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Lynn Palermo
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How many of these excuses are you using? 
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No. 1 is spot on.  There is never the perfect time.  We always tend to put certain things off with the assumption that we'll 'get to it tomorrow'.  But I always say - why wait.  There's no guarantee tomorrow will ever come.  Do it now while we still can!  Nice article. :)  -Joe
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Mark Rabideau

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For those interested in researching Prussian-German-Swiss-Alsacian Mennonites-Amish, I have re-organized the ManyRoads Amish-Mennonite libraries and added numerous new texts, as well.

http://tinyurl.com/oppuk23

Feel free to share this with anyone who might be interested.
Welcome to the ManyRoads Mennonite & Amish Help Center! If you are new to Amish-Mennonite research or just 'stumped' for additional clues and resources, hopefully this page will provide new sou...
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Devon Lee

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Writing the first drat of a family narrative can be difficult. I have endeavored to share the simple steps I've followed to make such a project come to life. How about you? Were the tips helpful? What other ideas do you have? Did you start writing your family  
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Thanks Joe. Getting started can be overwhelming. That's why I love having a simple formula to unlock the flood gates of memories. 
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When considering whether or not to build a memoir, often our visitors will tell us they don't believe they have a story that is worth remembering. So this got me wondering - why do so many people show an interest in researching family history, and yet few do very little to preserve our OWN history?

In the article below we list the top 5 excuses we received, while also offering a different way of thinking about it.  Feel free to give it a read, and be sure to comment below with your thoughts!
While ancestry research might be fun to do, documenting your OWN life story for the purposes of giving your future descendants something to discover may be the last thing on your mind. Few people take the time to preserve their memories, so we conducted a short survey to find out why.
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AmericasFootprints.com

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I've been spending a lot of time writing about my own history in my Footprint, and was intrigued when I found this article.  For me it was quite interesting since some members of my family served in the Navy. Definitely picked up some good info I plan to incorporate.  Thought I'd share it with you all well.   Certainly worth a look!  
There is a way to find out the name of ships where your relatives served in the armed forces. If you're interested in genealogy or family history read on to discover how.
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Devon Lee

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Far too often, folks say writing their family history is too hard. This post shows you just how easy it can be to expand a death date and place into a readable narrative. #howto   #genealogy   #ancestors   #writingtips
When adding names to a family tree, there are three or four facts that specifically identify an ancestor: their name, birth, marriage (if applicable) and death. Each of these facts are a great starting point for a narrative a...
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Something worth doing is worth doing the right way.  Nice article
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Amy W. Kelly

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Faye Elizabeth (Nanny) Litaker (1901-1995), 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 16, "Live Long"
Me (left) - Nanny (center) - Heather, my cousin (right). Photo taken in the living room of my grandparents' home in Concord, Cabarrus, North Carolina, circa 1975. (Photo given to me by my maternal grandmother.) The Week 16 theme of  +Amy Johnson Crow 's 52 ...
Me (left) - Nanny (center) - Heather, my cousin (right). Photo taken in the living room of my grandparents' home in Concord, Cabarrus, North Carolina, circa 1975. (Photo given to me by my maternal grandmother.) The Week 16 th...
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Amy W. Kelly

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Amanuensis Monday - Translation and Transcription of a Letter from my Maternal Grandfather's Allied-Occupied Germany Host Family
After the end of World War II, my maternal grandfather, Andrew Joseph Pampas, Jr. (1923-1995), remained abroad for a while as part of the Allied Occupation of Germany .  For this Amanuensis Monday hosted by  +Genea Bloggers , I will share a translation and ...
After the end of World War II, my maternal grandfather, Andrew Joseph Pampas, Jr. (1923-1995), remained abroad for a while as part of the Allied Occupation of Germany.  For this Amanuensis Monday hosted by +Genea Bloggers, I ...
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It's so important to transcribe old documents, even if they're written in your native language. Thanks for sharing.
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Where family historians gather to exchange ideas, news, struggles and successes in their journey to writing and publishing their family history.

Mark Rabideau

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I am pleased to announce major enhancements to the ManyRoads' Prussian/ German Genealogy Help page (site).  You may access these free tools and help aids at:

http://www.many-roads.com/manyroads-services/german-prussian-genealogy-aids/

As always, please feel free to share this with anyone who might benefit.
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Our lives are no-doubt complicated. But that doesn't mean the stories we choose to write about have to be. Check out these five simple tips that can help anyone in crafting a simple ‪#‎memoir‬ of your ‪#‎lifestory‬, especially if writing was never not your forte (like me!).
Millions of baby boomers are starting to express interest in preserving their life story. But many have trouble finding a starting point, difficulty figuring out exactly what to say, and they struggle to find the right words that effectively communicate the meaning behind their story. Here are five tips that can help!
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Mark Rabideau

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Recently revised story of my grandfather... after WW2
http://www.many-roads.com/2009/09/08/richard-senger-the-long-road/
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Thank you Devon! I do what littlIe am able...
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Lynn Palermo
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Why blogging just may be your secret weapon to writing your family history book. 
I believe in the paper book especially when it comes to leaving a lasting legacy of our family history. Don’t get me wrong, I own an e-reader, and I love technology but paper books remain for me th...
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AmericasFootprints.com

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Question for everyone - do you have any recommendations on how I can go about getting experts in family history and memoir writers to write some guests posts on our blog?  We'll be opening it up to others soon and I want to invite the 'right' people vs. a mass audience.  So any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!
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Amy W. Kelly

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Joseph Homer Tathwell, Sr. (1903-1997), 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 19, "There's a Way"
"There's a Way" is the theme for Week 19 of  +Amy Johnson Crow  and NoStoryTooSmall.com 's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.  I have an ancestor by marriage in my tree that embraced the "There's a Way" approach to creativity and built better means of doing common b...
"There's a Way" is the theme for Week 19 of +Amy Johnson Crow and NoStoryTooSmall.com's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.  I have an ancestor by marriage in my tree that embraced the "There's a Way" approach to creativity and built b...
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Thought you would all find this useful.  I'll be the first to admit that trying to put a 'structure' around one's life story for the purposes of writing about it can definitely weigh you down.  Hopefully these few tips will help!  :)
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Devon Lee

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Ancestors aren't the only folks worth writing about. Seems my post compliments +AmericasFootprints.com s post about Staring a Life Memoir and keeping things simple.   #patienceinallthings   #Memoir  
Being local royalty at Children's Miracle Network was such an honor and a joy. My husband created a monster! I'm working on yet another book! Book writing has become much like the Pringles commercial, "Once you pop, You can't...
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appreciate the mention +Devon Lee. thank you! :) -Joe
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deborah richardson

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Passports. They are the documents needed to enter and exit other countries including your own.  They are prized by thieves and forged by those who would do evil. A little history of passports can be found here.  I h...
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Amy W. Kelly

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Wordless Wednesday - Margaret Eleanor Rodrigue Pampas Hunn (1904-1985) Working at Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans
My maternal great-grandmother (right)  worked at the historic  Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA. (Photo given to me by my maternal grandmother, Margaret's daughter-in-law.) This post is part of  +Genea Bloggers ' Wordless Wednesday. ...
My maternal great-grandmother (right)  worked at the historic Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA. (Photo given to me by my maternal grandmother, Margaret's daughter-in-law.) This post is part of +Gene...
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