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People Get Ready - the Twitter-train's a'Coming

Posted by Renee Friday, July 31, 2009 0 comments

If you’ve been hesitant to jump on the Twitter-train, the Salt Lake Family History Expo (Aug. 28-29) offers the perfect incentive to make the leap: using Twitter, you can participate in the Expo - from anywhere - in "real time."

Twitter is a service that allows users to send short messages from their cell phones or computers. Messages are limited to 140 characters in length, and are known as tweets.

Family History Expos has enlisted a capable team of family history and genealogy bloggers to cover the Salt Lake Family History Expo. In addition to posting blog entries about Expo happenings, these “Bloggers of Honor” will be using Twitter to communicate the highlights of the Expo as they happen. And bloggers won’t be the only ones tweeting. All attendees are encouraged to use Twitter to communicate about Expo activities, share photos, and link to blog posts.

Not able to attend the Expo in person? Then attend virtually! You can follow the bloggers and make comments on Twitter, all in real time. Have a question? Tweet it and you'll have an answer in moments. (
Be sure to include the all important identifying hashtag #fhx09-SLC in all your Salt Lake Expo tweets.)

Creating a Twitter account is amazingly easy. All you need is an internet connection or a mobile phone that accepts text messages. Go to the Twitter site and enter your name, a username, email and password. That’s it!

Once your Twitter account is set up, you can begin to “follow,” or subscribe, to updates from other Twitter users. Twitter makes it easy to add people that you would like to follow. Be sure to add Photoloom first!

Family History Expos "Bloggers of Honor". Click names to follow on Twitter

Want to learn more about Twitter? Try these helpful links:

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Family History Comes from Above the Trees

Posted by Renee Monday, July 27, 2009 0 comments

The terms “family history” and “genealogy” are often used synonymously. However, if you are reading our blog, there’s a good chance you already understand that they are more like fraternal twins – alike in many ways, but with some important albeit subtle differences. Genealogy, by definition, focuses on the search and study of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors – the physical branches on the family tree, so to speak. By comparison, family history tells the story of the events of that person, family, or group. Family history is the rain and the sunshine that keep the family tree alive.

To illustrate, consider the genealogy of Lucy Fickling. Born August 1894. Parents Robert Glascow and Melinda (Rogers) Fickling. Married Wayne Hancock 1911. Nine children. Divorced 1927. Married Fredrick Roesner 1928. Died June 1982.

That’s a branch on a tree.

Now, meet my Grandma Lucy. (She's the distracted young woman on the far right. No pictures of Lucy as a child exist.)

Lucy Jane Fickling was the eighth of eleven closely-spaced children born on a central Texas sharecropping farm. Half-starved and rail thin, Lucy spent most of her childhood in the arid cotton fields, her tiny hands raw and her slight shoulders aching. Musically gifted, able to skillfully play any hymn she heard on the church piano the first time, Lucy would never even learn to read music.

Lucy left school at age eleven, barely completing the fifth grade, and at seventeen married a thirty-two year old itinerant preacher. Sixteen years later, she found herself abandoned, pregnant, and solely responsible for her seven – soon-to-be-eight – children, with no means of support and no family nearby. It was 1926 - the year my father was born.

Now, there's some sunshine and rain - and that's a tree with some life in it. Family history is all about the sunshine and the rain - because family history comes from above the trees.

There’s more to Lucy’s story, a lot more. But the point is, with one picture and six sentences, you now know more about my Grandma Lucy than many people will ever know about any of their own ancestors.

Which brings me to our Family History Challenge o' the Week - Try this: find a picture of someone in your family - old or new, alive or long departed - and write down six sentences about him or her. That's it. One picture, six sentences. (They don't even have to be long ones!) Bonus Points: Post the picture on your Family Photoloom account.

Next week: Adding Notes in Family Photoloom (or, How to record those six sentences!)

What!?! Don't have a Family Photoloom account yet? Well, why not? It's free for Pete's sake! It takes ten seconds to sign up, and you can start shoring your photos and family history with your family today!

Keep your family tree thriving - sign up for your free Family Photoloom account today!

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