Climbing Family Trees: May 2011

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"

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!

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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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Donating as a Family Tradition

After 45 years, Jerry Lewis is retiring as host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Labor Day telethon. The 85-year-old comedian and Las Vegas resident issued a statement Monday through the Tucson, Ariz.-based Muscular Dystrophy Association calling it time for a “new telethon era.”

He says he’ll make his final appearance on the six-hour primetime telethon Sept. 4 by performing his song “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Lewis says he’ll continue as the association’s national chairman, a role he’s held since the early 1950s.

I remember watching him host the famous telethon on TV when I was a little girl. For some reason, I was determined to stay up all night and show him my virtual support. Of course, I'd fall asleep long before he was through dazzling audiences and earning money for the cause. He was an amazing host and will always be a beloved icon in American entertainment. He could have retired many years ago, but he seems to truly love the cause.

The MDA telethon has become an American Labor Day tradition in many homes. The entertainment extravaganza features an impressive lineup, and this year will be no different. I love that the people invited to cross his stage are not only big celebrities, but any ole regular "Joe" who wants to help and present a check.

The telethon for "Jerry's Kids" warms hearts and opens wallets, raising millions of dollars each year. The generous viewers donated almost $60 million in 2010. That's especially touching considering unemployment levels hit double digits across the nation and the tough economy hit hard on most families. Will the 2011 TV event see similar fundraising success?

When it comes to giving, Americans donate more money than any other country in the world. While we may be blamed for cold capitalism, Americans open their wallets generously every time. We want to help. Our hearts ache to make a positive difference in the world.

Muscular dystrophy is a crippling disease, which currently has no known cure. You'll be able to contribute your support with Jerry one more time by watching the broadcast on 190 "Love Network" TV stations, as well as view online streaming at

Before you donate money to any cause, be sure it is a legitimate organization. Cybercriminals put out phony emails and web sites, looking for your cash after a natural disaster. Internet Security specialist, Symantec, encourages two safeguards:

1. Do not click on suspicious email links

2. Never fill out forms that ask for your financial information, personal data or passwords

Some web sites that can help you judge which charity you want to support, check out these resources:

Creating a tradition of giving in your family can begin today!

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