Family Tree Gal

Family Tree Gal
Family Tree Gal, Carolyn Calton welcomes YOU!

Motto

In every home, frame a family tree to help strengthen your posterity.

Welcome !

I am committed to acknowledging connections throughout the generations--past, present, and future--and igniting a sense of extraordinary family purpose in individuals in THIS generation. Let me help you discover your "roots" as well as strengthen the "branches" of your family tree. If you have had painful experiences in your family line, then this is the blog for you! In fact, all of us will see that as we strengthen ourselves, we strenthen our entire FAMILY TREE through the power of our positive influence.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Talk About It Tuesday: A Gift of Love

Talk About It Tuesday

Talk About It Tuesday is a daily blogging theme.
Talk about specific things you are doing this week to make a positive difference in your family line or about what you are doing to meet your family history goals.  For Generational Change-makers (those who have “Joined the Quest” at www.familytreequest.com), identify yourself as a GCM and tell what you are doing to meet any one of the three goals to 1) Glean Wisdom from the Past, 2)Live Mindfully in the Present, or 3) Prepare Confidently for the Future. Consider recording this post in your journal (history-in-the-making) or personal history records

I am a GCM and I'm living mindfully in the present today.  I am feeling an abundance of GRATITUDE for the loving kindness shown me and my husband from my second daughter, son-in-law and their young children yesterday.  They came over with a surprise "gift" of their time and energy.  The Fall decorations were put away (no small task) and out came the Christmas decorations, up they went, everything unnecessary was put away, the room was vacuumed, and dinner was even cooked and served.  All that was left was Christmas Spirit and a mother's heart that could "rest" from the unyielding strain of concern about how the mountainous task of decorating the home would get done this year.  What a gift!

Sometimes it's the gifts that don't cost money that mean the most in our hearts and homes.  Are you considering any acts of love and service this holiday season?  I'd love to hear about your plans

About our daily blogging themes:  I hope you will use these themes in your own posts for blogs, Facebook, Tweets etc. as well as read them here.  Please mention the title of the theme in your own original blog posts (example:  Talk About It Tuesday: (then your title—not in parenthesis) for blogs.  For Twitter posts, here are the hashtags:  Memory Lane Monday= #memlm, Talk About It Tuesday= #taitu, Resource Wednesday= #rwed, Thankful, Think About it Thursday= #ttaith, Family Tree Friday= #famtf

Monday, November 29, 2010

Nominate Your Favorite Blog by tomorrow


 Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 30, 2010 is the deadline to nominate your favorite genealogy blogs for the 2011 Family Tree 40.  Use their easy online submission form to nominate your favorites today.


Memory Lane Monday: 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy – Challenge #48

Memory Lane Monday

Here’s your weekly genealogy challenge: catalog your personal genealogy library

View the entire description of this week’s challenge, by using my Examiner.com, Phoenix Genealogy Examiner link.  Click here.  

Remember to choose only the challenges that suit you and fit into your schedule.
These challenges are meant to be a blessing, not a burden!

Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog has put together the helpful 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy series. These prompts are hosted on the GeneaBloggers website.  You may be interested in seeing posts about the challenge from other GeneaBloggers.  Both sites have been voted among about the Family Tree Magazine’s Top 40 Genealogy Websites this year.
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Looking for FAMILY-FRIENDLY GIFT IDEAS?  Click here.


Note from Family Tree Gal, Carolyn:  Have you joined the Family Tree Quest at
www.familytreequest.com ?  I also invite you to join me on Facebook and Twitter.  Check out my Family Tree Quest Blog if you haven’t done so already.  

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation from Amy Coffin or GeneaBloggers.com for writing this post. I am listed on the GeneaBloggers Blog Roll because I find it to be a valuable, shared community resource. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Memory Lane Monday: 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy – Challenge #47

Memory Lane Monday

Here’s your weekly genealogy challenge:  Gifts

Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog has put together the helpful 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy series. These prompts are hosted on the GeneaBloggers website.  

Week 47: Make your genealogy gift list. The holidays are coming! Prepare a list of genealogy-related gifts you’d like to receive: books, magazine subscriptions, software, electronics, society memberships or anything else that might look good with a bow on it. If you’re blessed to already have everything you could possibly want, consider charitable donations and in-kind gifts to societies, libraries and preservation groups. If you have a genealogy blog, you can share your list and give gift ideas to your readers as well.

Check out the amazing gift ideas in a broad range of categories on my websiteClick here.
  
Gifts include:
Family Tree Charts
History of your family name
Coats of Arms
Candy you ate as a kid
eCards and Photo Cards (Smilebox)
              (Schedule delivery ahead of time.  Save postage)
Heritage Collector Suite- a complete family history management system
Digital Family History Guidebook – the complete “How To” book
Create a Family History-
            how to create a PDF which becomes a bound book, if you desire.
Flip Pal Mobile Scanner
Personalized Gifts
Shop Irish (for those with Irish Heritage)
Cameras (to preserve memories), scanners, ink, cartridges, flash drives,
books, DVDs, software,etc.
from Amazon and Kodak.
The Family Energizer –
            an organized approach to developing family skills and values.

So, if you’re looking for FAMILY-FRIENDLY GIFT IDEAS?  Click here.

Note from Family Tree Gal, Carolyn:  Have you joined the Family Tree Quest at
www.familytreequest.com ?  I also invite you to join me on Facebook and Twitter.  Check out my Family Tree Quest Blog if you haven’t done so already.  
 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation from Amy Coffin or GeneaBloggers.com for writing this post. I am listed on the GeneaBloggers Blog Roll because I find it to be a valuable, shared community resource. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, November 15, 2010

Memory Lane Monday: 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy – Challenge #46


Memory Lane Monday

Here’s your weekly genealogy challenge: VOLUNTEER

View the entire description of this week’s challenge, by using my Examiner.com, Phoenix Genealogy Examiner link.  Click here.  

Remember to choose only the challenges that suit you and fit into your schedule. These challenges are meant to be a blessing, not a burden!
Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog has put together the helpful 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy series. These prompts are hosted on the GeneaBloggers website. You may be interested in seeing posts about the challenge from other GeneaBloggers.  Both sites have been voted among about the Family Tree Magazine’s Top 40 Genealogy Websites this year.
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Looking for FAMILY-FRIENDLY GIFT IDEAS?  Click here.


Note from Family Tree Gal, Carolyn:  Have you joined the Family Tree Quest at
www.familytreequest.com
www.familytreequest.com ?  I also invite you to join me on Facebook and Twitter.  Check out my Family Tree Quest Blog if you haven’t done so already.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation from Amy Coffin or GeneaBloggers.com for writing this post. I am listed on the GeneaBloggers Blog Roll because I find it to be a valuable, shared community resource. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sentimental Sunday: Poetry entry

I'm happy to participate in THE SECOND GREAT AMERICAN LOCAL POEM AND SONG GENEALOGY CHALLENGE, hosted by Bill West. http://westinnewengland.blogspot.com/2010/10/second-great-american-local-poem-and.html

My relatives were pioneers and lived in Utah.  Pocket knives were commonplace in local life.  Mary Bathgate Shelley wrote this quaint poem when she gave a pocket knife to one of her grandsons, Anza Adams. 

Here’s my entry:

I’ve got a little keepsake
Grandmother gave to me
When I was very young
And sit upon her knee.

She put it in my right hand
And there she did say
I wish you to keep this little gift
When I am far away.

I pray the Lord to bless you
And keep you free from strife
And be a true and faithful man
And never lose your knife.

This poem warms my heart, shows a sense of humor, and helps me see the wonderful family connection between a grandmother and her grandson.  Hope you enjoy it!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Memory Lane Monday: 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy – Challenge #45

Memory Lane Monday

Here’s your weekly genealogy challenge:  Genealogy Societies

View the entire description of this week’s challenge, by using my Examiner.com, Phoenix Genealogy Examiner link.  Click here

Remember to choose only the challenges that suit you and fit into your schedule. These challenges are meant to be a blessing, not a burden!

Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog We Tree Blog has put together the helpful 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy series. These prompts are hosted on the GeneaBloggers website.  You may be interested in seeing posts about the challenge from other GeneaBloggers.  Both sites have been voted among about the Family Tree Magazine’s Top 40 Genealogy Websites this year.
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Looking for FAMILY-FRIENDLY GIFT IDEAS?  Click here.


Note from Family Tree Gal, Carolyn:
  Have you joined the Family Tree Quest at www.familytreequest.com ?  I also invite you to join me on Facebook and Twitter.  Check out my Family Tree Quest Blog if you haven’t done so already. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation from Amy Coffin or GeneaBloggers.com for writing this post. I am listed on the GeneaBloggers Blog Roll because I find it to be a valuable, shared community resource. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, November 1, 2010

Memory Lane Monday: 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy – Challenge #44

Memory Lane Monday

Here’s your weekly genealogy challenge:  Giving Back

View the entire description of this week’s challenge, by using my Examiner.com, Phoenix Genealogy Examiner link.  Click here

Remember to choose only the challenges that suit you and fit into your schedule. These challenges are meant to be a blessing, not a burden!

Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog has put together the helpful 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy series. These prompts are hosted on the GeneaBloggers website.  You may be interested in seeing posts about the challenge from other GeneaBloggers.  Both sites have been voted among about the Family Tree Magazine’s Top 40 Genealogy Websites this year.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Looking for FAMILY-FRIENDLY GIFT IDEAS?  Click here.  
 
Note from Family Tree Gal, Carolyn:  Have you joined the Family Tree Quest at
www.familytreequest.com ?  I also invite you to join me on Facebook and Twitter.  Check out my Family Tree Quest Blog if you haven’t done so already. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation from Amy Coffin or GeneaBloggers.com for writing this post. I am listed on the GeneaBloggers Blog Roll because I find it to be a valuable, shared community resource. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”