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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 1, 2010 9:06 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 1, 2010 10:18 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
About 2 years ago I decided to create books for my children and grandchildren with all of the information and photos I had of our family. I became obsessed with finding out as much as I could about our families.

First thing I did was to gather as much information as I already knew about both mine and my husband's families. Then I began "googling" each person I knew about. I found quite a few of my relatives this way, but kept landing on places on Ancestry.com that I had no access to. I finally decided to dedicate a year to the project and join the site. This was a birthday gift to myself. Man oh Man did I find out a slew of information about my family and other relatives that I had no idea were in the tree. My tree went from perhaps 300 people to well over 9000 in a year's time.

I've traced ancestors back to the early 1500's and beyond. Now to be on the up and up here, I did NOT verify all sources that I ran across. I don't consider myself to be a historian. Just a Mom that wanted to pass along to my family their roots. My books won't be published, but instead have been shared with other family members that I thought would appreciate knowing where they came from. Needless to say, they've all been very appreciative. I tried to make these books entertaining, gathering stories that others had written about the "old people". I also talked to the "current old folks" to get stories from them about what things were like way back when. The amount of photos I have collected to share made for a very nice book to pass along to our children.

I was able to complete this project before my father in law died the day after Thanksgiving last year. He was very instrumental in getting this project off the ground. He was adopted as a young child and the information he had about his birth father was sketchy at best. Thanks to a lady (on Findagrave.com) that provided me with a death certificate of his great grandmother, I found out her maiden name and was able to find out the name of her husband (his great grandfather) who no one in my realm of acquaintances ever knew. That started the ball rolling backwards and before I knew it, we had information on her family back to the 1300's.

Since I completed the project (well, as much as this type of thing can be completed), I've run into one of the wives in my husband's ancestors and she's shared with me an incredible amount of information that she's collected over the past 30 years from other wives of the same family. It's funny how the wives are the ones doing the research. :-)

I hope to find others that are researching their families and we can share resources.

Janet
ImageCandyce
Feb 1, 2010 10:44 AM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
I am so glad you began this Cubit. Our stories are very similar. I, too, want to create 'books' for my grandchildren. I, too, gave myself the gift of a subscription to Ancestry (and found out TONS of information.).

(Photo is of my maternal grandmother. I never got to meet her.)

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 1, 2010 12:48 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
What a beautiful lady your grandmother was.

I think the folks who most appreciated my efforts were my 3 aunts on my Dad's side of the family.I haven't kept in contact with any of these old aunts, but got their addresses from my mother. I didn't know this but each year they all get together. They are all in their 80's now. They had their annual get together set up for some time in June. I did my best to get the books out to everyone before I made my trip to Virginia for the whole month of July last year. I found out AFTER I mailed them that 2 of them were going to be with one of the others. Well, God was watching out for me because they all ended up receiving their books. But in the mean time, the one whose house they ended up at got her book while the others were there. They all told me how much they enjoyed going back in time and seeing all of the old photos I'd collected. Aunt Linn said they all stayed up late looking at each page of the book, reminiscing and she told me even more stories about my grandmother. You see my grandmother was actually raised by her grandparents. Her own parents died when she was just a small child. I knew this but had the cause of their deaths wrong in my mind. Of course, they've all shared the books now with their own children and grandchildren and great grandchildren (none of these folks were people I had any contact information on, but most were included in the book from my aunt's research, done many years before.).

Here is my grandmother and grandfather, and HER grandparents and my Aunt Linn. Now I see where all of my curly hair came from!

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ImageCandyce
Feb 1, 2010 1:28 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
What a great and heartwarming story. Thanks for sharing it. This IS quite an adventure, isn't it? And we never know where we are going to end up ... if we end up at all!
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ImageSami
Feb 2, 2010 11:03 AM CST
Name: samantha watts
Inez,ky
Janet I too have been working on a book for my family but finding it is so expensive when it comes to the ink. I have several family members who wants the book but I just cant afford all that ink. I cant even get maybe a few pages done and have to buy more ink. Maybe you can give me some pointers on this.

Clarsie

ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 2, 2010 3:35 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Clarsie, I was so fortunate. My sister in law was working for a huge corporation and she printed them out for me. She printed enough that the majority of my family was able to have a beautiful laser printed color copy. She also loaned me a binding machine. I bound them myself, using a photo of the person I was sending it to for the front cover. They really did turn out nice. I was so glad I finished the project when I did because about a week after she gave me the last of the books, she was laid off and shortly after that the company shut down completely. At that time I'd only completed 7 out of 8 of the families I wanted to research.

Since then, my computer guy gave me a black and white laser printer. I got busy finishing up that last book (the Yates family) and got it all printed out. The Yates and the Dukes were my great grandparents. So when I made my trip to Virginia this past summer, I boxed up the books knowing I was going to be attending a reunion. I shipped them to my mother and then when we went to the reunion, I handed them out to the cousins. We all had a great time sitting around visiting and talking about the famous folks we were related to.

Tom, the computer guy got the laser printer on ebay. He also told me to watch ebay for printer cartridges. Each cartridge prints out 10000 copies. Whereas Office Depot wanted almost $100 for the cartridge, on ebay I got 2 of them for $29 with free shipping! I think he said he paid $100 for the printer. Since I do tax returns also, that printer has really come in handy for me. I wish it was color, but those take 4 different cartridges at $100 each!

I tried using my HP all in one color printer to print one of the books. Because of all the photos, ONE was all I got out of a cartridge at $29.

Since the books have all been printed, I've run across new folks via Ancestry.com. I am willing to share the books with them on flash drives which I picked up cheaply at Christmas time, but if they want them printed, they will have to cover that expense. Usually after I've sent the flash drive out, they send it back to me with the information they have on the family. So there is no cost to me other than postage and I don't mind paying that.

Janet

ps not long ago the sister in law came and picked up her binding machine to make her annual calendars. I checked at Office Depot to find out how much one would be because I want to do a military book since so many of our relatives were in the military. It was way out of my price range, BUT they do have one set up there that is the "customer's" for their use. So if I bring my own stuff, I can use their machine for FREE! YEAH!!! I found a huge bag (think comforter zipper style bag) full of binding combs at Goodwill for $2.99 in all sizes. Those things ain't cheap!
ImageKYBelle
Feb 3, 2010 9:18 AM CST
Name: Clarsie Jennings
Corapeake NC
Janet I am just printing mine out on printer paper and putting them in ring notebooks that I picked up at the thirft store. I am not very good at setting up things on the pc but just copying the pictures I have and putting them in the notebook. I have 6 brothers and sisters and 4 have passed on and their family wants the info. I am thinking about just printing out the info without the pictures and sending that to them. The pictures is what takes so much ink. I am thinking about checking with my son-in-law about his printers at work. He might be able to help me out there.

Clarsie
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 3, 2010 9:42 AM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I'd planned on using notebooks too. Then when the SIL offered to print them.... well.... I felt like I'd won the lottery. That was awesome because I don't PLAY the lottery! Anyhow, she would set the PDF files up to print at night while she was gone. Her machine at work would print them out both front and back, put it all together and all she had to do was pick up the stacks in the morning. The books turned out fabulous... definitely something all of my kids can be proud of.

I watched Office Depot for clearance items and picked up some nice heavy duty dividers for next to nothing. Those came in handy for separating the families within the books.

Places like Walmart can print your photos fairly cheap for you. You can put all of the images on a disk and take it to the store. If you plan on distributing these to other family members, perhaps you can get together and take up a collection. Don't feel bad about asking. Afterall, they will benefit from your hard work.

I hadn't planned on asking for financial help with mine since the SIL did all of the printing. When I sent out the first books to one of my cousins, she sent me a check for $300. I was shocked and told my Mom about it. I told her I didn't feel right about accepting such generosity. She said, "Honey, that woman has MILLIONS of dollars. If she wants to help you out this way, just send her a nice thank you card." So I did. And then spent the money on airfare to Virginia so I could attend the reunion she puts on yearly. She and I had been writing emails back and forth for years. She'd told many of the stories that were in the books. Her brother had worked on genealogy for many years before he died. Sadly, much of his work disappeared when there was a liquidation of his assets. She told me when I got to Virginia that he would have been so proud of the work I'd done. And that I'd gotten so much further than Lewis (the brother) ever had. That made me feel great!

She also told me that she was having the furniture from the old family homestead restored to it's original condition. It's been sitting in her basement since 1982 when the my great grandparents house was sold (along with the furnishings).My great grandfather built the house at the turn of the century... back in 1900. My great grandparents died back in the early 1930's and that furniture stayed in the parlor until one of the great aunts died in 1982. My Mom bought the house when they had the auction and has done a lot to improve it. She lives there 6 months out of the year. That house will go to my sister when Mom passes on. Norma (the cousin with the furniture) said that the furniture will go back to the house then. In the meantime, she wanted to enjoy it for a while because she had such fond memories of it.

Janet

ps Leave it to me to take the conversation in a whole 'nother direction! It's a family trait donchaknow!!!

ImageKYBelle
Feb 3, 2010 10:19 AM CST
Name: Clarsie Jennings
Corapeake NC
Wow that was a great story Janet and love to hear about good stories. Maybe I will just get all my stuff put on the cd and see what wal mart can do for me as for as the pictures go. Thanks for the idea.

KYBelle
ImageLiz
Feb 3, 2010 10:57 PM CST
Name: Liz
SF Bay Area, California
I wouldn't feel bad at all asking for contributions from family members--I put together a book for Christmas on my maternal grandmother's side of the family (she's my only remaining grandparent, so I did that part of the family first). I used the publishing feature on Ancestry.com and had them print the book & bind it nicely for me, then everyone in the family pitched in to buy copies for my mom & grandma. Anyone else who wants a book can feel free to order it, and I've also given all of my immediate family access to the tree on Ancestry.com so they can go in any time they want and look at things, that saves on printing too.
ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 3, 2010 11:14 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
I hadn't thought of giving them a link. Excellent idea!
ImageCandyce
Feb 5, 2010 3:36 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
I'm so sad! My property taxes took precedence over my Ancestry membership. I had to cancel it today. But, as soon as I have saved the money, I'm right back there!
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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 5, 2010 8:32 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Oh man! I feel for you. Hopefully things will brighten up soon so you can get back to working on it again.
ImageCandyce
Feb 6, 2010 4:45 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Oh, they will. I'm not too upset. the timing, though, was bad.
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Imagetarogers5
Feb 13, 2010 5:09 PM CST
Name: Ted Rogers
Oklahoma
Reach out to God he loves you
My aunt started our book years ago. Taking it back to the 1740. My mother took it up and I did the editing and printing. Had them bound in Bonham, Texas at 37.00 each. As you say lots of work. I can copy mine to CD's to give out. Just finished our second book that takes it up to my Mothers death. I printed it out using a Canon printer and refilled thee cartridge's by hand. Bought the ink in bulk.
Am going to get back into it and see if there is a link back further. My aunt said it seemed like they just dropped out of heaven. Might look into the DNA approach if it will help. Getting cheaper I hear.

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ImageTallulah_B
Feb 15, 2010 11:11 AM CST
Name: Susan MacKenzie
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
DNA search?
I know what DNA is, but how do they do a search by it? I don't suppose they dig up old graves, do they? Sounds interesting..............

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 15, 2010 2:40 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Susan, if you'll look over on the right side for the link with National Geographics Genographics Project, Victor posted that link and it was for a DNA test. I've seen folks on Ancestry.com doing DNA testing also. I've often wondered how they match you up with your ancestors. Do you suppose they found old hair brushes or tooth brushes???
ImageTallulah_B
Feb 15, 2010 3:53 PM CST
Name: Susan MacKenzie
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
hahahaha that's funny - old toothbrushes!

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ImageUniQueTreasures
Feb 15, 2010 6:58 PM CST
Name: Janet Colvin
Z8~Beaumont~Southeast Texas
Proud member of Cubits.org
Wellllllllllllllllllll..... I mean it's not like they take 'em with 'em when they "go". Rolling on the floor laughing

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