Category Archives: Announcement

Depression Era Cooking Lessons and Stories

While cruising on Facebook tonight, I came across a link to a Youtube channel.  The channel is all about Clara, a 94 year old woman who posts videos of cooking lessons for depression era recipes.  While I find that kind of thing incredibly fascinating, Clara instantly became a star in my eyes when she would pause from cooking to tell a story from her family!  I wish she was my grandmother!

I believe it is so important to not only collect the names, dates, and places – but to also get an idea of what life was truly like.  Since I don’t have a lot of stories from when my grandparents were children, hearing Clara’s stories make me smile and feel just a bit more connected to that time.  Sometimes I even tear up when I listen to her (she quit high school because she couldn’t afford socks).

Clara is officially in my favorite people category.

If you are looking for some good cheap food and some stories, then you need to check out Clara.

My favorite videos from her (so far):

What do you think of Clara?

BIG Announcement

Hey Everyone – I’ve been waiting to tell you guys a BIG announcement.

So reserve the date: Friday, June 11, 2010. I’ll not only be at the Southern California Genealogical Society’s Jamboree – I’ll be a speaker!! *Cue the Fun Dance Music*
On Friday, June 11, 2010 I’ll be presenting a class called “Using Your Computer’s Video Camera”. I am so excited about this opportunity. This is going to be a fun and interactive class to help you learn how to use your video camera to benefit your research.
First off – I just want to say that this almost feels unreal. I am in awe and shock that I’ve been asked to do this class – however I feel so much love and support from all of my genealogy friends that I know I do this. I have learned so much from all of you and learned a lot about myself.
Secondly, I did the biggest genealogy happy dance EVER! This is such a dream come true – especially since I’ve been day dreaming of what it would be like to speak to a group of lecturers at a gathering, although I never imagined anything as cool as this. I’ve just never known how to get started and I told myself that I had other priorities to deal with right now, like school and my own research. I also told myself that I had plenty of time to make that dream a reality and possibly a nice side hobby during college and after. But with all of that daydreaming, I never imagined that it would become a reality.
Thirdly, now that I am on the path of my dream, I want to apologize to my family and friends because I can’t stop talking about this. I’ve been asking them for their opinions and ideas and doing brainstorms with them already – and honestly it is only going to get much, much worse. My wonderful boyfriend put it perfectly: “Wow – combining your two favorite things: teaching and genealogy. The only way this could get better for you is if you taught the genealogy of Harry Potter”. I must admit, he is very true. (But seeing as Harry Potter is a fictional character made up by the genius J.K Rowling, unfortunately, that dream is not likely to become a reality).
Finally, I can’t wait to see all of you in person again at the Jamboree! I had such a blast with you guys last year. We are going to need to make some pretty cool plans for hanging out between sessions and do that Geneabloggers dinner again.
Just remember – I can’t sit at the bar for drinks so lets make plans to sit at a table so I can order a Shirley Temple.