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Forget Black Friday Deals, Promote the National Day of Listening

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2008 | by Mark Tucker

Preserving the past by talking with those who lived in it is a topic close to the hearts of genealogists. 

Many are looking forward to the day after Thanksgiving to take advantage of all the sales in stores.  In a tough economy that is important to people.

But whether or not you participate in all the frenzy of shopping, the nonprofit group StoryCorps wants your support in making the day after Thanksgiving known for something more important – preserving the past.  StoryCorps wants us to start this year in the creation of a new holiday, the National Day of Listening.

I heard about this on NPR on my way to work on Monday and thought I would try and get the word out.  Here is the summary of their project from their website:

This holiday season, ask the people around you about their lives – it could be your grandmother, a teacher, or someone from the neighborhood. By listening to their stories, you will be telling them that they matter and they won’t ever be forgotten. It may be the most meaningful time you spend this year.

 To participate, follow 4 easy steps:

  1. Learn
  2. Participate
  3. Listen
  4. Share

If you don’t know how to start, download the do-it-yourself guide and follow the steps.

It just might be the best family tradition that you ever started.

 You can also show your support by donation or becoming a fan of StoryCorps on Facebook.

Mesa Family History Expo 2008 in 4 days

Monday, 10 Nov 2008 | by Mark Tucker

This is an exciting week for family historians and genealogists in the Phoenix area as the 1st annual Mesa Arizona Family History Expo will start this Friday, November 14th.  As a resident of Phoenix, I’ve thought for a long time that Arizona would be a great place to hold a family history conference (especially in the fall and winter months) and I am happy to see that one is coming.  If all goes well this year, then we can look forward to the sponsors, Family History Expos.com, returning again for many years to come.

On Friday and Saturday I will be attending classes and visiting the booths in the exhibit hall.  On Saturday at 2:30pm in the Palo Verde II room, I will be presenting:

Navigating Research with the Genealogical Proof Standard
(Beginner – Experienced) This class discusses the Genealogical Proof Standard and walks the student through the process by way of a visualization called the Genealogy Research Process map. Each step is explored through case study and uses traditional and online resources.

I hope that you can make it to the presentation.  If any blog readers are attending the conference and you happen to see me, then come say “hello.”

Until then, I will be counting down the days.

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