Myrt received the following responses to her question "...what type of "genealogy jam" are
I also have been making quilts of the family history. My first was a lap
robe for dad's wheel chair with photos of his parents, Mom's parents Mom
and Dad and then me and my sister, the grands and the greats. It is still on
dad's bed even if he has passed on. Mom loves it dearly. My next quilt was
for my oldest daughter's 40 birthday. We made a queen size quilt for their
bed with memories of her 1st forty years. I had to repeat this for our other
daughter. Now I am working on Senior Year quilts for my grand children. One
down, one is progress and 2 to go. These are wall hangings of photos the
grands love the most. They can decorate the dorm room or place at end of the
bed. People love these and I agree they are fun to make and give .
To: Marcia firstname.lastname@example.org
WOW!!! Can I share your email and quilt pic with my DearREADERS?
Sure. I'm working tonight on a High School Senior quilt. Enjoy and I want to
show your quilt to my garden club tomorrow too.
To: Marcia email@example.com
Speaking of your garden club meeting
tomorrow -- think about HEIRLOOM PLANTS in the garden, the kind you remember
at Gramma's house! Lilac, Peonies, Snap dragons (take off a blossom and
"pinch" the jaws to open and close the dragon's mouth!)
THAT is another kind of genealogy jam!
You think up my alley! I am the Heritage Herb Lady and working on going
around to schools and clubs talking about the old kitchen gardens and how
the herbs were used in 1800-1850. Like Lambs Ear was the bandaid of 1800.
It has astringent properties and the fuzzy leaves soak up the blood.
Rosemary sprigs given to someone is so they will always remember you and a
little bag of Rosemary under your pillow will help you clear your head so
you remember more. In March I have my first Herb Lady make-up party at
Stagville. I so hope we have time to talk at NGS in Raleigh in May
about other ways to save and make memory starters.
I used to have an online
class of Genealogy Scrapbooking and in the chats I would have a topic like
"Doing laundry without electricity". I made a kit and gave them places on
the internet to research old laundry ways. The ladies would go with ideas
and then could talk to mom or grandma about what it was like. Having more
information it made it easier to write the stories and ask detailed
questions. The kit was to make it easier for them to record it for their
scrapbooks. Most people don't have photos of grandma doing the laundry but
the stories are there and the every day things really make the person come
to life and become a lighthouse in the history of our lives. I did this
weekly for 3 years where half the chat was how to research the topic and the
other was about scrapbooking. As I use a Mac I had a lady help with
computer details. I have made 6 scrapbooks on the different branches of the
family. I had the interest in the old stories since childhood but the new
ways of saving the photos came from the fire storm where my parents lost
everything. The families didn't want to give up their photos so I asked for
scans so they could keep the originals and yet they would be shared. The
beginning of the scrapbooks. At same time my grandchildren were reading the
colorful children's books and I thought this is a way to tell the old
stories. In digital scrapbooking you make it once and can print several
I have loved your sharing
with all of us out here in cyberspace. I have learned much and your ideas
get picked up and used so often I hope you know you are one of the biggest
assets in the genealogy scheme of things.
So, my DearREADERS, I ask
again - what sort of "genealogy jam" are you cooking up? Ol' Myrt here would
be thrilled to spotlight your projects.
Happy family tree climbing!
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