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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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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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Amy W. Kelly

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Murl Sanders Litaker, Sr. (1896-1955), 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 15, "How Do You Spell That?"
My maternal great-grandfather, Murl Sanders Litaker, Sr. (1896-1955), in his World War I uniform. (Photo given to me by his daughter, my maternal grandmother.) When I saw this week's theme of "How Do You Spell That?" for  +Amy Johnson Crow  and  NoStoryTooS...
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Amy W. Kelly

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A post about my maternal 2nd great-grandmother, Molsie Jane Talbert (a.k.a., Talbirt) Litaker -  #52Ancestors   #genealogy   #familyhistory   #ancestry   #ancestors  
 
Molsie Jane Talbert Litaker - 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 14, "Favorite Photo"
Molsie Jane Talbert Litaker (1875-1933) This week's theme for  +Amy Johnson Crow  and NoStoryTooSmall.com 's  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge is "Favorite Photo." The photo above shows my 2nd maternal great-grandmother, Molsie Jane Talbert (a.k.a., Talbi...
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Amy W. Kelly

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(Mostly) Wordless Wednesday - A Four Generations Easter Photo
Easter Sunday at my maternal grandparents' home in Concord, Cabarrus, North Carolina. From left to right :  Mom, Nanny, Me (in front of my aunt), Aunt Anna, and Grandmama.  Circa 1976. Since Easter is upon us this coming weekend, I'm sharing a family Easter...
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What a treasure!
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Amy W. Kelly

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New StoryCorps App -- Your "story" could end up archived with the Library of Congress
StoryCorps has released an app.  You can read more about it here . The StoryCorps app—a free mobile application—seamlessly walks users through an interview by providing all the necessary tools for a wonderful experience. You will receive help preparing ques...
The StoryCorps app—a free mobile application—seamlessly walks users through an interview by providing all the necessary tools for a wonderful experience. You will receive help preparing questions, finding the right environment for your conversation, recording a high-quality interview on your ...
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Amy W. Kelly

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My Week 12 post for +Amy Johnson Crow's NoStoryTooSmall.com #52Ancestors  in 52 Weeks Challenge.  I followed the week's theme of "Same."   #genealogy   #familyhistory  
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Bill Barrett

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A bit of luck prior to St. Patrick's day helped when doing collateral research opening more names and finding 4great-grandparents.
The identification of a townland in Irish research is critical to determining what records exist for the area as well as using the land records from Griffith's Valuation or the Tithe Applotment. When luck enough to have stori...
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Thanks +Colete Morlock - definitely got lucky, now to try and track back to Ireland
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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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Super happy I found this community.  I'm looking forward to 'meeting' everyone!  For my first post, I thought I'd share something that has really helped.  So many of us are consumed with researching our history while paying virtually no attention to what we leave behind for the future.  And when we make the decision to leave something behind, it's never easy figuring out where to begin.  That is why I'm a firm believer in keeping things simple, especially at the beginning.  :)  -Joe
So many of us are consumed with researching our history while paying virtually no attention to what we leave behind for the future. And when we make the decision to leave something behind, it's never easy figuring out where to begin. But there is one simple thing you can do that will instantly make this daunting task much easier to tackle.
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Devon Lee

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Another installment of writing tips... this time, writing about the marriage of an ancestor you've never met. #writingtips   #familyhistory   #ancestry  
The response to my post, Writing a Simple Birth Story was wonderful. I hope you were successful as you wrote your first story about an ancestor who is not here to tell their story. Let's continue the process of expanding stor...
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Victoria Malyurek

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I'd love to see the inside!
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Amy W. Kelly

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Drumroll, please! It's the April 2015 themes for #52Ancestors  ! #genealogy   #blogging  
Spring is springing! Let's shake off the remnants of winter and get to writing about our ancestors! Here are April's optional weekly themes for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 14 (April 2-8) - Favor...
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Amy W. Kelly

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Sympathy Saturday - Margaret Ida Spain Briggs Henderson (1863-1938)
The two articles below are about the death of and funeral rites for my paternal great-great grandmother, Margaret Ida Spain Briggs Henderson . Ida, the youngest of eight children, was born to Dr. William Thomas Whitaker Briggs and Margaret Susan Spain Brigg...
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