My sister Jill once asked me, "Do you know your mother line?" She quickly recited several generations of daughter to mother. I hadn't thought about that before. I did know that my mitochondrial DNA was German. And so is my mother line.
I have pictures for six generations of mothers back. I love them all. As I celebrate Mother's Day this year, I'm thinking of those mothers. I know what it's like to be a mother. Our lives are all different, yet in this we are the same—mothers with daughters and granddaughters.
I made a video to celebrate my mother line. It's posted on YouTube here.
Do you know your mother line?
24 February 2017
|A treasured photo taken in|
Lyndon, Kansas, Feb 13, 1885 as a
Valentine. Alas, I don't know who
it could be.
I have many unidentified photos myself, some old, some new. Precious antiques or unidentified babies, they have lost their value when they are not labeled. As I scanned photos, I carefully scanned both front and back, but even then sometimes the two get separated and often the back of the photo still doesn't tell the whole story. I have tried to painstakingly add borders in Photoshop to write on, but there are other drawbacks to that. Some photos from my dad and my grandma had identification written across the front. That was a mixed blessing.
I had heard of metadata, the information about the photo that is actually saved within the electronic image, but how to enter that metadata escaped me.
That mystery was solved when I attended a Pictures and Stories class by Alison Taylor. (Recording available here.) I could enter data very easily in the Properties/Details space in Windows or I could use my Adobe Bridge program (free download) to even add metadata to a lot of photos at once. Alison's blog gives further details on Bridge which I found easy to understand and duplicate. I just followed along with her. It does take a little time, but for the first time ever, I feel that I am efficiently organizing my many images of photos and documents. Thanks so much Alison!
19 February 2017
- Inspiration from Church leaders
- Why is family history important? https://www.rootstech.org/videos/bruce-feiler; https://www.lds.org/church/news/want-emotionally-healthy-children-tell-family-stories?lang=eng
- Memories on FamilySearch.org: https://familysearch.org/photos/; FamilySearch Memories apps for both iPhone and Android phones; Family recipes: https://familysearch.org/recipes/
Journaling apps and many other great ideas for stories and fun activities: Crystal Farish & Rhonna Farrer https://www.rootstech.org/videos/crystal-rhonna
- Story IdeasAncestorClips Blog 60 second stories they really read by Kenneth R Hardman www.ancestorclips.com
- Where to look for stories http://blog.familytreemagazine.com/insider/2015/06/17/BeginnerGenealogyTipsWhereToLookForGreatAncestorStories.aspx
- How to write short
- Timelines: https://twile.com
- Family History Writing Studio and February Challenge Social
History Resources http://www.familyhistorywritingstudio.com/social-history-resources/
Articles about writing http://www.familyhistorywritingstudio.com/home/articles/
The Armchair Genealogist http://www.thearmchairgenealogist.com/
- Publishing ideas
Story Corps https://storycorps.org; Familysearch.org Memories (see above)
- Video and on-line
Photos and Stories Adobe Spark Video, Post or Page https://spark.adobe.com/
Animoto Video Maker http://amimoto.com
Audio editor http://www.audacityteam.org/
- Metadata http://picturesandstories.com/news/2017/2/13/metadata-writing-on-the-back-of-a-digital-photo; http://picturesandstories.com/news/2017/2/13/using-adobe-bridge-cc-to-enter-photo-metadata