Saturday, December 31, 2011

Family History Expo - January 20-21, 2012

The Arizona Family History Expo is just around the corner.  The event is January 20th and 21st in Mesa.  Visit Arizona Family History Expo to register for the event.

I am looking forward to seeing some of my fellow Pima County Genealogical Society members that I have convinced to attend the Expo.  Too bad the expo is on our regular meeting day, we will leave Barbara Salyer and the rest of the society members to hold their own while we gather new info to share with the group.

I am also looking forward to seeing Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems, catching up with some of my favorite vendors - perhaps check in to some digital scapbooking????? and checking in with Bruce Buzbee and the RootsMagic crew.  I promised to assist our wonderful member Colleen McHugh during her dinner break presentation What do Skeletons and Family History Have In Common?  I will also be looking forward to seeing my fellow Geneabloggers and meeting some new folks while I am there.  Aren't genealogists some of the nicest and friendliest folks around!

This year the expo is offering Free Book Scanning.  FamilySearch is offering to scan your family history book and give you a digital copy on a flash drive provided by FamilySearch for your convenience.  See Book Scanning for additional information and to sign up online to reserve time for your scan. 

Don't forget to take advantage of the Ask-the-Pros.  The sign up should be up and available at Ask-the-Pros shortly.  Come in with a question and leave with a solution!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Flip-pal and the Car Dealer - UPDATE

I did a post on December 20 about taking my Flip-pal to the car dealer.  Guess what!  Flip-pal called!  Robin at Flip-pal thanked me for the post.  I jokingly said I should sell the Flip-pal after my numerous demonstrations and Robin said I could sell through my blog.

The important thing is that my level of respect has increased two fold for the product.  What a great company to take the time out of their day to thank me for the post.  I thank you Flip-pal for making my scanning easier and faster.  Looking forward to see your company continue to grow and I'll think about adding that link to the blog......... purchase your own at  Flip-Pal

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My Other Life

Sheri Fenley at the The Educated Genealogist  posted "My Other Life" a listing of what occupies her time when genealogy doesn't.  I thought I would own up to my own misguided life.

I some times work as a private investigator.....

I sew.  I make ornaments with glass, solder and images of my family. My husband and I make spoon rings and I use the remnants to make ornaments.

I watch CSI, Bones, Castle, Law & Order, The Closer, PanAm and the Big Bang Theory.  I watch Lifetime and Hallmark movies that make me cry.

I cook and bake.

My husband and I have one child left at home that resides with us when she is not at Northern Arizona University - the rest are out of the house - so we have upped our traveling.

I play with my dogs and cuddle with my old tom cat Frank.

I do Suduko, read mysteries and romance novels.



Monday, December 26, 2011

Family History Expo - Mesa Az Jan 20-21

It's not too late!  You still have time to registration for the Family History Expo in Mesa January 20-21st.
The event will be held at the Mesa Convention Center, 262 N. Center Street, Mesa, Arizona.  Registration fee
is $69 for both days, Friday only $59, Saturday only $59, registration at the door $99.  Information on the expo is available at Family History Expos.


Attention Tucson researchers:  the Mesa Family Library is closed  both January 20-21.  Come a day early to research at the library or spend the morning of the 20th (expo starts at 1 pm for registration) with the Genealogy  Collection, housed in the Law and Research Library at the State Capitol.   The library is home to family histories, community histories, genealogy journals, online genealogical services and genealogy for just about every state and  region in the United States.  You can search the library's catalog at Library Catalog Searches.  The Law and Research Library is located at 1700 W. Washington Street, Suite 300, in Phoenix.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Santa, Matt and Me 1967

Matt, Santa and Amy 1967
Thought I would share a picture of my brother and I with Santa.  The picture was taken 1967 at Randhurst Mall located in Mount Prospect, Illinois.  Randhurst built in 1967, the first enclosed regional mall in the Chicagoland area and the first air conditioned space in the United States.  I remember the statues of the penguins we played on and the dance classes I attended in the basement floor of the mall.  The mall has been through a dramatic change.  The last time I visited Illinois I drove right by it, no longer a single mall under one roof, it has been renamed Randhurst Villiage with numerous business in an open space design.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Call For Bloggers - Family History Expos in Arizona and Utah

Family History Expos is now accepting applications for those interested in participating as Bloggers of Honor at one of the following Expos:

Yuma Arizona Expo January 17
Hilton Garden Inn/Pivot Point Conference Center
103 Madison
Yuma, Arizona

Mesa Arizona Expo January 20-21
Mesa Convention E Center
263 N. Center Street
Mesa, Arizona

St. George Utah Expo February 24-25
The Dixie Center
1835 Convention Center Dr.
St. George, Utah

Types of Blogs that will qualify you as a Blogger of Honor:
Family History or Genealogy Blog
Family History Product or Service Provider
Library, Archive or Research Center
Professional Genealogist
Preservation Awareness
Restoration Projects
Information Provider
Other Blogs of Historical Interest

Chosen Bloggers of Honor will receive:
Full Registration Benefits
Listing on Event Website with Hotlink to Blog
Gift Bag Provided by Expo Sponsors and Exhibitors

Bloggers of Honor will be expected to:
Pre-Event
  Announce the Expo and Sponsors
  Promote Expo Speakers, Exhibitors, and Activities
  Share Press Release Information
On-site
  Highlight Websites
  Share Blogging Tips with Attendees
  Report Daily on Presentations and Exhibits
Post-Event
  Summarize Overall Expo Experience


To be considered a Blogger of Honor fill out the application the application located below and submit to Family History Expos at bloggers@fhexpos.com.

BLOGGER OF HONOR APPLICATION
Your Full Name:
Address:
Phone:
Email Address:
Blog URL:
Blog Description:
Which Event(s):
Three References:
  1. Name and contact information (Phone and email address)
  2. Name and contact information (Phone and email address)
  3. Name and contact information (Phone and email address)
300 word essay on why you want to be a Blogger of Honor:


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Flip-Pal and the car dealer

I had put it off long enough, it was time to take the car in for it's maintenance.  The only reason I had put if off was the time involved sitting around at the dealer.  This time I packed ahead of time.  I grabbed my unfinished Christmas cards, two stacks of photos from Grandam Eva's estate and my Flip-pal.  I finished the cards in the first thirty minutes.  I then moved on to the photos.  I pulled my Flip-pal out, set up a little processing area (one arm of the chair for photos to be scanned, and the other arm for photos that have been scanned) and began scanning.  I went through about fifteen photos before the first person approached and asked me what I was doing.  I explained the Flip-pal, gave them a demonstration and the man walked away after asking for a pen and paper to write down the name of the scanner.  I scanned about ten more photos before the next person approached.  This time it was a man and wife.  I went through the explanation and a demonstration.  They wrote down the info on the scanner and disappeared.  Next the salesman came over.  "What are you doing?", again with the explanation and demonstration.  I have now been at the dealer for about an hour.  I had a chance to finish up one stack of photos and went on to the second stack.  Guess what, more folks came into the service area and again I explained the product and  performed demonstrations - three more times to be exact.  Thank heavens the car was done, I was out of photos - total scanned forty five- and the lady next to me decided after my demonstration that we were best friends and she was telling me all about her age spots and bladder issues.

I love my Flip-pal, perhaps I should work for them and then I would be getting a commission on all the sales I generated during my time at the dealer.  I have heard some buzz that folks prefer to save their photos in a tiff format rather than jpeg. You can use the Flip-pal to scan the photos, upload them to your computer and then save them in tiff rather than jpeg.  For more information on the Flip-pal visit http://flip-pal.com/  Happy scanning!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Family Recipe Friday - Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

1 lb butter or can use mixture of half margarine/half butter
2 cups powdered sugar
4 egg yolks
2 tsp. vanilla
5 cups flour

Cream butter until light and fluffy.  Add powdered sugar mixing well.  Add yolks one at a time mixing well after each addition.  Mix in vanilla.  Add flour one cup at a time until thoroughly mixed. Wrap dough in plastic and chill for at least two hours.

Preheat oven to 350.  Roll out dough to desired thickness and cut out shapes.  Decorate with sugars.  Bake 12-15 minutes.  Let cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes before removing them from pan.

Tip:  I bake on parchment paper.  It keeps the pans clean and I think the cookies bake better on it.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

Family Recipe Friday - Snickerdoodles

1 c. soft shortening (half butter, half margarine or Crisco works best)
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 c. flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. sugar

Mix shortening, sugar and eggs thoroughly. Mix flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Stir all ingredients. Form into balls the size of a small walnut. Roll balls in mixture of 2 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 400 for 8 to 10 minutes.

These are my younger kids favorites cookies.  I don't mind having these around because I am never tempted to eat them - it seems that any recipe with cream of tarter in it makes me sick to my stomach.  

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Advent Calendar – December 8, 2011

Did your family or ancestors make Christmas Cookies? How did you help? Did you have a favorite cookie?  Post 8 in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories hosted by Geneabloggers.com

Ah cookies......Mom always made sugar cookies with us when we were younger.  I fondly remember baking cookies with Mom when we were younger.  I also remember the hot chocolate Mom made to have with our cookies.  The hot chocolate just doesn't taste the same unless Mom makes it.

When my own children were younger I enlisted their help, now with the kids out of the house Gary stepped in and helped to decorate them this year.  A new Urman tradition has been born - we are "the sugar cookie team".  I was in charge of rolling and Gary was in charge of decorating and overseeing the baking.

Juliana and I made cookie tins and trays just last night so it was a delight to see a cookie prompt for today.  Funny thing is I over baked this year.  We put the trays together for the gas station, national guard, friends and family and I still have left over cookies.  I started baking this year in October, perhaps next year I will keep to just the month of November and some of December.  I have been posting some of the more popular cookies recipes on Fridays on this blog under Family Recipe Friday. A big favorite is the Rolo Cookie Recipe which seems to win over anyone that tries them.  Anyone need a cookie fix?  My freezer is still stocked!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Winter Memories - Not So Wordless Wednesday

Amy Clark, 1971 
A recent cold snap here in Arizona reminded me of the cold of my youth.  Not that there is much of a comparison to the Chicago area and Tucson, it is cold for a Tucson winter right now.  I remember playing in the snow and having a wonderful time.  Oddly enough I don't remember the being cold.  Now that I am older and living in a "warmer" climate I cringe when the temperature hits anywhere near 40 degrees or below.  I think it has taken about twenty years or so for me to be cold here in Arizona.  Now I am a total wuss, searching for my warmest clothing when it gets "cold" here, I guess that means I have acclimated to the area.

I took my driver's license exam right before the DMV was shut down during the blizzard of 1979.  The gentleman giving me the test decided if I could get us safely back to the DMV I could get my license -   the roads were snowplowed in single lanes and they were slippery.  Needless to say I got my license that day.  The experiences of Midwestern winters enabled me the ability to this day to tackle snow and crappy weather driving.  Recently my husband and I were caught in the Raton Pass from New Mexico into Colorado during a snow storm.  I drove through the mess, Gary of course was my white knuckle passenger - especially when I told him I was going to drive even further through the pass to get to a decent place to stop for the night.

The weather report says colder weather for the next few days - I'll be looking like a native Arizonan with layers of  winter clothing on - just like the folks I laughed at when I arrived in Arizona.