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Wednesday, June 8

A Gift That Lasts Forever - Well Almost!

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My son & I recently went on
a trip to Arkansas.

Our mission: to hand deliver a special home-made gift
to each of my siblings who live there.

Alex Haley said, 
"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, 
to know our heritage, to know who we are
& where we came from".

I got these scrapbooks for a great deal at Costco.

I've been researching my family's history for years!
This is one of my ways of keeping track of it . . .

My Hunny calls these the "Dead Sea Scrolls"!

Using the information that I've gathered,
I made a scrapbook about our ancestors 
for each of my siblings. has been an invaluable resource
for my research. 
{I only needed the US membership & it was so worth it!}

Another website I love is Find a Grave.
Here you can find photos of grave markers for your ancestors.
{This is helpful in confirming birth or death dates, marriage information, etc.}

If you don't want to purchase an
membership, Family Search has a lot of great 
information & it's FREE!

The draft cards {above} were signed by my ancestor.
I got them from

Hopefully, these books will be passed down from
generation to generation, so that those who went
before us will
be remembered.

If you've never researched your genealogy, 
I encourage you to try it. It's so fun & never boring!


  1. Those draft cards were a real find! Beautiful post!

  2. This is a real nice book to have. Maybe someday I will get the energy that it takes to do the research. Congrats to your family for this...

  3. Wow! How fortunate you are to have such great info on your ancestors! My family was Amish up until my parents so I have not picture. :( I suppose I could scrap in documentation form, without pictures. (my mom has written an autobiography about the Amish... there's a link on my blog if you're interested) ( )

    You did a fantastic job with your album & documentation! I may have to link back to your blog in the future. :)

  4. wow, I am amazed you have done so much geneology. I have always wanted to. are there any online programs you used? Like
    How do you get started?
    That may be too big of a question to answer in comments. haha

  5. MICHELLE RESPONDS: Thank you for your question. In this post I have included links to (free) & (they have a short, free trial membership) just go to one of those sights & type in what you know. You'll be amazed at what information is available! Let me know how it goes!

  6. I really should make a scrapbook like this. My family history stuff is scattered about--pictures in one place, histories in another, family trees on the computer. I should put it all together. Great scrapbook!

  7. You are SO amazing! What a treasure!

  8. Wow! This is really neat. Thanks for the great idea.

  9. This is fantastic! I've got loads of info but no photos. Beautiful job!

    1. Thank you so much Teeara! Good luck on your project.

      Warmly, Michelle


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