Saturday, 28 February 2015 20:32

Interview with Tamu Smith, Sistas in Zion: Is Blogging Genealogy?

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Tamu Smith, from Sistas In Zion is used to taking a humorous approach to most things - she even tackles the very serious side of Genealogy in my interview with her.

I loved sharing some laughs with Tamu as we discuss a lighter approach to the sometimes, very serious business of Genealogy.  I think you'll hear that we both believe there's room for all, and value in everyone's contributions.  (And listen in to hear how she received a "shout out" from Jenna Bush, former President, George Bush's daugher - hello!)

Last modified on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 15:39
Carol Rice

I grew up in a home rich with family heritage. My mom loved genealogy and knew how to breathe life into dusty documents and color to faded black and white photos - my mom told me stories.

As a grown woman with five children of my own, I've tried to do the same. For years I did it through scrapbooking. But it didn't take long to realize that it wasn't my artistic skills my children really cared about. They never stopped on a page and said, "Mom, you matched that paper to my shirt - perfectly!" Nope. What they did say as they leaned across my lap, pointing at photos is, "Tell me the story!" "Tell me mom about the day I was born... Tell me mom about the day I cried when everyone sang me happy birthday... Tell me mom about my grandma and her garden..."

Don't worry if you haven't done it forever, just start today. The consistency and cumulative effect of one good question - just sharing one story a day, adds up.

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