Tributes & Video Biographies
Sharing Life Stories, Connecting Generations, Preserving Legacies

Geneaology



  • 50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2009

    ProGenealogists. a consortium of professional genealogists who specialize in genealogical, forensic, and family history research, just published their annula list of the 50 most popular genealogy websites for 2009 on their website. Genealogy is the #1 hobby i...

    Read more  ●  Friday, May 29th, 2009



  • Concepting and Scriptwriting Tips for Family Video Productions

    Flickr photo: Meg Part 2 of a series about capturing the joy of family events on video Last week I introduced this series about creating videos to capture the joy of family events and special occasions like weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and holiday get...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, March 11th, 2009



  • Creating a Beautiful Family Tree

    Aside from creating a family history so that future generations of your family will know who you are, one of the nicer gifts you can give your family is a graphical representation of your family tree. I recently learned about Arbor Arts, an online company th...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, April 20th, 2010



  • Dick Eastman Reviews Maureen Taylor’s New Book “The Last Muster”

    My friend Maureen Taylor, aka The Photo Detective, just published her newest book, “The Last Muster.” “A remarkable work of documentary history, The Last Muster is a collection of rare nineteenth-century photographic images—primarily dagu...

    Read more  ●  Monday, July 12th, 2010



  • Effective Interviewing Techniques for Video Histories

    Flickr Photo: Walter Grubmuller While every interviewee is unique in his or her own way, there are several things you can do in advance to help make the process go more smoothly to yield better results. There are also some proven techniques that can be appli...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, January 10th, 2008



  • Family Business

    The idea of creating a family history or genealogical tree, while a formidable task, sometimes occurs to us as quite simple. We enroll all our family members into this meaningful project. They all go through their media, (photos, old reels of film, mementos)...

    Read more  ●  Saturday, January 26th, 2008



  • Family History at Family Dinner Table

    I was reading a blog posting at the Science of Raising Happy Kids where the author, Christine Carter, Ph.D. suggested wrote, “Research shows that telling stories about your shared past creates strong and secure emotional bonds, which directly impacts h...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, April 1st, 2008



  • Finding Your Family Online

    Flickr photo:mweitkamp In the news yesterday is a story about a couple who are engaged and planning to wed soon. What makes this story really unusual is that they have the same name, Kelly Hildebrandt, and they met on Facebook. One night (female) Kelly was b...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, July 23rd, 2009



  • Friday Dec. 2, 2011 – Tonight’s Guest on GeneaBloggers Talk Radio

    I will be one of three guest speakers on tonight’s GeneaBloggers Radio – Episode 45 The title of the show is “Capturing Family Memories – All Year Round” and you can login online here to listen: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/geneablo...

    Read more  ●  Friday, December 2nd, 2011



  • Gift Options For Family Researchers Abound

    This week marks the beginning of the holiday gift-giving season. Perhaps you are wondering what you might give to a fellow family history researcher or genealogist, or maybe your family and friends are asking you for hints. Simple, practical gifts include a d...

    Read more  ●  Friday, November 23rd, 2007



  • Journey of Mankind

    The Bradshaw Foundation, in association with Stephen Oppenheimer, presents a virtual global journey of modern man over the last 160,000 years. The map will show for the first time the interaction of migration and climate over this period. We are the descendan...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, November 22nd, 2007



  • Kronomy, Another New Social Media Tool

    I have been playing around with a new online application called Kronomy (this site is no longer available). I’m not really ready to show the world my creation on there but let me tell you a bit about it. There is a concept called collective consciousne...

    Read more  ●  Saturday, August 16th, 2008



  • More News on Geni.com

    Photo courtesy: geni.com I’ve mentioned Geni.com a few times in this blog. It’s one of my favorite social networking tools that enable its users to find and stay in touch with their relatives as they capture and share their family’s histor...

    Read more  ●  Sunday, July 27th, 2008



  • More on Geni.com and My Genealogical Family Tree

    Late last year I started a family genealogy tree on Geni.com and blogged about what exactly Geni is. Recently my parents were in town visiting and my dad and I sat down for a couple of hours at Geni.com, armed with an old genealogical tree that I had roughly ...

    Read more  ●  Monday, May 5th, 2008



  • Old Letters and New History

    For a good part of my life, i had a tin cracker box filled with old letters. Most of these were letters sent to me by old boyfriends, away at college or otherwise separated from me and declaring their affections. There were also some letters from friends off...

    Read more  ●  Monday, March 24th, 2008



  • PBS “Faces of America” To Ask “Where Do You Come From?”

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr., noted scholar and biographer has a new, four-part PBS documentary to air February 10 – March 3 from 8-9 PM on your local PBS Channel. Focusing on 12 known US personalities such as Mario Batali, Dr. Oz, Meryl Streep, Yo-Yo Ma and...

    Read more  ●  Monday, January 11th, 2010



  • Post-Production and Editing Tips for Making Better Family Videos

    Flickr photo:mobilechina2007 Part 5 – Final installment in a series about capturing the joy of family events on video Last week we covered the third of four phases used in creating multimedia productions to capture the joy of family events – production a...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, April 23rd, 2009



  • Pre-Production and Planning Tips for Making Better Family Videos

    Flickr photo:Vanessa van Dyck Part 3 of a series about capturing the joy of family events on video Last week we covered the first of four phases used in creating multimedia productions to capture the joy of family events – concepting / scriptwriting. ...

    Read more  ●  Monday, March 30th, 2009



  • Production and Filming Tips for Making Better Family Videos

    Part 4 of a series about capturing the joy of family events on video Last week we covered the second of four phases used in creating multimedia productions to capture the joy of family events – pre-production and planning. This week, we will talk about pha...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, April 15th, 2009



  • Researching Your Family History – Part 1

    Tracing your roots, discovering your origins, getting to know your ancestors and learning of your cultural past is a richly rewarding experience that can benefit you and your family for many generations to come. This is especially important in today’s highl...

    Read more  ●  Saturday, November 3rd, 2007