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Thank you for visiting today. I find genealogy fascinating and exciting. I hope the True Miracles with Genealogy books can encourage us all to get involved and enjoy uniting families in heaven and on earth, one link at a time.
Sample review—True Miracles with Genealogy books
Anne Bradshaw’s books are not genealogical how-to manuals. True Miracles with Genealogy (Volumes One and Two) are a worldwide collection of astounding personal stories that illustrate the remarkable assistance available to us when we combine diligent research with help from beyond the veil.
Still, each short, unique story is crammed full of invaluable research tips from the successes of Bradshaw’s contributors, nearly all of whom attest they found priceless information by listening to promptings and acting on the messages received. Some of these spiritual whispers inspired them to think out of the box, sending them to astounding, unlikely places like eBay and Amazon, or off on excursions where marvelous, miraculous doors opened for them.
True Miracles with Genealogy should be on every family’s bookshelf, and particularly on the shelves of every genealogist—the impassioned and the dabblers. It would make a marvelous gift for the historian in your family. Its stories remind us all how near heaven we are. ~ Laurie (L.C.) Lewis, author.
I recently received an excellent wall chart titled Kings and Queens of England and Other European Nations. Here is my review for all genealogists with royalty in their lines—and for any other history buffs out there.
Kings and Queens of England Chart
At last, I now have a better understanding of how and where all these kings and queens are related. This chart is a masterpiece of construction that is really easy to follow. It outlines the direct lineage and doesn’t go off into the many hundreds of sidelines that would only confuse the overall picture.
The Kings and Queens of England chart comes rolled in a tube for protection. When unfurled, it measures a 24″ by 36″ and is printed in color on quality glossy paper. It costs $24.95 in the USA, and £15.95 in the UK. (See “Where to Buy” heading below for links to Amazon).
Another thing I really like, is that all charts from this company are printed in a carbon neutral plant using environmentally friendly inks.
Kings and Queens Who’s Who
Published in August 2013 by UsefulCharts Publishing, the Kings and Queens of England chart is right up to date and includes the new Prince George of Cambridge.
The company website says, “[The chart] shows the direct line between Queen Elizabeth II and historical figures such as Charlemagne, Alfred the Great, and William the Conqueror. It includes every monarch of England from 927 to today (Houses of Wessex, Plantagenet, Tudor, Stuart, Hanover, Windsor, etc.) and shows the Scottish royal line from Robert the Bruce as well as several independent Welsh and Irish kings. It also includes many of the contemporary monarchs from neighboring countries such as Spain, France, the Netherlands, and Denmark (e.g. – Charles I of Spain, Louis XIV of France, Frederick the Great of Prussia, Napoleon Bonaparte, and more) and demonstrates how the current monarchs of Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the UK are all descended from either Queen Victoria or King Christian IX (of Denmark), and in most cases, both.”
Where to Buy Kings and Queens Poster Charts
Among other things, the company also produces two more historical charts—Timeline of World History, and Greek Mythology Family Tree. These can be bought for $24.95 each, or bundled with the Kings and Queens of England saving 33% at $49.95 at www.amazon.com.
Meet the Designer
UsefulCharts’ posters are designed by Matt Baker from Vancouver, BC. Matt has worked as both a teacher and a curriculum developer. He has always loved charts and considers himself to be a visual learner. His posters aim to capture large amounts of information in simple, easy-to-follow formats. His website is at www.usefulcharts.com.
Matt helped establish and manage a non-profit community college in rural Sri Lanka where he also developed curriculum and taught classes in the liberal arts and sciences. In May 2009, he received a Public Service Honor Award from the Mayor of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka for “unstinted service in the field of upgrading the leadership and language skills of the youth of this city.”
Kings and Queens of England Highly Recommended
I highly recommend posters by Matt Baker—especially the Kings and Queens chart. What a vast number of hours must have gone into the production of this excellent visual aid. Congratulations!
This month’s genealogy quote comes from John Baird Dickson, a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1992. On October 5, 2013, Elder Dickson was released from the First Quorum and designated an Emeritus General Authority.
John Baird Dickson
This biographical sketch is adapted from “News of the Church: Elder John B. Dickson of the Seventy” from the Ensign, August 1992, page 77 on the occasion of his call to the Second Quorum of the Seventy.
After receiving a mission call to Mexico in 1962, Elder Dickson learned he had bone cancer in his right arm. Doctors did not expect him to live more than a month.
Strong family support and the comforting words his father gave him in a blessing sustained him. Ten months later, he left for his mission grateful that his life had been spared, though his arm had been amputated.
What some may consider to be a handicap has never bothered him. “Losing my arm has proved to be one of the greater blessings in my life. I am more patient with other people because I have had to be patient with myself.”
In 1978 Elder Dickson returned to Mexico to preside over the newly created Mexico City North Mission. For the last eight years, he had been president of the Mt. Vernon Washington Stake.
His “most significant calling” is that of father to eight children (seven girls) and husband to “an angel from heaven.”
Genealogy Quote from John Baird Dickson
I testify that our Heavenly Father loves all of His children, that Jesus is the Christ, and that the gospel is available to all, both the living and the dead.” May 2013 Ensign, The Gospel to All the World.
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In November this year, I took a trip down an English genealogy lane. I flew to England to visit my mother, Eve Tozer, who is nearly 102-years-old.
Eve suffered several mini-strokes late October, and was confined to bed after some 37,105 days of mobility. I expected brief conversation and lack of concentration. Imagine my surprise when I brought out my iPad to show Mum a short video made for her 100th birthday, and she began tapping the screen like a pro! I suspect she’d have been a genealogy techie if born in a later era. Although her legs no longer work, Eve’s mind is all there.
What began as a farewell visit soon became a journey into family history.
Some days, my sister Susan came with me to see Eve. Other days, I was on my own. Both situations opened up the past in unique ways. One visit, our combined memories had Mum singing, laughing, and even trying to whistle. She used to whistle tunes in her youth, in a day when it was an un-ladylike thing to do. She still recalls her father telling her an old phrase, “A whistling woman and a crowing hen, are neither fit for God nor men.” It didn’t stop her. She continued to whistle throughout her life.
Another day, Mum suddenly began talking to me about giving birth to triplets, not twins, when my siblings Susan and Malcolm were born. She said the third child died within hours of birth and wasn’t given a name. Susan and I are now investigating that snippet of valuable information. The births took place during World War II in a remote village hospital with no modern medical resources. My mother and the twins nearly died. For whatever reason, my parents never mentioned this extra boy to me or my brother and sister as we grew up. If Eve had died years ago, this new fact would have remained unknown.
As we showed Mum old photographs of ancestors, she recognized each one and named most without hesitation. At one point, she told us all the names of her 12 siblings from memory, in the right order, and fast. Impressive! She is the last remaining member of her family and is excited to join them all when her life on earth ends.
In between visits to my mother, my husband and I explored other local places from our own and our children’s past, such as towns and parks (see below). When we told Mum about these places, the memories multiplied.
Yay for my Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner!
While at my sister’s house, I had access to a treasure trove of old family photographs, certificates, records, news clippings, and more. Because I had my little Flip-Pal mobile scanner with me, I was able to quickly scan everything, and return to the USA with excellent copies of documents I hadn’t seen before, which are now digitally preserved for future generations. I even scanned larger documents with no problem, using Flip-Pal’s stitch feature. A few of these are included below.
A final bonus occurred the night before we flew home from Manchester airport. After a week of strong family feelings, my husband, who hadn’t seen one of his brothers for 16 years, knocked on his brother’s door in Manchester. We spent a great evening catching up and reminiscing.
There’s something about extended family ties that is hard to ignore. Venturing down genealogy lane gave me back a unity and sense of belonging I’ve missed after living away from England all these years.
I shall forever carry a mental picture of the last goodbye wave from my sweet mum. I stood in the open doorway waving back at her and said, “Remember, when you’re in heaven and you want to get my attention, just whistle and I’ll know it’s you.” She smiled and nodded, looking peaceful and wise. We blew kisses and I shut the door. Thank you and God bless you, Eve Tozer, for being my dear mother.
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If you think seeing genealogy displayed in colorful charts is fascinating, then this review of Progeny Genealogy Charting Companion™ is for you.
Progeny Charting Companion Tells Your Story
I recently began using Progeny Charting Companion™ and was immediately blown away by the beautiful charts created from my genealogy progam (RootsMagic).
Charting Companion is for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8, and is compatible with all genealogy programs, including:
- Ancestral Quest
- Family Historian
- Family Tree Maker (2007 and earlier, 2010–2014; other versions use GEDCOM)
- GEDCOM (all programs)
- Legacy Family Tree
- Roots Magic (ver. 4 and later)
I first chose the full circle fan shape from the 14 charts offered, and began with eight generations as that fits nicely on an 8” x 11” page for printing. The poster version lets me print up to 16 generations and that’s next on my to-do list.
Progeny Ancestor Fan Chart
The Ancestor Fan Chart can be colored according to gender, generation or lineage, and can be traditional semicircle, a quarter circle, or a full circle. You don’t need to mess with making things fit, as the Ancestor Fan Chart does it all for you. It automatically scales to fit whatever size paper you have selected. Pretty smart software!
Another nifty thing that I really like is the program’s ability to alert you if you try to print more generations than can fit on your chosen paper size. If you get the warning, simply choose fewer generations.
These colorful charts are excellent for sharing genealogy discoveries with family and friends. They are easy to attach to emails, and post on blogs and social media sites. We live in a marvelous age where we can explore our family history electronically, and connect generations as never before. I’m grateful for products such as these that help spread the wonder that is genealogy.
More Charts from Genealogy Charting Companion™
More Products from Progeny Genealogy
I can’t wait to review more exciting Progeny Genealogy products as outlined below:
- Progeny 3D Family Tree™ ~ the only program that displays your family tree in 3 dimensions.
- Genelines™ ~ unique timeline charts that show your lineage against a backdrop of historical, world or family events.
- Map My Family Tree™ ~ a unique genealogy product that shows your ancestor’s geographical distribution and the migration patterns that shaped your family’s history.
Where to Buy Progeny Genealogy Charting Companion™
- Companion 5 with Charting Companion™ (download) costs $29.95 from progenygenealogy.com
- The CD costs $34.95 + shipping.
- There is also a free trial option at progenygenealogy.com