As part of our never-ending quest to help people save their family histories, the staff here at Passing It On has come up with four easy ways you can jump start your own project during Family History Month.
No. 1 on the list is the free Family History Open House a group of us are putting on at the Public Library here in Urbandale, Iowa, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19. We’ll have personal historians, genealogists, videographers and other good folks on hand to answer your questions, show you examples of our work and give you lots of helpful goodies to take with you. There will also be drawings for family history items beginning at 3 p.m. It’s all free.
If you can’t make it to the open house, you might try No. 2: a new book by Kimberly Powell entitled “The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy.” While checking this book out, check out some of the other books on the topic that are available.
No. 3 on our list is Maureen Taylor’s webinar, “Saving Family Treasures,” on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. EDT. You must register for this event which will provide valuable information on how to store things without busting your budget.
No. 4 is Elyse Doerflinger’s cool blog post on how to organize your genealogy. Elyse is a college student whose space is very valuable so she practices what she’s preaching.
If you find yourself with a case of genealogical overload this month, I suggest you click on over to this post from Terry Thornton at Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi. Terry’s photo essay about an “unwanted guest” is sure to bring a smile to your face. (Hint: think Howdy Doody).
Photo: Thomas girls-Lorie, Annette, Vickie (Courtesy: W.B. Lehmer)