Saturday, October 10, 2015

Fundraiser this month!!!

Please check out my blog post on my other blog.  I am looking to help others this month and would love your help!!  Thank you!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Etsy Shop Open

While I am attempting to get my Genealogy Binder business going I have opened an Etsy shop.
I appreciate everyone checking it out and sharing it.
Check out and/or share my Etsy Shop and message me your address and I will send you some free samples of my Perfectly Posh products that I sell to keep my genealogy habit going :D
Thank you

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Webpage Created!

I created a website for my Genealogy Binders.  Nothing super duper.  But lots of options.
I hope you check it out and pass it on!
Thank you.
Reyna's Genealogy Binders

Friday, June 12, 2015

Awesome Gifts I am Making!!!!!!!!!!!



Then check out my 5 generation genealogy binder!

The binder includes 5 generations of family information all nicely put into a binder for easy viewing.

For $75 you get:

A 3 ring binder

Documents in protective sleeve

A cd of documents

Documents included are:

5 generation chart

Family group sheets

Misc. records*


Of course each binder is very unique, one of a kind! Something that can be shared!

An initial deposit of $25 and some starting information is all you need to get started today.

Contact me at

 (*indicates that any records that are publicly available ranging from but not limited to census, military, birth, death, marriage records and more)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Father's Day June 21st!

So Father's day is less than a month a way, what do you have planned??  A BBQ??  Breakfast??  Fishing??  Just hanging out??  Sharing family history??
My sister-in-law asked me a while back to do her a favor for a gift for her father for father's day.  She asked me to do research on her fathers side and put together a binder.  Starting with her father it goes through 5 generations. 
Now because you double your numbers every generation you go back I kept it limited to information on the parents.  While there is plenty of information on the children of each set of parents I would probably need more than one binder or a really big one. 
It only required research in two state; New York and North Carolina.  North Carolina has a wealth of information online (through Ancestry).  Which is good as I live in New York.
The binder is divided by generation than sub-divided by family.  There will be photos that we could get our hands on included.  It was a very fun project (still in progress).
So what are you doing for the fathers in your life?  If your having a family get together talk to all your family members and collect research information for yourself and to share later.  Put together something to give to family members of research you have already done.  Do something fun and family history related!! 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Term of the day!!


a book which alphabetically names and describes the places in a specific area. 
An example would be a gazetteer of a county would name and describe all of the towns, lakes, rivers, and mountains in the county.
So how would this be a good genealogical tool? 
It can help you located towns within a state and a county.
It can tell you about what life was life during a particular time frame. Maybe you have heard that a family member did a lot of hunting or fishing a particular lake or mountain.  Is that lake in the town in which you believe your family is from?  Remember there are lots of towns and counties in different states with the same names.  Some states have multiple towns with the same name.  This would be a great tool to narrow it down.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Name that town?!?!

ACRA, New York 12405

Located in Green County, New York.  It is a hamlet west of Cairo. Acra has a populations of 454. 

This village lies along the Mohican Trail to the northwest of Cairo village and has a wide view of the surrounding country and the Catskills. The first church was the Presbyterian, a few years later sold to the Baptist. Its first inn or tavern was built by Moses Olmsted, and its first store by Joseph Lyon.

John Howell, a friend of Judge Daniel Sayre, and great-grandson of Edward Howell, founder of Southampton, came to Green County in 1794, bought a farm and built the Howell homestead on the road from Acra to Centerville, and was founder of the First Presbyterian church in Acra, in 1795. He died in 1815, aged seventy-one years.  His wife Mehitable died three years later.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Photo Friday!!!!

WOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!  WOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I am going to share some photos from my genealogy research.  Please share yours and tell their stories.  Remember everyone's photos are personal please ask permission before borrowing.  Let's see what is out there!!
This is my paternal grandfather Charles W. Thomas.  Born and raised in Connecticut.  He was in the Army during WWII and station in Alaska working on planes.  He was a volunteer fire fighter.  He and my grandmother had 9 children.  He was a great family man and was good to his grandkids.  He passed away in 2001.

This is one of my favorite photos.  This is 4 generations of women in my family.  My mother (the baby), my maternal grandmother Virginia Balcom, great grandmother Erma Bliss, and great great grandmother Maude Bowler.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

App Review Wednesday - VeryFamily App



By: VeryPhone
Created: April 2013
Last updated: February 2015
There are currently no reviews on the ipad in the app store.

From the creators -

Looking to easily draw your family tree ?
You know nothing about genealogy ?
It's almost the anniversary of Grandma and you want to print his family tree with a photo of all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren ?
VeryFamily is for you.
Simply enter the full name of the people to show and their relationship and VeryFamily does the rest and draws the family tree of any member of your family.
Of course you can complete the form for each person indicating their date and place of birth, date and place of death and profession if you know them, and attach a photo.
Easily manage remarriages and stepfamilies.
VeryFamily wants general public oriented, accessible to everyone.
VeryFamily not intended to be a tool for professional genealogy.
VeryFamily is just a tool of representation of family trees. Recreational use and intuitive interface make it an original essential application to create beautiful family trees.
VeryFamily trees build full family trees starting from a member of your family (tree trunk) and draws its ascendants (the roots of the tree), but also all its descendants (branches and leaves of the tree) . VeryFamily is not limited, as with other products, to 3 or 4 generations. It will draw all the generations you have indicated.
To add some Fun to your trees, VeryFamily offers several types of representations of family trees. Add frames for photos of people, materialize sky and earth for more realism.
With over 10,000 opportunities to represent your family tree, you should find your happiness.

In options:
VeryFamily manages swap files between applications genealogy. It can export your tree in gedcom format. You can also take a tree that has already been done on another application and send by email, on your iPad, the gedcom file. Very Family will import the data so you do not re-enter it.

VeryFamily can export your family tree generating a PDF file to allow you to distribute it by email to your family or simply to print. However, you can print your tree directly from the app with AirPrint technology.

VeryFamily integrates a module to backup and restore your data to allow you to transfer your trees on another iPad in case of reset or change device.

For any questions or observations, please send an email to support : support@


So recently I did a search for genealogy apps on my ipad.  There are a lot more now then there used to be.  But while writing them down for me to start reviewing this one caught my eye and I knew this was the one I was going to review.  At first glance it looked exciting, super cute and fun. 
Lets start with the basics.  It's a free download for the ipad.  That is nice.  You can build a tree from the ground up.  You can add cute backgrounds or leave it plain.  You add the persons name, date and place of birth, date and place of death, parents, spouses, and children.  You can also add their picture.

The process of adding people is simple but it it's not.  If in the process of adding someone you click on something and you missed a step, like not adding the gender, it will go back and delete everything you put in on that person.  Also you will notice from my screen shots that the app has both English and French. 

When you add children to a marriage it will only list the parent you clicked on to add them.  You will have to add the other parent.  It doesn't add both parents of the marriage.  I find that odd. 

The tree apparently goes in a straight line and it is set to one side of the screen.  The ads are annoying and when I click on "no more ads" and then click on buy nothing happens.  You are supposed to be able to  import and export a GedCom, PDF export, Print, Back up, and restore but those are items you have to purchase.  I don't know if its individual purchase or just one purchase.  Once again when I click on buy NOTHING HAPPENS.  So I can't even tell you the cost.

Overall I was disappointed in the app.  It is need of work.  I think if they work on it and fix things it might actually be a super cute app.


I would love to hear if you have tried it and what you thought!!!

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