Climbing Family Trees

Climbing Family Trees

More great stories, poems, and helpful hints about genealogy and searching for your family's roots from the twin authors of "Climbing Family Trees: Whispers In The Leaves"

Monday, April 20, 2015

Ben Affleck wants to hide his ancestors

                                  AFFLECK: HIDE MY SLAVE-OWNER ANCESTOR




Actor Ben Affleck put the PBS documentary series “Finding Your Roots” in a tough spot when he begged for the show not to reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, emails published b Wikileaks reveal. Affleck had asked the Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, the host of the show, to censor the information. 

“Here’s my dilemma: confidentially, for the first time, one of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors–the fact that he owned slaves. Now, four or five of our guests this season descend from slave owners, including Ken Burns. 

We’ve never had anyone ever try to censor or edit what we found. He’s a megastar. What do we do?” Gates wrote in an email to Sony chief executive Michael Lynton on July 22, 2014. PBS did not end up including the segment, however Gates said the reason was they found a more interesting ancestor, not censorship. PBS says it was unaware of the discussions between Gates and Sony

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tips to improve your relationships

Participating in the blog tour of my newest book, is the following book review posted by Shauna Wheelwright!   Thanks Shauna!

A review copy was provided

BASE HITS AND HOME RUN
RELATIONSHIPS
by Trina Boice

What Women Wish Guys Knew

Love is like baseball, so hit a home run in your relationship! With Trina Boice's advice, any man can learn how to step up to the plate. Learn tips, stats, and skills to make a powerful and lasting romance whether you're in the “minor leagues” of dating or the “major leagues” of married life.

Learn to:

Translate women’s thoughts into a sports language men can actually understand

Track your dating stats and plan strategies to up your game

Avoid foul balls, bad calls, and getting stuck in a pickle

Support each other with the occasional bunt or sacrifice fly

Cover all your bases—even when you’ve got kids on your team

With the right tools, you and your sweetheart can pitch a perfect game together every time you play. This is the perfect playbook for rookies and hall-of-famers alike.

My Review
Trina Boice is AMAZING and this book is INCREDIBLE!
LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. IT!

Just look at some of the VERY FUN chapters in this book:

* Batter UP! The Game
* The Playbook: The Rules of Romance and Love Language
* Heavy Hitter: Be. A. Man
* Eyes on the Ball: Flirting Your Way to a First Date
* The Uniform: How to Look like a Knight in Shining Armor
* Sports Medicine: Win Over Her Heart and Funny Bone
* Catcher: Courting and Date Ideas
* Peanuts and Cracker Jacks: Kindness in a Nutshell
* AND MORE

Her advice is SO. RIGHT. ON!

I absolutely LOVE the baseball theme. Want to get to know a girl? Learn her stats: favorite color, dessert, flower, etc.

And the end-of-chapter assignments are PHENOMENAL! Even the shyest of guys can accomplish the First Base assignment.

I LOVE that Trina doesn't just talk about these things...her son went out and "field-tested creative dating tips and has learned some really interesting things that he shares in each chapter." Cooper became the coach for the team (those reading this book.) I really appreciated his insight, for as he said "women talk about what they want, and guys talk about what women actually want."

DO NOT MISS OUT ON THIS ONE!
EVERYONE should read this book!
Put your relationship first and foremost...grab a copy today!

First Base assignment: ADD TO GOODREADS
Home Run assignment: PURCHASE A COPY HERE

Excerpt
In the words of legendary sports announcer Harry Caray, "Hello everybody! It's a bee-yooo-tiful day for baseball!" You've bought this book and stepped up to the plate. That tells me you're really serious about improving your relationship with the woman in your life. Either that or she bought this book for you, and now you have to read it because you know she's going to ask you what you learned. Don't worry; it's not going to be that bad. After all, it's partly about baseball, and you love baseball! Romance and baseball are not all that different, actually. They're both skills that you can learn and enjoy for the rest of your life.

You could read an entire book about baseball statistics, but that wouldn't make you a better player out on the field, would it? You have to get out and practice! This book is designed to be read in small sections and put into practice. Read a little bit, and then try an idea or two to see what works for you and your sweetheart. I guarantee you're going to have a ball! (Terrible baseball puns will be included throughout this book in order to keep your eyes rolling and awake.)

Let me first state the obvious that women are different from men. And that's a good thing! A lot of men have a hard time trying to figure out what women want and how they think. It's not that difficult if you learn their language and appreciate the differences. To make it easier, we're going to use terms you might feel comfortable with: the language of baseball.

This book is written for both men who are still in the "minor league" (dating) and men who have been drafted into the "major league" (marriage). Getting a girl and keeping her are not all that different. Maybe you've been playing too much baseball and still don't have a woman in your life. This book can help you with that too! This book will help you find a quality woman you can marry and be with for eternity.

This book was conceived one day after my husband and I were discussing our relationship early in our marriage. He's going to get a lot of credit in this book for some of the really great things he does in our marriage. When I need to use him as an example of whatnot to do, I'll just tell you, "I have a friend whose husband..." so you'll never know if it's him or really a friend of mine. Hey, I don't want to get in trouble with my husband and end up sitting on the bench.

My husband, Tom, is really creative and has come up with some incredible gifts over the years. Early in our marriage, he really came through on big events such as anniversaries and birthdays, but then there were disappointing and somewhat alarming long dry spells with nothing. No flowers. No romance. Nada. Our conversations occurred during one of those dry spells and basically consisted of my pitiful complaints that I was feeling unloved and unappreciated. I suggested that maybe he could replace the few big efforts with more frequent, smaller ones. He thought about that for a few minutes and said, "Oh, it's just like baseball. Home runs are exciting but don't happen that often. It's the small, consistent base hits that win the game." In a baseball peanut shell, that's it!

*****

Each chapter will contain some ideas you can put into practice to improve your current relationship or help you figure out how to get one! Even the greatest guy and the best relationship can use some tweaking every now and then. The first-base challenges are to help you ease into The Game. Go for second or third base to up your game. When you're ready to really knock it out of the park, try the home-run assignments.

Now, I'm not talking about rounding the bases in the traditional sense the world talks about it. I'm referring to bases as increasing efforts and bigger payoffs. What I mean is that if you're a beginner in the game of romance or want to start with something easy, then begin with the first-base assignments. They're simple to do, and you'll have some success. If you really want your girl to feel loved and appreciated, go for the home-run assignments. They require more effort, but the payoff is bigger too. "Happy wife, happy life," as people say.

First Base: Set this book out on a table so your girl will see it. Yeah, your buddies will make fun of you. That's okay though; you don't want to kiss your buddies.

Second Base: Put a bookmark somewhere in the book so she'll think you're actually reading it. Be prepared for her to ask you questions about it. Let her know it is the most fantastic book ever written.

Third Base: Read the doggone book already!

Home Run: Read the book with your girl. Ask her questions. Talk about it.

To keep the fire going, you have to continue adding some fuel, right? 
So grab some popcorn, peanuts, and Cracker Jacks and let's play ball.

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

This is a section that will be at the end of each chapter just for the ladies. Girls, you're not off the hook here. You have work to do too. A happy, healthy relationship includes two people.

About the Author
Trina Boice grew up in California, but currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. She worked as a Legislative Assistant for a Congressman in Washington D.C., and was given the “Points of Light” Award and Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her domestic and international community service. She wrote a column called “The Boice Box” for a newspaper in Georgia, where she lived for 15 years. She taught Spanish at a private high school and ran an appraisal business with her husband for 20 years. She currently writes for several web sites and is the Entertainment News Editor for Bella Online. Trina was selected by KPBS in San Diego to be a political correspondent during the last presidential election.

Learn more at: www.TrinaBoice.com

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

More great books by Trina Boice

I love doing genealogy and writing about movies, but I thought you might like to see some of my more recent published books! My next one hits stores next month!

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Get readers to your site by participating in this fun blog tour



Pick a date you would like to post a review for my newest book and I'll send my readers to YOUR blog!

I'm super excited about this fun relationship book I wrote with my son.  It uses baseball terminology to help guys understand how women think.  Perfect for single guys looking for Mrs. Right, as well as married guys hoping to score points with their sweetheart.

To sign up for the blog tour, simply reply to this post or contact me at Fans of Author Trina Boice on Facebook!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Enjoy Valentine's Day with a FREE Gift of Love

Just in time for Valentine's Day...my Gift of Love eBook version is FREE today through Friday!  http://www.amazon.com/Gift-Love-Trina-Boice-ebook/dp/B00IDAY3IO/


Thank you for reading this blog! Have a LOVEly Valentine's Day!

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Monday, February 06, 2012

Guide to Irish Genealogy

One of these days I'm going to get over to Ireland as an excuse to travel and do my genealogy!  Many Americans have some ancestry that leads them to the beautiful green island.  We wear our Irish heritage with pride on St. Patrick's Day, but we often have trouble doing the research to discover our roots!

I found a terrific online genealogy resource kit for tracing your ancestry in Ireland!   You can check out their genealogy pack when you
 Click Here!


If you purchase this pack from them, you will learn about the following:
  • What you will need to begin your search.
  • Information on how to research your roots
  • History of Irish Genealogy Data
  • Details of records available on the Internet
  • Details of records available offline and how and where to locate this historical data.
  • Tools that will simplify your search for your ancestors, such as pedigree charts and family tree templates and other useful research tools.
The document outlines the different resources at your disposal to allow you to access Irish genealogy records for tracing your Irish Family Tree. It is structured in a step by step manner whereby the most readily available resources (i.e. those on the internet) are outlined first. This makes the process more user friendly, whereby if you find information about your ancestors early in your search, it makes subsequent searches of offline resources in Ireland and Worldwide much more straightforward.

May the luck of the Irish be with you!  To get access to all of these great Irish records,  Click Here!

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Step By Step Guide




I recently discovered this terrific book!
It's called "The Step-By-Step Genealogy Guide" with family tree charts, research forms, and instructions.  He covers all the basics and compares a lot of other products out there to help make your family history sleuthing easier.

He offers a 100% money-back guarantee, which you don't often find in books!   You can even download it quickly and start reading it today.

Check it out!  
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Some of the material covered is:
Chapter 1: Getting Started


(Learn Exactly How to Get Things Started)

•Short Introduction

•Paperwork in Order

•Family Interviews

•Initial Databases

•Government Sources

•Leaning on Others

•References/ Action items


Chapter 2: How to Complete a Family Tree Chart

(Learn The Mechanics and What All The Sections Mean)

•Mastering the Six-Generation Family Tree Chart

•Step-by-Step: Generations One Through Three

•Step-by-Step: Generations Four Through Six

•Seven Generations and Beyond


Chapter 3: Searching Cemeteries

(Where to Find Free Cemetery Search Websites)

•How to Start

•Cemeteries Online

•Visiting a Cemetery

•Cleaning a Headstone

•References/ Action items

Chapter 4: Searching Public Records

(The Best Free Accurate Public Record Sources)
•Legal Names & Birth Dates

•Office of Vital Records

•Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs

•The U.S. Census

•Local Courthouses

•Other Public Record Sources

•References/ Action items

Chapter 5: Genealogy Reunion

(How To Best Approach Your Living Relatives)

•Reunion Committee

•Committee Agenda

•At the Reunion

•Reunion Warning

•References/ Action items


Chapter 6: The LDS Utah Center

(EVERYTHING You Need to Know The LDS)

•The Website

•Preparing for Your Visit

•LDS Orientation

•Doing Research

•References/ Action items



Check it out!


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