There’s nothing quite like listening to the voices of your grandparents or parents telling their own story. You and your family have much to gain by listening to your ancestors where you can. But before you begin recording a relative’s precious words, it’s very important to come prepared.
Photos and documents cluttering your genealogy work space? We’ll show you how you can preserve–and even repair–your old photos to keep your memories around for future generations.
We’ve been having a great time here at RootsTech 2017! If you haven’t had a chance to attend, make sure to drop by this weekend. Here are some of the highlights of RootsTech 2017.
MyCanvas is pleased to attend RootsTech 2017 this year! We’ve partnered with Ancestry.com to help you turn your treasured family history into family treasures. Because RootsTech 2017 is only 5 days away, here are 5 reasons you should visit MyCanvas’ booth at #215 this year!
As we research our family trees, we all have fragile piles of paper that only we understand. Filing systems we created on the fly, and other lumps of organized chaos. However, every genealogist has to come to grips with organization sooner or later. Looking at all those notes, records, photos, and folders, it’s easy to feel intimidated by the thought of clearing clutter. We’ve compiled some easy tips for helping you save space with your genealogy work.
Not too long ago, genealogists had to crawl through cold, dark archives and musty libraries. Computers came along to ease searches after that, but it’s hard to sit at a desktop for hours on end, too. Now, with tablets and mobile phones, you can build and research your family tree anywhere! Search while sitting in the sun, on the go, or from the comfort of your couch. These great family history apps will…
Every family has heirlooms and precious family treasures. But some are easier to overlook than others. Recipes and memories of family gatherings fall into this category. Unlike jewelry or knickknacks, these are much more at risk of destruction or fading into oblivion. However, MyCanvas makes it easy to keep your family’s memories safe in an heirloom cookbook.
If we’re lucky enough to find photos from the 1800s, it’s easy to wonder why our ancestors didn’t smile. No matter how colorful their story, their black-and-white photos show only severity and stiffness. Here are several myths about our unsmiling ancestors, the facts, and some surprising photos of Victorians who broke the mold.
We’ve all been there: uncovering an ancestral line based on records or on family stories when suddenly the records vanish–and with them, our ancestor. Our family lore has failed us, and the records aren’t where we think they should be. Though it’s easy to feel disheartened, getting a negative search result is actually a good thing!
Moving away from what we think we know by expanding our search and thinking outside the box can refocus our attention on important details and on finding the correct path, rather than relying on inaccurate records and lore. Plus, it’s possible to find new data and paint a bigger, more accurate picture of our ancestors’ lives by searching outwards from pieces of known data. The empty spaces in your tree can lead to a far more interesting truth by reaching down avenues you would not have gone otherwise. Here are some of the benefits a negative search result can help your family history research:
Family Tree posters are a great way to share your heritage. One of the benefits of using MyCanvas is that you can completely customize your family history charts by adding pictures, embellishments, and choosing your favorite background.
Today, we want to share with you the three different ways MyCanvas offers for customizing family tree poster backgrounds…