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Free Family Genealogy Charts

Here is a great website from Cyndi’s list that may have the family chart(s) (and other genealogy forms)  that you need:

http://www.cyndislist.com/free-stuff/printable-charts-and-forms/?page=3

I have not found the chart that I am looking for yet. I have been looking for a particular type of family genealogy chart which does not seem to exist, so I will be creating one.  My family is making a unique family history book that will be mostly photographs of ancestors and descendants.  My sisters and I are right in the middle of the generations that will be depicted, and we will have a chart in the middle of the large (12″ x 18″ ??) book that opens onto both pages showing ancestors and descendants of our parents.  My Mom’s ancestors will be on one side of the book, at the top of a page, and my Dad’s ancestors on the other side of the book on the top of that page.

My best way to describe the family chart that I am looking for is an angel-shaped chart (without the head.)  It will have 6 or 7 generations of ancestors as a wing from our Mom’s family, and another from our Dad’s family.  I don’t like the fan charts, as I don’t like standing on my head to read the names and dates, so their ancestors will be shown as 2 landscape hourglass wings.

The descendants will be split on both sides of the bottom of the pages, with (my) three siblings on one page and four on the other side.  Then the grandchildren, and great grandchildren will continue as the “skirt” of the angel. (Although – looking at  it, I may have to make it a two/five split to balance, because my own individual family has the most grandchildren/ great grandchildren.)  I’m not sure if it will include the descendant’s spouses yet; but I will include the dob, dom, dod, and places of birth for the ancestors, so that I can show the countries of origin.

It will look something like this, with the spine groove of the book in the middle, open to the center of the book. (I did this on Excel.)

Angel Family Chart

There will be more generations back, even if some of the names are blank. I want to get back far enough to show the diversity of the countries that our ancestors came from- Germany, Ireland, Scotland, French, Welsh, English, and (??)

So there will be bigger “wings’ and less “skirt”, unless we take too long and need more room for descendants.  The book will be (self) published years before that, but maybe I will leave room for more descendant names to be written in later as some of the grandchildren have not yet had children that are in our (unplanned near) future.

Happy Easter to all of you, and enjoy celebrating your families on this holiday, and everyday.

 

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“Chief Memory Officer” is preserving these memories forever!

1-25-2016 article from Thomas MacEntee, Genabloggers:

Thomas

My biggest worry as my family’s “Chief Memory Officer” is preserving these memories forever!
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Do you have a favorite aunt or uncle that you remember from your childhood? Is it the sound of their voice, the way they laughed or told a joke, or perhaps how they dressed that recall most? Can you put your finger on what makes their influence in your life memorable?

What about your own chance to be remembered? Besides the “what” that will be remembered about you by friends and family, have you considered the challenge of “how” you will be remembered?

Documenting Our Own Legacies

As a genealogist and family historian, I often observe this situation: we have mad skills when it comes to documenting the lives of our parents, grandparents and other ancestors. However, we often get so wrapped up in “the hunt” that we do not dedicate time to preserving our own memories and important aspects of our lives.

So do we just leave that for our descendants to do? With the current concern about privacy and information, what will be available to those researching our lives? So if you aren’t going to take the reins and control what is remembered about you, be prepared to have your life story written by someone else.

Social Media, Smart Phones and The Baby Boomer

And can we talk about the abundance of tools available for preserving our own memories? As a Baby Boomer, I grew up with what I thought was great technology, but I’m blown away by everything that is now available at my fingertips. Here is my typical week in terms of social media and smart phone usage when it comes to documenting my life:
• Lots of time spent on Facebook discussing growing up in New York during the 1960s and 1970s. I love nostalgia (like most Baby Boomers) and just the other day my friends and I discussed television shows like Batman, Laugh-In and the Sonny and Cher show!

• I take tons of photos and not just at family events! If I’m attending a genealogy conference, I document my work life. I even take photos of torture devices (aka the elliptical trainer) at my gym as I struggle to stay in shape. My iPhone is always filled with photos that I’m offloading to a cloud site or my computer.

Pinterest is an obsession as well (my family says I need a “Pintervention”) since it is fun to gather similar items and post them to my boards. I’ve created ancestor timelines on Pinterest and also boards filled with old family photos. Plus, I often get inspiration from other pins on Pinterest!
All this content producing and gathering and guess what? It is all over the place! Sort of like “virtual clutter.” If anyone asked me to find a specific photo or a message I’ve posted, I wouldn’t know where to start . . .

Beware the Digital Dark Ages

Besides locating your “memory markers” as I call them, is the issue of “data loss” on your radar as the Chief Memory Officer for your family? What happens if a website you are using to store items such as photos, videos and more just shuts down? It happens more often than you think!

As a tech expert in the genealogy field, I always urge users to embrace these important practices when it comes to uploading and using personal content:
• Always read the Terms of Service: Ideally you would do this before you create a login, but definitely before you upload any data. The “TOS” will govern not just what the site can do with your data, but also what you can do with your own uploaded data.

• Have a Data Exit Strategy: Remember when MyCanvas or MyFamily by Ancestry.com shut down? Many users scrambled to offload their data before the announced shut down date . . . only to find out that the export function didn’t include one data type or another. ALWAYS do a dry run by exporting all your data and look at the end result. Can you use it? What format is used for the export?

• Futureproof Your Technology: Don’t fall behind on updates and migrating to new data types. All it takes is for a few sites to stop supporting a file format and then POOF! . . . you are at the mercy of third-party vendors who will charge a pretty penny to convert your data.
Why Forever.com Works for Me

One crucial part of my current formula for memory preservation is missing: I’m not ensuring that all these items are safe and secure in one convenient place and forever. Not just for me to access, but to share with my family and to make certain that these memory items “live on” after me. That’s where Forever.com comes to the rescue!

I recently discovered Forever.com which offers one home for all my memories, my stories and special moments. The process is easy and I can make sure that everything that’s important to me gets stored safely and securely.

And remember what I said about “forever” and how some cloud storage sites just disappear? Forever.com is the only site I’ve found that is committed to “permanence” which means forever. Period. Here is what I mean, with a quote taken from the Forever.com website:

Forever has the patent pending Forever Guarantee, a contractual commitment to each and every permanent Forever Storage customer that we will preserve their content for their lifetime plus 100 years, with a goal of many generations beyond.

What a great idea! It is right there in the Terms of Service for Forever.com:

“4.1 FOREVER Guarantee. Forever guarantees that Content will be preserved and accessible (using then current formats and supported devices based on FOREVER’s best judgment and assessment of future technology) in your FOREVER Guaranteed Permanent Account for the lifetime of the Guaranteed Member and 100 years thereafter (‘Guaranteed Period’).”

Forever.com has set up an “investment plan” whereby a portion of your purchase price is set aside to ensure that your content on Forever.com is protected for generations. This “FOREVER Guarantee Fund” is separate from the day-to-day operating activities of Forever.com.

In my popular lecture and book After You’re Gone: Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research, I discuss working with an estate planning advisor to make sure that your genealogy research, photos, documents and more are adequately protected and distributed according to your wishes. Guess what? Forever.com has that covered in its Terms of Service:

“4.3 Preservation and Control of Guaranteed Permanent Accounts
FOREVER enables you to determine how your Guaranteed Permanent Account and Content is preserved and managed after your death.

You may designate a sequence of people to act as Account Managers for your Guaranteed Permanent Account. You grant an Account Manager full or partial control over your Guaranteed Permanent Account and Content.

FOREVER will preserve your Guaranteed Permanent Account and Content after your death in accordance with your Account settings.”
You won’t find these features with any of the cloud storage sites you are currently using. Not Dropbox. Not Amazon. Not Google.

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Take a close look at the photo at the top of this article. It is me in March 1963, aged 3 months being held by my mother who recently passed away. It is probably the most precious item I have in my possession right now. I have the original photo, I’ve preserved it in archival safe materials, and I’ve created a high-resolution scan. And now, I need to make sure it lives on forever with Forever.com.

If I don’t do this, who will?
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Sample Tips from “How to Archive Family Photos”

How to Archive Family Photos

A Step-by-Step Guide to Organize and Share Your Photos Digitally

By Denise May Levenick

Anyone who’s held an estate sale will tell you that it’s much easier to pull a box of printed photos out of a trash bin than to retrieve a deleted folder from a computer hard drive. Don’t wait until it’s too late to save your family photos! My book How to Archive Family Photos will show you step by step how to create your own photo library for easy photo backup and retrieval.
Denise May Levenick, Author, How to Archive Family Photos

You’ll love this book if…

  • You’re overwhelmed by managing all your digital photos from your smartphone, camera and tablet, plus scanned genealogy images and documents
  • You want a storage system that lets you find photos fast and manage pictures across your devices
  • You’re looking for ideas to share and enjoy your family photos

You’ve captured countless cherished family photos of babies’ first steps, graduations, weddings, holidays, vacations, and priceless everyday moments on your smartphone or digital camera. Perhaps you’ve inherited a collection of heirloom family photographs, too. But now what?

How to Archive Family Photos is a practical how-to guide for organizing your growing digital photo collection, digitizing and preserving heirloom family photos, and sharing your treasured photos.

In this book, you’ll find:

  • Simple strategies to get photos your out of a smartphone or camera and into a safe storage space
  • Easy methods to organize your digital photos
  • Concrete guidance for file-naming, tagging, and backing up your images
  • Achievable steps to digitize and preserve heirloom family photos
  • Step-by-step workflows illustrating common photo organizing and digitizing scenarios
  • Checklists for setting up your own photo organization system
  • 25 photo projects to preserve, share, and enjoy your family photos

Whether you have boxes full of tintypes and black-and-white photographs, an ever-growing collection of digital photos, or a combination of the two, How to Archive Family Photos will help you rescue your images from the depths of hard drives and memory cards (or from the backs of closets) so that you can organize and preserve your photo family photo collection for future generations.

Sample Tips from How to Archive Family Photos

1. Create a photo filing system. When you’re ready to start managing your photo collection in an organized work flow, start small with your new photos and work forward. Pick an easy-to-remember day such as your birthday, anniversary or a holiday as your “Digital Photo Birthday.” Decide that, from your Digital Photo Birthday forward, all images will be managed with your new system. Gradually, as you have time, move old photos into your new system. Don’t try to do it all at once. It will be overwhelming and you’ll lose the opportunity to refine your work flow while working with a smaller, more manageable number of photos.

2. Digitize oversized photos. It’s hard to fit a large antique print on the standard-size glass bed of a scanner. That’s when I bring out my digital camera, set the resolution to maximum megapixels, turn off the flash, and snap multiple photos from different angles. When paired with a tripod and automatic shutter release, a digital camera can become a do-it-yourself copy station that speeds up digitizing scrapbooks, photo albums, and oversize photographs.

3. Plan photo projects. A project board helps to organize your ideas and remind you of specific features offered by different services. A project board is also useful if you are planning ahead and need more photos for a project. When you’ve completed the project, the project board sheet can help you remember what online service you used and how much you paid if you want to order more copies. Scan and save the sheets to your computer or file the hard copies for later reference.