Friday, January 28, 2011

Blog "2" Book with Blog2Print ~ Post #2

I sure raised a lot of questions with my blog post regarding Blog2Print! Wow! I decided there were enough questions to warrant another blog post on this subject instead of trying to answer everyone's questions individually. I just hope I can answer them all for you!

Before I go any further though, I would like to say that I have no affiliation what so ever with the Blog2Print company. I just happened to choose this company to print my blog.

                                          USER FRIENDLY

The Blog2Print home page has a section where you can actually page through a book. You can see pictures added, comments and other text. You can choose which cover you would like, what color, and what you would like to print, maybe your Facebook pages, your blog, Twitter pages, or Picassa, etc. If you choose to make the book of your blog, Blog2Print will ask you what blog platform you use, Blogger, Word Press or TypePad. You choose the title of the book and can make a dedication page. They make the process very simple! ****** Update! Upon Looking at the site tonight (1/28/2011) ~ Facebook, Twitter, Picassa, PDF and Word content is printed through !!!!


The first question comes from Mary of Mary's Musings. She asks ~

"Can you pick out certain posts when making the book?" 
You can choose labels, more than one at a time and those labeled items will only be pulled for the book. You can choose date ranges only, or labels and date ranges. You can choose everything and delete what you don't want. There are different ways to go about it, but I think you could choose just those posts you want to print by using labels.

Heather Rojo from Nutfield Genealogy asks several questions ~

Are the bindings sewed or glued?
I'd say the bindings are glued. 

How is the paper? Acid Free?
The paper is nice and thick, good quality to me. There is a comment on their home page from another blogger stating she was impressed with the paper and quality of the pictures, and I tend to agree. As far as being acid free, I have not seen anything stating that, so I doubt that any of it is. 

Can you keep a copy of your book on your own hard drive or is it uploaded to their server?
All of the information you choose is uploaded to their site.

Can you print it out on your own home computer?
No, because it is uploaded to their site. You can however order a download of it for a nominal fee.

Was it easy to edit?
Truthfully, I didn't edit a thing. I wanted it just as it on my blog. I am not sure that you can edit the text, I doubt it, but I could be wrong. As far as adding the pictures or comments etc, that is just a matter of checking the correct box.

Judith Richards Shubert  from Genealogy Traces has asked ~

How big did the pages turn out? Can you choose the size?
The pages are 8 1/2 X 11 and I don't remember seeing where you could change the size of the pages.

These were all excellent questions. I do not profess to know it all about Blog2Print, but I answered these questions to the best of my knowledge. I can see where some of these questions were leading. I do not think this is the answer for everyone's projects. There are definite limitations. For me, and my purpose, which was to save a copy of my blog, I am very pleased. If you are wanting to publish your genealogy, this may not be the route for you.

Blurb has been mentioned in the comments of the last post. I am not familiar with Blurb, so I can not compare. You will notice though in the comments of the last post, Brenda from Journey to the Past checked out Blurb and chose Blog2Print.

I hope I have answered your questions, thank you all for your comments and questions on my last post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2011 Cheryl Palmer

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Blog "2" Book with Blog2Print

One of the ways you can back up your blog is to have your blog turned into a book. I have been wanting to try this option for some time. During the crazy month of December and Christmas shopping I got a wild hair to have a sample of this done to see how I really liked the idea. Now, if you know me at all, you would know I hate to shop, except for at Christmas time because if I shop at all, I prefer to shop for others! It was a crazy and wild time for me this past Christmas as I bought several unexpected gifts for MYSELF!

What do you think of the cover? I like how the background subtly has "blog" written all over it. It is nice in person. For this book I chose one of my great grandfathers, Joseph Fleming, to grace the front of the book.

This is the back of the book. You can choose any picture from your blog posts to enter on the back. This picture happens to be from footnoteMAVEN's 5th Edition of  "Smile for the Camera" carnival, which I participated in. I just love all of the art work she does!

Again the background of the book has "blog" written all over.


To the right is a view of the front side or the book which lists the title of my blog. I haven't taken the time to read through the book yet, but from the looks inside I am very happy. You can choose to have the posts printed with or without the photos. I chose to include the photos (I didn't have many pictures posted though back then) and I am happy I did. They are part of the posts after all.

The company I went through is Blog2Print. I printed the first 4 months of my blog which completes the year 2008. The book has 117 pages and also shares the comments that were made. I thought the price was very reasonable and can't wait to do the next one. I am not sure if there was a page limit to the books, but I would love to get 2009 all in the next book!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

 Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Monday, January 24, 2011

Amanuensis Monday ~ Nationaltemplarorden: Lundberg

Back (which is the side you see first):
Public Education

Cover (right side):
Proof of Membership of Nationaltemplarorden in Sweden.

Below is th inside of this little book ~

This member certificate is valid only in the case, that the member in question, since this evidence was given, met its membership obligations, and the receipt of the currentquarterly fee is attached.

This is to certify that the holder thereof Hjalmar Lundberg is a member ofNationaltemplar-words, and thus takes this member all the rights.

Vikjs√∂ November 8, 1924

Uncertain of name     Chair.

 Theres Kystrom       Secretary.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Wikipedia - Nationaltemplarorden (NTO), a Christian Swedish temperance organization formed in 1922 through the merger of Nationalgodtemplarorden (NGTO) and Templarorden (TO)

Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Those Places Thursday ~ Famous Dave's with Sheri Fenley

This Thursday I am sharing with you a restaurant named Famous Dave's. No, I do not work for them nor do I have have any affiliation or obligation with the restaurant. If you remember, Sheri Fenley, "The Educated Genealogist" made an offer to me in the comments section of my post dated January 2, 2011, "Challenges not Resolutions." One of my "Challenges" has been sourcing. Here is the issue as I had posted it ~

"4. Source, source, source. I have worked on this before. For some reason I just can't get comfortable doing this. I wish I had someone who would sit down next to me and catch whatever my hang up is with this. I have all of the best source books, Mills Evidence Explained in particular. The hang-up is with me! Maybe someone can help! Need to find someone."

Here was Sheri's comment ~

"Well Roomie, Those are mighty big chunks you have on your plate. but they say you can eat an elephant if you do it one bite at a time. So anything is possible.

We live close enough to each other that we can do something like Denise Levenick and Amy Coffin are doing. 

Out of all the stuff we need/want to get accomplished this coming year, pick 3 of the most important and aim for those. 

Then we help each other get those 3 things done. For example - your source citations - I will come over and spend a day every couple of months or so with you and walk you through them as you enter them into your database. Before you know it, you'll be able to write them blindfolded!"

Now, who wouldn't want an "aka-roomie" ~ 

"aka:genie" ~ 

and an "aka: nun" ~

hanging around at your place? After all, she has those "get out of hell free cards" which I just may need one day! 

I immediately took Sheri up on her offer, I know many of you are " proud" I did this! (I am proud I did too!) The consensus was to meet up at Famous Dave's, which we did a couple of days ago. 

Are we "glowing" here or what? 

Wow, can we talk! I ate some of my lunch and suddenly realized I wasn't tasting any of it and it was really just in my way of socializing, so I packed it up in a doggie bag. Now, I was ready to get down to business!

Sheri and I discussed how we were going to "emulate Denise and Amy." (I wonder if they feel honored? See links to their challenges below) Actually, we discussed what we each would like to accomplish this year. I will let Sheri herself discuss, if she so chooses, her goals.

The genealogy goals I chose? Here are the three items that are my top priority I would like to accomplish:

1. Of course, attack those sources! I plan to start from scratch and rebuild my tree in Roots Magic. My original tree is in Family Tree Maker 2009 right now. I plan to rebuild my tree one person at a time, making sure each item for each person is sourced properly. I had started this before, but got confused with my sourcing and eventually stopped. (I think I have figured out that it is not so much how I source, my problem has been where I enter in the program to log information once a master source has been entered. Sheri answered a question I had, but I haven't yet been able to play with this information to see if that has been my issue or not, but let's hope that is! That would be a simple fix!)

2. This actually goes along with #1, but it is my second item. As I build my new tree, make sure all pictures and documents that I currently have, have been added for each individual. I believe there are documents in my binders that have not been scanned and or added to the appropriate profile on the computer. By the same token, I may have some information entered on the computer that has not been added to my hard copy files, my binders.

3. My third item is to take all of my pictures out of photo albums that are not archival safe, which would be most of them, if not all of them. I have only scanned one album of my own personal collection, so I need to scan the pictures from these albums, and then of course file appropriately. 

Sheri and I made plans to hook up again the end of March to go over how we are doing with our challenges. I have already heard there has been an unexpected change for Sheri so we may be moving that date up a bit! 

No pressure now is there? My plans are out in the open, can't let my roomie, aka the geni, aka the nun, down! Better get cracking, for now, at least to see if what I learned about entering sources has been my hang up or not!

Be sure to follow Amy and Denise with their challenges, which you can find on Amy's blog at We Tree and Denise's blog at The Family Curator. I noticed Amy has an update also which is posted here. Amy had asked if her genealogy friends were up for the challenge, Sheri and I are! Even though we didn't get as fancy as Amy and Denise by choosing our challenges from specific categories, we have chosen them. I wish us all luck!

How about you, are you up for the challenge?

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

 Copyright © 2011 Cheryl Palmer

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday ~ Historic Route 66

Historic Route 66. Photo taken mid October, 2010. Near Laughlin, Nevada. Photo taken and held by Cheryl. [Address for private use] California. 2011

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

 Copyright © 2011  Cheryl Palmer

Friday, January 7, 2011

Family Tree Maker for Mac

I received this press release from a few hours ago~


Downloadable Version of the #1-Selling Family History Software Available Today
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., January 6, 2011– today announced the launch of Family Tree Maker® for Mac on the Mac App Store. Family Tree Maker for Mac provides an easy way to save and organize your family tree conveniently on your Mac and has a variety of tools that can help you share your discoveries with family and friends.
“We are excited that Family Tree Maker for Mac is now available for download on the Mac App Store,” ,” said Eric Shoup, Senior Vice President of Product for “We’re committed to making our Family Tree Maker products easily accessible to everyone and this is yet another resource available from to enable everyone to discover, preserve and share their family history.”
Family Tree Maker for Mac combines intuitive tools with robust features and flexible options, making it ideal for family history novices and experts alike.  A dynamic user interface and integration with makes it simple to create family trees, record memories, and organize photos, videos and audio clips, plus share ancestors’ stories. It’s even possible to explore family migration paths by viewing timelines and interactive maps that highlight events and places in ancestors' lives.
Family Tree Maker for Mac is built on the functionality of Family Tree Maker 2010 , and is constructed from the ground up to take full advantage of the Mac platform in terms of technology and user experience. 
System requirements for Family Tree Maker for Mac include:
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • Intel-based Mac
  • Hard Disk Space: 500MB for installation
  • Internet access is required for all Web integration
Family Tree Maker for Mac is now available for purchase and electronic download online on the Mac App Store for $99.99. The program is also available at and in select retail stores, including Apple’s retail stores, Amazon, Office Depot, and Office Max.
About Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with nearly 1.4 million paying subscribers. More than 6 billion records have been added to the site in the past 14 years. Ancestry users have created more than 20 million family trees containing over 2 billion profiles. has local Web sites directed at nine countries that help people discover, preserve and share their family history, including its flagship Web site at

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My Challenges, not Resolutions

Warning: This is a long post and asks for your input! It also does not have any gorgeous pictures or artwork to beautify and break up the paragraphs. Finally, Heritage Happens is in an update mode from the Christmas Holidays, so please bear with me.  

I do not have New Years resolutions. I stopped making them a few years ago. I have however had several ideas going on in my mind as of late and thought I really would like to work on some of these things. The new year is prime opportunity to analyze what I can actually accomplish.

I have been mulling around also, using this blog for more than just my personal genealogy. Anything I do at any given time will eventually become my history, so why not? I could start a couple more blogs, but after you read this I think you will agree that I will not be having time for any more blogs.

1. Make at least one new Christmas stocking. I took pictures finally, of the stockings I have made. There have been so many additions to my family that I have found I need to make more than I thought! I was surprised when I noticed only three of  the stockings were hand made, which means more than half need to be made still.

2. Walk 10,000 steps at least three to five days a week, every week. Last year I made it to 2 days a week, some weeks. Would like to be more consistent and dedicated to this. I share my walking on Sundays on Facebook, called "Sharing Sunday." Several people have joined along the way. The idea is to decide what YOU would like to accomplish each week physically, and share that goal on my Sharing Sunday post. It can be anything, running, work outs at the gym, walking, bike riding, hiking, zumba, etc. Each Sunday share how you did that week with your goal. Everyone is there to support everyone else. There is no right or wrong, we do what we can and try to keep each other motivated! If you would like to join in on Sharing Sunday, leave a comment on my Sharing Sunday post this coming Sunday! The more the merrier!

3. Loose weight. This is a forever and always a goal in my life. I want to get healthier all the way around. It all takes time, so it is a continuing process. I did loose some weight last year, but the major drop in weight will happen this year, I feel it!

4. Source, source, source. I have worked on this before. For some reason I just can't get comfortable doing this. I wish I had someone who would sit down next to me and catch whatever my hang up is with this. I have all of the best source books, Mills Evidence Explained in particular. The hang-up is with me! Maybe someone can help! Need to find someone.

5. Make all my event cards again for the year, with more dedication and creativity. I actually did this last year, it was kind of a challenge to myself. There were a couple times I didn't have a card and needed to buy one. I made my husband do it. My goal was not to purchase a card all year. I did it last year, so I know I can do it again! Hopefully I won't have to rely on my husband at all this year, but twice wasn't to bad for a whole year!

6. Start an online craft store. Have been thinking about this for well over a year, maybe close to two years now. I still have a desire to do it. I just need to work on it and make it happen.

7. Work on crafts for the store. I have some ideas, plans and things I want to make. Need to dedicate some time.

8. Start dog sitting business. After watching two adorable dogs during the week of Christmas convinced me I would really love to house sit dogs, at my house. I have a friend who does this and she makes some darn good money. My plan would be twofold, a few extra bucks would be nice, and the enjoyment of having the dogs would be grand. My dog is getting older and who knows how long he will be around for. I don't think I want to get another dog right after this one passes. If had a little dog sitting business, I would be able to enjoy those companions, and not have the responsibility of my own when we decided to travel. We are planning to do more traveling and I do not wish to add more responsibility to my daughter when we do. She is a vet tech and already has several pets to care for.

9. Blog at least 2 days a week to all blogs. This actually means I am going to cut down on my blogging here, but hopefully add blog posts to other blogs. By doing so, I may end up having longer blog posts here though, we shall see.

10. Organize all paperwork and genealogy information as I work through the sourcing, to see what backup information I need on each individual I work on.

11. Re-committ to Yoga. I have missed going for the past few weeks through the Holidays and my body is telling me I need to get back! I really miss this and walking.

12. Finish the Harley quilt. This project has been on hold through the holidays. During holiday time, I do not plan to do anything but holiday related things. I have actually worked a tiny bit on it since Christmas and look forward to learning more about the process as I journey along to completion.

13. Organize my crafts and crafting space. I do have many crafts I enjoy. I need a whole room to dedicate to it! For now I have chosen to use the guest room as I am not expecting guests for awhile. I have card/scrapbooking supplies, quilting, sewing, tatting, knitting, embroidery and crocheting supplies also. I would like to have quick and easy access to where everything is at any given time. My original master bedroom is going to go through some transformation! Who would have thought a four bedroom house wasn't big enough for two people?  One bedroom is our co-office, one is for the grandchildren and one is our bedroom. The last bedroom is the original master bedroom and bath and now is the guest room. Let's see what I can do in this room to make it a craft/guest room. Thankfully it is a decent size room.

14. Work on, if not totally complete my daughter and son in law's embroidered wedding sampler I started about 6 years ago.

15. Actually do some genealogy research!!!!!! Seems the research end has dwindled, not that I am complaining, I have met some fabulous knew cousins that I may not have ever found if I "wasn't researching."

These are a few things I would like to work on and as of now, I do not have an actual plan or commitment when and how I will work on all of this. It is difficult to say I will do certain things on certain days at certain times as I do watch my grandchildren part time.  Sometimes there is change with that schedule. Sometimes we travel. Sometimes I golf, sometimes I fish, and sometimes I ride my Harley. I love having that open schedule to a certain degree, to do what I want when I want.

I tend to have more ambition than time, and because of this my ambition gets lost at times. To much I always want to do. I suppose I could try taking a month working on one project, another month on another project, or maybe I should break it down to each week?

However you look at it, I have a whole year to try to accomplish some of these things. Some things I need to work on daily, that is a given, but the others? Well, let's just hope I accomplish something, somehow.

A few questions for you which may help me make some decisions! Would you please help me out by making some suggestions on these questions and/or anything else in this post? My scrambled up brain thanks you very much!

1. How do you feel about some change to content of this blog? Is it realistic? (I really think I know the answer…)
2. Time wise, how do you suggest I tackle some of these projects? What works best for you? One day genealogy, one day crafting? One week one project, the next week another project?
3. Do you have a great name for a dog-sitting business?
4. Would you be interested in seeing projects I make or am working on?
5. And finally, can you please clone me into another person?

With that I am off to take "before pictures" of my guest bedroom. This is all going to be very interesting…and time consuming!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Saturday, January 1, 2011


 Happy New Year to you all! 
Wishing you a happy, healthy, safe & sane New Year!

Do you realize today is 1/1/11?

Time to tally all of the comments that were left on my blog last year. I have given the top 5 of the first two thirds of the year before. Here they are again~

January through April, these were the top five ~ (7 because of a tie)

Michelle Goodrum ~ The Turning of Generations
Mary ~ Mary's Musings
Greta Koehl ~ Greta's Genealogy Blog
Lori Hellmund ~ Genealogy and Me
Taylorstales ~ Taylorstales Geneology 
Lindalee ~ Flipside

By the end of August, these were the top five ~ (9 because of ties)

Gini ~ Ginisology
Rootdigger ~ A Rootdigger
Miriam ~ Ancestories
Bill West ~ West in New England

Now acknowledging all of those people who left comments from August through the end of the year~

Michelle Goodrum ~  The Turning of Generations
Gini ~ Ginisology
Peggy Higgins ~ My Genealogy Pondering
Ginger Smith ~ Genealogy By Ginger
Lori H. ~ Genealogy and Me
Jan Lundberg ~ Min egen lilla seda
Tenn Lady ~ Gene Notes
Lindalee ~ Flipside
Craig Manson ~ GeneaBlogie
Elizabeth O'Neil ~ Little Bytes of Life
Kerry Scott ~ Clue Wagon
Marian Pierre-Louis ~ Roots and Rambles
Images Past ~ Images Past
Selvage Quilter ~ Selvage Quilts
Nolichucky Roots ~ Nolichucky Roots
Heather Rojo ~ Nutfield Genealogy 
Homestead Mommy ~ Homestead Mommy
Kristen Cleage ~ My Cleages and Reeds
Amy Coffin ~ We Tree
Judith Richards Shubert ~ Genealogy Traces
Marianne (Sakkalo) ~ Sakkalo - ganske enkelt
Coloring Outside the Lines ~ Coloring Outside the Lines
Diana R. ~  Random Relatives
Tammy-Renee ~ Rosie Cotton
Janet Isles ~ Janet the Researcher
Carol Yates Wilkerson ~ iPentimento
Cindy Bergeron Scherwinski ~ In My Life
A Rootdigger ~ A Rootdigger
CJ From Georgia
Harriet ~ Genealogy Fun
Becky Jamison ~ Grace and Glory
Linda Gartz ~ Family Archaeologist
TCastill ~ Tangled Trees
Miriam ~  AnceStories

The top five at the end of the year are~

MaryMary's Musings

I would truly like to thank you all again for commenting on my blog. I really do appreciate it! Sometimes that is what keeps me posting!

Now, are you ready for the Grand Prize Winner of Root's Magic? Drum roll please.................and the winner is...............

Mary from Marys Musings!

Congratulations Mary! See what happens just because you left so many comments on my blog? Please contact me at geneaminded at with your mail address and I will get this program out to you just as soon as possible! What a way to start the new year!

I have to say, there were only about nine posts difference between the top five people who left the most comments. So very close!

Many thanks to Bruce Buzbee who so kindly donated this Roots Magic 4 to me, so I could give it away!

May 2011 Be a Fantastic year for you!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

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