Sunday, June 22, 2014

My Genealogy Journey ~

The McDonald County Historical Society's first summer Research 101 workshop was yesterday. We had a great time and lots of information about researching your family history was presented. Attendees enjoyed learning about all that is involved in family history research and genealogy. 

Gayle Foster is lecturing about internet research.....

Our Society President, Raylene Lamb, talks about a variety of topics about family history research....

Dorothy Beauchamp presents research tips to the group....

Karen Jennings presented "Writing About and Documenting your Family Heirlooms" and "Writing Your Memories" in the afternoon. The workshop was a hit and a great success!  Participants left with some homework to do and prepare for July's workshop. 

Don't miss July 19th's workshop when the gals will present topics about Going Beyond Your Basic Research, Gathering Oral Histories, and Cemetery History & Research. The workshop is $20 and will be held in Pineville at the Historic Sheriff's House just south of the square, 10am to 2pm. 

Jocelyn Green's Yankee in Atlanta latest Historical Fiction

Jocelyn Green's Yankee in Atlanta is book #3 in the series Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War.  The story will steal your heart away and sweep you into the days when the war descends into Atlanta. Ms. Green's writing is beautiful and rich with characters who quickly become like family. Follow Caitlyn and Ruby into the throes of the Civil War that bring heartache and healing. 

Yankee in Atlanta  click on the title for the link...

When finally looking up from reading Yankee in Atlanta, hours had passed and I was not in Atlanta, but in my own chair at home.....

My Genealogy Journey ~

Keeper of Your Treasures:
Write Heirloom Provenances
Karen Utter Jennings

Are you the keeper of your family history “stuff”? Do you have family heirloom treasures in your possession?  Do you know stories about your treasures? Does anyone else in your family know what they are, where they came from, why you have them? 

Above an antique oil lamp given to me by my great-grandmother, Ollie Johnson Utter Brier. After researching it, I discovered much more about it. 

What if those important treasures were thrown away or sold after you passed away because your family did not realize the importance of those treasures in your family history?

Below is my father's Goosey Goosey Gander child's sterling silver fork and spoon set.

It’s important to document your heirlooms stories before a disaster happens. The women in my family passed down heirlooms and told the story behind them so that each generation knew the story behind the items. A provenance is the history of ownership of an item.

I have many special family heirlooms in my home. 

How do you start? You say that you cannot write. Yes, you can! Here’s how.

Start by taking photos of your precious family heirlooms. After you are finished, sit down with paper and pen or an inventory form (you can make one yourself) and start documenting the information about each item.

What should you write about?

Your name:

The date:

Item name:

What is it?

Describe it:

When did you acquire it?

Where did you get it?

Who gave it to you?

Who had it before that person?

If it is handmade, who made it?

Where did it come from?

Why is it important to you?

Does it have a story?
After you write the provenances and include the photographs for all of your family heirlooms, tell your family about what you are doing, then keep your documentation in a safe place.