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Cursive as a Secret Code?

Written on June 24th 2016.

Cursive will become a secret code if young people in grade school are not taught to use it.

Last week we were working on our church archives and were looking at some of the documents dating back to the mid-19th century. One folder contained receipts for materials used in construction of the churc… read more


Don't Throw It Out

Written on May 6th 2016.

Your name may not be Vanderbilt, but your collection is important. Don’t throw it out!

Family documents and images give shape to our lives and reflect who we are: personalities, interests, values, activities and relationships. They give us a snapshot of how our forebears lived and what was impor… read more


My Stuff is Just Not Worth the Effort

Written on April 10th 2016.

The following actually was in the news recently:

"A family in the American south that wishes to remain anonymous told the Associated Press that it found seven Ty Cobb cards from the early 1900’s that belonged to a deceased grandfather and are reportedly worth $1 million collectively.

“Clearing… read more


Organized Collection, the Key to Finding Material

Written on March 24th 2016.

A well-organized family history file makes it easy to locate material from the past. If your collection is in disarray, HeirShare can show you several formats and help you arrange it making it easy to find specific items or a group of items like these Easter pictures of ours. (I am particularly fond… read more


The Old Thermos

Written on March 15th 2016.

A Superintendent I worked with one time told me he loved his Thermos. I asked what was so special about it. He replied that it kept his coffee hot in the winter and his tea cold in the summer. I said, “Sure, that’s what it’s for”. He looked at me and said, “How does it know?”

My attic has the opp… read more


Who are Those Guys?

Written on December 2nd 2015.

If you are a fan of Robert Redford and Paul Newman (and over 60 years old) you will remember that line from the movie ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’. It’s also been used often by me when looking at my parent's old pictures. Like the one here that I know relates to my grandfather’s service in t… read more

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