December 14, 2006

Family Cookbook

For a few years now my mom has mentioned the idea of creating a family cookbook. At one point she asked for recipes from people in the family, but not many people responded. So it is still on the "to do" list. Kimberly Powell wrote a nice blog entry about creating a family cookbook, and here are her tips for encouraging a reply:

* Ask those that can to send their recipes and stories by email. You're not only more likely to receive more submissions, but you'll also be able to cut and paste the recipes right into your final document.

* Since emailing good quality pictures can be so painful for many, consider joining a photo share site to make it easier for participants to upload their photos.

* Set a deadline that allows family members at least a few weeks to gather together their recipes, but not so far out in the future that they forget about the project all together. You may also want to send a short reminder postcard or email a week or two before the final submission deadline.

* For participants you know don't have email, try sending a SASE with your letter to boost the chance of a response.

* If you're planning to sell the cookbook to help recoop your costs, it is still nice to offer free copies to everyone who contributes recipes, stories or photos.

I also found a genealogy blog called Family Matters that has written a few entries about how they made a family cookbook for this Christmas. It looks like they put a lot of work into it with pictures and different styles. They used The Living Cookbook software and Lulu for printing.

Hopefully with these helpful blog entries on the topic, my mother and I can get one made for next year!

November 16, 2006

JMK Genealogy Gifts

I first found out about JMK Genealogy Gifts in March of this year and posted about them. Then in August I found out about their "Hey Baby, what's your haplogroup?" design and posted about that because I thought it was funny.


The owner, Jimmy Kavanagh, then contacted me at the end of August to let me know about their new Halloween designs. I was flattered to be contacted by someone who thought I had enough traffic for advertisements. I thought it would be nice to help out their company so I did it happily. I was told about 2 other designs in October and posted about those as well. Genealogy shirt for the Old-Timers and Genealogy Hotspot. At none of these times did I say that I'd purchased from JMK Genealogy Gifts, just that I liked their design ideas. I wanted to give some free advertisement to their company.

Then Jimmy offered to send me a mug as a thank you and I happily accepted. I asked for the snowman design below:


It says "I must remember to lookup the snowman family on before I melt!...Have a successful genealogical holiday!"

So now I can actually give a review of their product since I have one. The mug is larger than I thought it would be. It is very sturdy and strong and I have enjoyed using it for the past few weeks. I like seeing the snowman each morning. The quote makes me chuckle too. At some point I would like to get a shirt or two and plan to put that on my Christmas list.

So check out their products if you have someone in your family who is addicted to genealogy. There are some nice Christmas ideas. Right now JMK Genealogy is offering 25% off ornaments and greeting cards. Below is one of their Christmas ornaments.


And here is an article written about them recently at The Open Press.

October 25, 2006

Genealogy Hotspot

JMK Genealogy Gifts has another good design out for people addicted to genealogy. "If you are a hotspot of genealogical activity then you gotta get one of these!..."


You can buy it here.

October 17, 2006

A Genealogy Shirt for the Old-Timers

There's a new shirt offered by JMK Genealogy Gifts. It's a pretty good one for the old-time genealogists. It says, "Internet ?! Back in my day we did genealogy right. With shoe leather, paper, pencil and a huge, huge eraser."

You can find the design here.


August 30, 2006

Genealogy Halloween Shirts

JMK Genealogy has launched 3 new shirts for the Halloween season.


The 3 designs are available on t-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, and even throw pillows and mousepads.

March 14, 2006

JMK Genealogy

JMK Genealogy is a cool website for those people really interested in Family History. There are genealogy t-shirts, mugs, mousepads, sweatshirts, hats, etc. The designs are pretty interesting and they even have a collection to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. There is a sale going on in March to get $4 off every $40 spent. The sale ends today, March 14th, so visit their site soon.

December 9, 2005

Holiday Specials at Ohana Software

For those who read my PAF Insight entry back in July, you know that I am a big fan of this product. It is made by Ohana Software. Ohana also offers some other products that I have yet to try, but perhaps may ask for some this Christmas.

Passage Express Deluxe Downloadable version is $39.95 during December instead of the regular price of $49.95.

Passage Express Standard Downloadable version is $29.95 during December instead of the regular price of $34.95.

Visit Ohana Software for your genealogy gift giving needs.

November 23, 2005

Photo Calendar Christmas Gifts

Kimberly Powell recently posted an entry titled, "Create Your Own Printable Family Photo Calendar." She then listed 6 steps to help us create our own family photo calendar. I thought this was a great idea for a Christmas gift this year, but decided it might be easier for me to just get mine done at FedEx Kinko's since my brother is a manager at one of their stores.

My brother then emailed me some coupons that are only valid for this weekend after Thanksgiving. FedEx Kinko's is offering great deals on custom calendars and greeting cards, as well as other personalized gifts for the next few days. Here are the deals.

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November 17, 2005

Climbing Family Trees-Whispers in the Leaves

There is a new book recently released from Spring Creek Books on Family History. It is called "Climbing Family Trees-Whispers in the Leaves," and is written by Trina Boice and twin sister Tracey Long. The description of the book can be found at Trina's website.

* Amazing, true genealogy stories that will give you goose-bumps and inspire you to search for your own roots
* How-to genealogy tips for both the experienced genealogist and the beginner
* Tons of resources
* Creative ways to involve your family in your research
* Ideas to do genealogy through all seasons of your life
* A cool contest! Great prizes! Treasure hunt!
* Family reunion ideas
* Ways to celebrate National Family History month
* Funny, but real epitaphs
* How to use technology in your research as well as in your family relations
* Creative ways to celebrate your family's history

The retail price of this book is $14.95 and it will be distributed to bookstores such as Barnes and Noble, Waldenbooks, and Deseret Book. Perhaps it would make a nice Christmas present.

October 14, 2005

"Always Time to Die" by Elizabeth Lowell

On July 18th I wrote about a genealogy thriller novel that was released by Elizabeth Lowell. I finally checked it out from my library last week and finished it yesterday and it is a great book! I really enjoyed it.

The book didn't grab me right away, since it was a little confusing to follow all the characters and to know who is who. But yesterday I wasn't feeling well, so I just wanted to rest and ended up reading the whole book by the end of the day. It really grabs you and gets you involved in the lives of the 2 main characters, Dan Duran and Carly May. It is both a mystery and a romance.

Carly May is a professional genealogist and she knows her stuff. She was hired by Winifred Castillo to write the Castillo family history and lots of secrets are revealed that no one knows about except Winifred. There are twists and turns that you don't expect throughout the novel and it keeps you guessing right up until the end. There was also a lot of DNA testing, genetealogy, throughout the novel that helped me to learn a little bit more about how that works...since I have not tried anything like that yet with my own genealogy research.

Always Time to Die, by Elizabeth Lowell, would probably be rated PG-13 if it was a movie. There are some swear words and an intimate love scene, so take that into consideration when deciding whether or not to read it.

September 27, 2005

Six Generations Card Game

There is a new card game out called Six Generations. It is perfect for those interested in family trees and genealogy. Dick Eastman posted an announcement from Six Generations Publishing about this game on his blog.

Since I love to play cards, I think this new game sounds fun. It really doesn't cost that much and would make for a great Christmas gift or stocking stuffer.

For more information on this card game, and other games like it, visit Six Generations.

August 11, 2005

My Genealogy

City Directories are now being sold at They explain why these directories are useful at their site:

Why are City Directories Important to Genealogists

Individuals that research their family history use a variety of sources. Those sources vary, depending on each persons research knowledge, affordability, and availability of resources.

Census records are the number one U.S. resource used by genealogists. Other data sources would include Tax Records, Military Records, Ship Passenger Lists, and City Directories, etc.

City Directories are often over looked by researchers, yet they can identify almost every household every year. They can also help distinguish different persons of the same name. They are easy to read, alphabetically arranged, and contain a wealth of information. also has digital census CDs, microfilm readers, and other genealogy books available.

July 18, 2005

Genealogy Thriller by Elizabeth Lowell

There is a new mystery/romance novel written by Elizabeth Lowell titled "Always Time to Die." Its basis is a professional genealogist, Carly May, who is hired to look into the history of a prominent Southwest family. But someone doesn't want her to find out their secrets and is willing to kill if needs be. It sounds very interesting, so I already have it on hold at my library.

Here is a review by Dan Hays for the Statesman Journal.

July 15, 2005

Genealogy Today Marketplace

I have mentioned a few different websites to buy genealogy-related gifts before, but I think I found an even better one. The website is called Genealogy Today and all their products can be found at their Genealogy Marketplace. This website has offered products online for almost 3 years and now has over 700 gift items.

I'll just link to a few items that look interesting to me:

Baby Family Tree X-Stitch Pattern/Kit
6x4 Pewter Grandmother Frame
DK Millennium Family Tree Record Book
Family Tree Jigsaw Puzzle
Family Trees Are Always In Season Mug
Country Living Handmade Scrapbooks
Families are Forever 12x12 Paper
First Steps in Genealogy
7 Generation Family Tree Poster
Dig Up Your Roots and Find Your Branches
Genealogy Bracelet Charm (9mm size)
Linkum Card Game

June 26, 2005

Paw Prints Cross Stitch

I recently purchased a Family Tree Cross Stitch kit from Paw Prints Cross Stitch and was very pleased with their service. My mother's hobbies include both genealogy and cross-stitching, so I thought this gift would be perfect for her.

I ordered this kit 2 weeks before her birthday online at their website. They then emailed me saying that they were waiting for another shipment to come in and that it would be sent out shortly. I was a bit surprised to hear this news, because the website had not said this item was out of stock and I replied saying that I needed this Family Tree Kit by June 24th. Their representative, Diana, was quick to respond and said they would get it out to me no later than June 21st and would send it Priority Mail. I was happily surprised with this unexpected upgrade on shipping and just as she said, they shipped it out on the 21st and I received it on Thursday, the 23rd.

I feel like customer service isn't as important to some companies anymore, and I am very pleased that Paw Prints Cross Stitch still wants to take care of their customers. This Family Tree Kit looks very nice and I recommend it to anyone who likes to cross-stitch as well as do their family history. It is called God Bless Our Family Tree, by Sunset, and costs $18.99 at Paw Prints Cross Stitch.

June 23, 2005

The Family History Store

The Family History Store is a great website if you're looking for something to give a genealogist. There are journals, frames, scrapbooking things, mugs, cross-stitching kits, puzzles, genealogy tools and charts, etc. There are also books, CDs, and computer software to give someone who is just getting started with their family history. This is a great website to generate some ideas.

And you can always buy a few things for yourself as well!

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