Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Many family history participants are able to help themselves as well as others by scanning photos and documents for preservation.

What's great about scanning these items is that they can be scanned, preserved and shared with others by placing them online.

I am offering a service of scanning items for just $1.00 per page.  From there they can be put online or I can send you a DVD with your scanned items.

If interested, contact me directly.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


When doing research it is always helpful to keep a record of where you have been and what you learned.  There are many forms to use.  Some are census, marriages, graveyards etc.

Many are free for the downloading.  Family Search website and Family Tree Magazine are good resources.  Right now Family Tree is offering some free down loads, or you have the option of creating your own.

The key is to simplify your research in a way that it is organized and easy to retrieve which will prevent you from doing duplicate work.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Several years ago I worked for an Internet Company as the Genealogy Specialist.  Over the recent years since that time I have seen so much more information come online to help people research their families history.  A whole new world has opened up!

Listed below are some of my favorite links and I hope others will find them helpful in their research.
this is an ongoing project which is free and the genealogy of Hellenic people who settled in the Western United States.  New histories are welcome!
an international site to search for original records
this is a place to locate burials as well as a place a memory to your own family
 a free site to locate newly indexed records as well as a place to have a family tree, post pictures as well as family stories
 the free side of
 immigration and ship records to the United States

 a subscription to American historical newspapers
war grave site for military heroes

a great blog on Hellenic  genealogy and a source for purchasing Greek documents translated into English for a minimal cost

Friday, April 26, 2013


One thing I absolutely love about people who do genealogy research is that in most cases they seem to be willing to help one another or keep their eyes open for those sir names that others are researching.

Yesterday I received an email from Sarah, who I had only met once, but we have a similar interest in Greek research.  She remembered that I was researching the Haramis line.  Her mother had asked her to go through some papers of a family member who had recently passed away.

There she found some pedigree charts from the Haramis family that she shared with me as well as a couple of other people.  I was so delighted to receive the charts!

Besides the great satisfaction one gets from researching their own families, it is also a gentle reminder of some of the wonderful people in this world who work for the common good of remembering those who came before us.

Thank You to all those who help to share in this work.  No matter if it is sharing reports, documents, pictures,stories etc, it all comes together.

Its interesting to observe how when we help someone else, it always comes full circle!

Monday, February 20, 2012



A world wide call for volunteers has been issued by Peter Adamis for a huge project. This will include anyone associated with Laconia. There will be pictures, documents, histories etc. Please check out his information at the link.

Monday, February 13, 2012

In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.
Alex Haley

Thursday, October 27, 2011


An important aspect of your family history is writing your own life story, rather than leaving it to someone else to do after you are gone.  It will be more accurate with accurate details.  After all, no one knows your feelings and experiences better than anyone.

Write about the people who had an effect on your life.  Listed below is the obituary of my Mission President, Louis Kent Payne. This was someone who had a profound effect on my life.  Be sure to include pictures if you can, they make the whole experience to prepare the writing as well as to read much  more pleasant.

I like to use the Roots Magic program because it gives you the option to create a book  including title pages, credits as well as a photo album.  However you can use any word processing program.

President Spencer W. Kimball stated that those who keep a daily journal are most apt to keep the Lord a part of their daily lives.  A great deal of information can be gleaned from the past of your life by writing and keeping journals.

My great grandfather, John Paskett Stevens wrote his life story shortly before he passed away.  He was able to recall memories of what life was like when his parents were fighting off the "Mormon crickets."  That has been a great experience for his posterity to read about events that took place during his childhood.  We can leave the same kind of treasure for those who come after us.