Sunday, January 27, 2019

New Year’s Resolution – My Genealogy Disaster Plan

I hadn’t planned to make any New Year’s resolutions for 2019, but changed my mind after I thought, “What if I make only *one* resolution this year?”. One decision shouldn’t be too difficult to keep, I reasoned.

My resolution for 2019 is to create a “genealogy disaster plan” – do something to protect what I cherish the most, genealogically speaking. I searched for articles about this topic and found one by Denise May Levenick. I adapted her two-part, 14 steps plan to suit me.

First, I assessed the risks that I might encounter: water, fire or earthquake damage, hard drive failure, or theft. It was an eye opener to realize there’s so many ways to lose the genealogical and historical items I’ve gathered over the decades.

Heirloom christening gown

Second, I prioritized what I wanted to safeguard immediately: my family’s 90+ year old christening gown (see above) and original documents (vital records).

Third, I’ll digitize those vital records so that I have copies in case of loss. When done, I’ll store the originals and the christening gown (which is already in an heirloom box) together in one container. That container might be a tote that I can quickly grab in an emergency or it might be something more heavy-duty like a water- and fire-proof safe.

My personal genealogy disaster plan is a long-term project, so these are good first steps. Stay tuned for progress reports.

Copyright © 2019, Yvonne Demoskoff.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Photographs Through the Generations

It’s Saturday night and Randy at Genea-Musings has issued his weekly challenge to his readers.

Tonight’s mission is to determine:

1) How many generations do you have photographs or portraits of your ancestors and descendants? It can be any just can't be broken!
2) Tell us the line, or better yet, show us the unbroken line. Provide birth-death years, and the approximate date that the photograph or portrait was made.
3) Share your generation picture line in a blog post of your own, or in a Facebook post, or in a comment to this post.

Here is my 6-generation picture line:

1. My great-great-grandfather Pierre Desgroseilliers (1841-1904), born in Ste-Martine, Quebec and died in St. Charles, Ontario. Pierre looks rather young, so the photo might date to the time he married in 1865.

Pierre Desgroseilliers born 1841 died 1904

2. My great-grandfather Albert Desgroseilliers (1879-1957) in the mid-1950s.

Albert Desgroseilliers born 1879 died 1957

3. My grandfather Eugène Desgroseilliers (1900-1960) in 1959.

Eugene Desgroseilliers born 1900 died 1960

4. My mother Jacqueline (Desgroseilliers) Belair in 2010.

Jacqueline Desgroseilliers Belair

5. Myself, Yvonne (Belair) Demoskoff in 2017.
Yvonne Belair

6. My descendant – my son Nicholas Demoskoff, in 2014.

Nicholas Demoskoff

Thanks for another great challenge, Randy!

Copyright © 2019, Yvonne Demoskoff.