My name is Dawn, and I am a mom of 4 and military wife. I started my Genealogy journey years ago as a young girl sitting in the kitchen beside my Great Aunt Lovella, Grandma Ola and my mother, while they gathered research and shared stories. My Aunt Lovella and Grandma passed away in 2009, I became the Family Historian for my family, preserving photos, and documents for the next generation. It was then that I realized I had missed such a grand opportunity that I could never get back again. Even though I had listened to stories, and research shared, there was so much I missed. The personal stories, such as how the love stories began, favorite dishes, where our family Cranberry recipe came from, why has it been such a guarded treasure.
Recently I visited my Aunt Theresa and got a chance to share stories, this time asking more personal ones. What was Grandma’s Grandmother like? I read letters she had written to Grandma, and heard stories of how Grandma, even as a single mom of 3 would send them out with some change to buy a Birthday gif and how Great Great Grandma Nancy always wore a corset, even as she got older.
When I went to college I wanted to become a Paralegal, and while that is no longer my path, I am using the Research Skills I learned and applying them to become a Certified Genealogist. I am a volunteer for many Genealogy Organizations, such as FindAGrave.com, ICAPGen.org, and NamesInStone.com. I use My Memories and Daisy trail Software to preserve these wonderful treasures.
I started my blog DawnsDelightsArt.com to share with others how to research and preserve their family history, and photos. I will also share how to preserve these memories through scrapbooking, and digital scrapbooking. With the Digital Scrapbooking I will share at least one free digital scrapbook layout each week from My Memories.com. Another pastime hobby I learned from Grandma was saving money. She had grown up during the Depression and was a divorced single mom, who could squeeze a penny till it screamed for mercy. Those techniques and new ones I will share in addition to deals that are available through Groupon, Living Social, and Coupons.com.
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