Category: Appel

The song of family

"You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear." ~ Oscar Wilde Today I received something precious. My cousin Milton sent four photos I'd never seen. Have a look: From left: Bill Lawyer, Carol Sather, Rod Geier (dad), Margaret ...

Family history: Using the spoken word

Storytelling and preserving family history Considering various methods While this blog is about creating ancestor profiles using your family's heirlooms and documentation, there are myriad ways to pass along family history. Take a look at how Susan reminds us that oral storytelling should not be forgotten as a means to preserve our history.   Can ...

What’s in your attic?

RECORDING FAMILY HISTORY USING HEIRLOOMS AND OTHER COLLECTIBLES You are in the right place if you have a large collection of heirlooms, and if you look at it periodically and walk away, frustrated, and if you’re tired of the piles of unorganized documentation, and if you want to record your history for your kids but ...

Cousin corner

HI! I'M GLAD YOU'RE HERE. I created this space just for YOU. I've been thinking about creating a gathering place to connect, share, and learn our history together. I've met several of you online, and, while email is fine, it creates a multiple sharing issue. I'm hoping to switch from regular email sharing (with potentially ...

Hard-to-find information

A cousin recently sent me an obit for the sister of my great, great grandfather. The sister's name was Ida Smith Seeber; her brother, my direct ancestor, was Alfred Josiah "Si" Smith. This is exactly the type of documentation I am looking for, the type I want to share here. Here's why. Si was the ...

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