Tuesday, September 29, 2020

GenFriends: Beyond Basic Journal Writing with Valerie Elkins


GenFriends welcomes Valerie Elkins for a discussion on her new book "Beyond Basic Journal Writing". Melissa Barker,  Dan Earl, Laura Hedgecock, Shelley Murphy, Mary Kircher Roddy, and I learn how the book came to be and how it can help become more intentional in keeping a journal.

Watch as Valerie discusses how to become motivated to begin journaling your story!

The person Valerie speaks of but couldn't remember his name is Wesley Eames, founder of Trace .com. 

Links Mentioned in This Episode:

Valerie Elkins.com

Beyond Basic Journal Writing

Day One App

Contact the Panelists:

Melissa Barker -A Genealogists in the Archives
Dan Earl-Family History Guy
Laura Hedgecock-Treasure Chest of Memories
Shelley Murphey-The Family Tree Girl
Mary Kircher Roddy-MKR Genealogy
Cheri Hudson Passey-Carolina Girl Genealogy

Do you keep a journal to pass down to your posterity?

We'd love to hear tips and ideas from you!

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

This Week On My Family History Calendar


Sept. 27~

 The 144th anniversary of the death of my paternal 3rd great-grandmother. Matilda C. Martin died in Statesville, Iredell, North Carolina in 1876. She is buried in Bethesda Presbyterian Cemetery.

Matilda C. Mathis Headstone
Bethesda Presbyterian Cemetery
Statesville, NC

Sept. 29~

  My maternal Grandfather, Gilbert Ernest Roberts, Sr. died 76 years ago. He was killed in action on the island of Peleliu while serving in the Marines during WWII.  He is buried in Quaker Cemetery, Kershaw, Camden, South Carolina. 

Gilbert Ernest Roberts (1920-1944)

October 2~

Frances "Fannie" Virginia (McRady) McManus (1856-1903), my maternal great great grandmother, was born 164 years ago. She was born in Sumter County, South Carolina. She was the daughter of Thomas J. McRady (1821-1896) and Mary Jane (Brown) McRady (1821-1894).                                                                                                                                                 

Fannie McManus
Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery
Pisgah Crossroads, Sumter, South Carolina
©Cheri Hudson Passey

Who are you remembering this week?

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Celebration Sunday-Genealogy Happy Dance!


You know the dance. You know you've done it. The one every researcher does after finding something new. The one where you want to jump up and down and shout to everyone around that you found the document, contacted a cousin who has the family Bible, made a DNA connection, or found a whole new branch to your tree. The one that is met with glazed stares and eye rolls.

                                                          Celebration Sunday is a place to share your discoveries. 
This is a weekly series to enable everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. 

Share by scrolling down and adding your story to the comments section or you may also put a link to a blog post telling about what had you dancing this week.

My Happy Dance Moment for this week: 

The first of 6 classes for the All-DNA Advanced Evidence Practicum started this week! Case study received and the homework is underway.
Expecting to learn so much in this course. Lots of friends to connect with virtually too!
What had you doing the Happy Dance this week?


                                                                                              Share your discovery!
                                                                                         Let the dancing commence!

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Looking forward to reading about your Happy Dance moment!

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