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"The ancestor of every action is a thought." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday
Apr272011

* show off your family tree with family pictures and buttons!

I'm always looking for creative ways to display family pictures without the wall being overwhelmed with frames. My good friend Rachel sent me a link to this AWESOME decorating project by Anders Nilsen and Busy Beaver Button Company. Using family pictures, all different size buttons, magnets, tacks, and nails they created a one of a kind wall display. A fresh and modern way to bring your family tree to life, see how they did it!

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Tuesday
Apr262011

* picturing the american civil war

In this year 2011, it is the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the American Civil War.

April 12, 1861. Fort Sumter, South Carolina. 150 years ago. It doesn't sound that long ago- but it feels so long ago. It's a time and way of life I don't think we can ever completely understand.

You know the saying, "seeing is believing"? There are so many amazing images of the civil war! If you can't  make it to a live reenactment, pictures have to be the next best thing! The development and use of photography throughout the 1840's, 50's, and 60's has left us with an array of images documenting this monumental time in American History.

check it- How Civil War Photography Changed the War

Civil War Trust- A mix of new and old pictures and illustrations. Images galleries are organized by battle location (Antietam, Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg).

PBS Civil War Images

Tuesday
Mar292011

* historic philadelphia cemetery needs volunteers for clean-up day

A major breakthrough in my personal family research was as simple as finding a few matching records for FREE on familysearch.org . I was able to find the burial of my wright gg grandparents, they lived in Northern Philadelphia abt 1880-1940. From these matching death records I was lead to The Knights of Pythias Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA. And now I know- this cemetery needs our help!!

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Monday
Mar282011

* i'm granting 3 wishes : i'll photograph your family's NYC past...

A few weeks ago I posted some "then and now" pictures of old school brooklyn from the NYPL digital gallery with my own pictures from 2011. I had so much fun doing this! I have been able to do this type of project with some of my family pictures and it was really amazing to see the transformations. For those of you who can't visit NYC, I want to help you connect your family pictures with their modern day counterpart. But there are only 3 wishes...the first 3 people to email me one of their original* Manhattan or Brooklyn Family picture will be granted 3 free current day pictures!

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