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Share the Genealogy Wallpapers with Others

Recently I have gotten quite a few emails from people saying how much they enjoy the Genealogy Wallpapers I post each week for you to download. First of all, let me say thank you to all of you who have left comments or sent me emails with the complements you have given me. I really enjoy creating these wallpapers and I'm glad you are enjoying them. I have had a few people ask me if they could post the wallpaper on their blog, email it to a friend or share it in other ways with their genealogy friends and family. I decided to create a "terms of use" page on the website. In general, this page talks about how much I enjoy making these wallpapers and how I want to continue to give them to you for free. I also talk about where I get the graphics/images for the wallpapers. I also specify where and how I would like you to share the Genealogy Wallpapers with others if you choose to do so. One of the ways you can help share the Genealogy Wallpapers with others is by placing the Wallpaper Widget I created in your own website or blog's sidebar. Below is the widget along with the HTML code you need to place in your sidebar. Again, this is not mandatory, but if you would like to help share these wallpapers with others it is a simple and easy way for others to find them.

If you are not sure how to add the HTML code above to your blog, instructions on how to add this for Blogger users are below: Once you log into your Blogger account, click on Design on your Blogger Dashboard. You will see that this is where you can add "Gadgets" to your sidebar. Click on "Add a Gadget" and scroll down until you find "HTML/Javascript". Click the little plus button to add it to your sidebar. After you click the plus button, the next window that pops up is where you will paste the HTML code from above. On this screen you can add a title to the Gadget if you want, but it isn't required. After you add the HTML code, simply click Save. Now the Genealogy Wallpapers Gadget will be on your blog's sidebar. Thanks again for all your compliments on the wallpapers and for those of you who add this Gadget to your sidebar to help share them with others! If you have any other questions, please read the Terms of Use or contact me!


5 Generations of Wedding Photos

This past weekend I was at the house of one of the leaders in my Ward (Church group). As we were having dinner someone asked about the photos on the wall. His wife told us that each of those photos was a wedding picture, equalling 5 generations! I was so intrigued by this I asked her if I could take some pictures and write about it on my blog. This is one of those stories that I read on other people's blog and enjoy so much so I wanted to share it with all of you.  The very bottom picture is their daughter. The one up and to the right is Karin. The one next to it is her mom. The one above Karin is her grandmother and the one next to that is Karin's great-grandmother. It isn't very often that you see 5 generation photos like this, especially when they are all wedding photos. Now, the part that I think is the most amazing is the fact that in all of the photos, all the women are wearing the same necklace!

Isn't this such a fun tradition? I think it is amazing that they have a necklace that has been passed down for generations and that each of them wore it on their wedding day. What kind of family traditions do you have in your family? Do you have an heirloom that has been passed down and it now in your possession? Possibly you know of an heirloom that you would love to have. Share with us by leaving a comment below!


NGS Conference Exhibits – Part 1

At the NGS Conference there were the typical exhibitors that you see at every genealogy conference -,,, FamilySearch, etc. but there were also a few new companies/associations I have never seen before or that I think are so cool that I want to feature.

"Geneartogy - the name itself is a contaction of Genealogy and Art and that's what we do". I first came to know of Geneartogy back in January when I was at the Mesa Family History Expo. I found the concept of their designs so intriguing and very creative. I love seeing creative ways to display our family histories and this is one of my favorite ways of displaying it I have seen. Geneartogy allows people to create their own customized family tree for display in their homes. Your projects are created on either canvas or watercolor paper. Geneartogy also frames your project and ships them directly to your home.

To learn more about Geneartogy and their products, click on the link below.

Geneartogy-family tree templates

If you are a genealogist that wants to make a little extra money on the side then this next company is something you might want to look into. Genlighten is a fairly new website that allows you to post your profile and your qualifications for genealogical research. Through Genlighten people can contact you and consult with you to find records, documents, and other genealogy research. It is a great way to network, help out other genealogists, and make a few dollars. 

Be sure to check back for more exhibitors and re-postings of my tweets from the NGS conference.


I Think Someone Has the Genealogy Bug!!

Last weekend was great to be able to go to the St. George Family History Expo and attend all the great classes, see friends, and meet new people.

All of the classes were great with many new things on the horizon. One great thing about these conferences is that those who haven't done genealogy in a long time remember the fun you have when searching for your family, and even better is when there are those who get bit by the genealogy bug!

After lunch on Saturday I skipped class so I could catch up on a little tweeting and so I could go around the exhibit hall and talk with some of the vendors without the mad rush of people in between classes. As I was walking around I met one of the vendors, April, who has her own business, Digital Scrapbook Memories, selling digital scrapbook graphics. I knew my mom would be interested in stuff like that so I stopped by to see exactly what is was all about.

As I started talking with April she started asking me how I got involved with genealogy and what is was that sparked my interest. Many people ask me that when they first meet me at places like one of these conferences because I am so young and you rarely see someone my age doing genealogy. April and I talked for quite a while about different aspects of genealogy and she was asking me a lot of questions. It was so fun to help answer these questions for her. I love helping others learn about genealogy and how to get started.

I think our conversation really sparked that interest for her and now she seems to be infected like the rest of us! I love it when new people get involved with genealogy because it expands that social network of people to help each other solve our brick walls and make new friendships. I am so glad I stopped by her booth and talked with her. She seems like she has so much enthusiasm and that makes me even more excited to help other people get started on their genealogy.

Go check out April's blog and what she had to say about the conference. I think you too will be able to see the excitement she now has to start digging into her roots and find those ancestors who have been waiting for someone like her to research the past. April's blog address is