hope they will share their genealogical discoveries. Indeed, the

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

A New Blog for a New Year

Like with most New Year's resolutions, this blog is beginning with the best of intentions. I intend to share my love of writing, books, history, nature, and genealogy. Unlike most other resolutions, however, I intend to keep this one! I had attempted writing projects before, such as family history stories, for my files, and even tried a blog once. Things did not work out, for one reason (i.e., excuse) or another. I spent quite a bit of time at