How to sort photos from the past 50 years when you have almost nothing to go on

How do you sort photos when you have no idea of the dates and don’t recognize the people? Here are some hints from me, a longtime photography buff and ex-commercial printer. 1,301 more words

Genealogical Research

The family picture scanning project: how I digitized 3000 images in my spare time

This is a story about a family project. You may have a similar project mouldering away on your To Do list. In this story, I’m going to talk about how and why the project got started, the steps to getting the project done, and the unexpected bonuses I found. 1,108 more words

Genealogical Research

How to Use This Blog / Website

Since I’ve had a bunch of new subscribers recently (thank you), I thought a quick overview would be useful on how to use this blog / website. 243 more words


Free through Nov. 28 - "Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly Required" by Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG

Malissa Ruffner’s excellent webinar, “Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly Required” is available online free through November 28. Don’t miss it!

Ruffner’s presentation will greatly help you “get beyond” the usual records. 59 more words


A Heartfelt Thanks!

Veterans Day will be celebrated across the nation this Saturday, November 11th. To commemorate this special occasion, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to every single Veteran and soldier who has previously or is currently serving our country. 543 more words

For Inspiration...

How I went from a blogger to a guest lecturer

How do you know this stuff? Did you learn it at school?

There are so many answers to this question, but in the beginning, I learned my stories from my family. 751 more words

Canadian History

The Ghosts in Place

I walked through my garden and then to the top of our hill. The autumn tinged world blanketed me, holding me close. And I disappeared—a ghost in place—a place that’s enveloped me for 45 years. 572 more words

Genealogical Research