55,000 and counting…

On CBS Sunday Morning, there was a segment on the Shakers Club and its convention–as in salt and pepper shakers. People brought segments of their collections. In the rooms above the convention floor, there were thousands of shakers you could buy to add to your collection. And the sales were brisk.

One woman had married a builder and he built a beautiful home to house her more than 55,000 shakers. He then built on to the house another section to display her new acquisitions–they both laughed at the thought that this was all there would be.

A man in my neighborhood has set a goal for himself in 2016 to index 90,000 names from the digital records now added to FamilySearch.org–he is a retired company executive and he spends hours every day indexing records so that you and I can find ancestors when we look. We depend on those indexers for our ancestors names!

Do your New Year’s Resolutions include adding names to your family genealogy? Traveling to the place your ancestor came from? Proving the identity of a great-grandfather whose bio details are skimpy? Finding the parents of a woman whose name appears in nothing? Determining the place of birth of one who is recorded in a marriage only?

There are genealogy shakers–just waiting for you to “buy” them on the open tables at the convention. In pairs, two-by-two these shakers tempt your eye? With color. With form. With style. With matching characteristics. Choose me. Choose me. Choose me!

And now we have some amazing new research tools available that will make the choosing process  easier than ever before. Stay tuned! As I share right here on this blog–some of these tools and how you can use them to advantage in gathering more ancestors into your collection. Your favorite genealogist, Arlene Eakle http://arleneeakle.com.

PS You won’t want to miss even a single episode in this series. Stay tuned!


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