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Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts

This week I have been busy volunteering at the Association for American State and Local History Conference which just so happens to be here in St. Paul, MN, this year.  It has been a ridiculously cool experience and I am enjoying learning from all the speakers and presenters!

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I loved this quote from yesterday's keynote speaker, Garrison Keillor: 

"The discovery that unbeknownst to you amazing things were happening in your vicinity, and if you'd have known about them they'd have changed your life. This is history."

It is neat to see your stomping grounds from someone else's perspective.  Of course there is a lot to do, so I am going to keep this short and sweet!  If you are here,  be sure to say 'hi'!  

Tara Cajacob


Hi, I'm Tara!  I am more than a huge fan of history, you might say I'm a little obsessed.  I would spend a Friday night in with a glass of local wine and a reference book any night of the week.   Learn more about me and my work here


Mid-Week Inspiration

Who doesn't need a little more inspiration in their life? I've found myself feeling a little spread thin lately with the busy, busyness of fall, running a company and preparing for a big launch -- so I can sure take it wherever I can get it!  

I wanted to share with you this quote that spoke to my soul:

"A noble purpose inspires sacrifice, stimulates innovation and encourages perseverance."  --Gary Hamel

This is what sharing and working in history means to me, it is my noble purpose and yes, it does all those things.  I won't go into it again, because I know I have shared many times before why my love for history runs so deep and why I hope everyone can some day find joy in it.  

What is your favorite quote?  Have you found inspiration somewhere unexpected this week? If so, share in the comments below!

 


Tara Cajacob

Hi, I'm Tara!  I am more than a huge fan of history, you might say I'm a little obsessed.  I would spend a Friday night in with a glass of local wine and a reference book any night of the week.   Learn more about me and my work here


Book Release & Planner Giveaway!

It's here! Today is the day! The release of my first ebook: The Purposeful Family Historian.  This book has been a long time in the making.  I truly can't wait for you to read it.  To commemorate the release and because I am so excited for the upcoming launch of the Historical Research Planners,  I am holding an AWESOME giveaway! Make sure you read to the bottom of this post for details on how to enter!

I believe that genealogy and family history are more than just a quest for filling out the family tree. But rather that they are an experience which is founded on purpose. 

What drives us to dabble in family history research? Is it because we love history? We love our family? We're crazy masochistic introverts who love spending long hours banging our heads against the keyboard when we run into brick walls? It's because we we feel, deep within us, a sense of purpose calling us to be the story-keeper for our ancestors. 

Using research from multiple disciplines ranging from psychology and self-improvement to project management and business skills, this book guides you toward identifying the sense of purpose which called you to family history and leverage it to have more fruitful and meaningful research time.

 

I want to thank everyone who took the time to give me feedback and encouragement as I have been working on this project.  Over 100 of you helped me to choose the cover art, alone!  You could practically call this a community project! 

To thank you all for all your help, I am very excited to announce a giveaway!  If you don't know what the Historical Research Planner is, go here to find out more

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These are the very first images of the Historical Research Planner packs (with more down below), and I am so thrilled to give you the first peek at the culmination of about two years of hard work, testing and perfecting!

  1. The Calendar Pack - to help you set goals, break them down into tasks and schedule them for increased productivity and focus.
  2. The Genealogy Pack - with forms to organize your entire family tree while keeping everything color coded for efficiency and organization. 
  3. The Filing Pack - has everything you need to file your whole project, utilizing coordinating color-coded box labels, file labels and binder tabs and more.  

Here is the exciting part: I am giving away three complete bundles containing ALL of the goodies from each pack! The total retail value of this bundle is $99.97! PLUS, if you are one of these three lucky winners you will get yours before anyone else does! 

Are you a genealogist or family historian? How are you purposeful in your family history research? Tell us in the comments!


Tara Cajacob

Hi, I'm Tara!  I am more than a huge fan of history, you might say I'm a little obsessed.  I would spend a Friday night in with a glass of local wine and a reference book any night of the week.   Learn more about me and my work here


Sneak Peek! Family History Research Planners Coming in October!

Things have been so exciting here!  The launch of the new ebook The Purposeful Family Historian is right around the corner, and on that note I have even more big news!  I have been working for nearly two years to perfect The Historical Research Planner System which will be debuting this October!

UPDATE 9/15:  We are having a Historical Research Planner Giveaway!  Three lucky winners will get pre-release bundles with all three packs included!! Enter for your chance to win now!

Those of you who are on the mailing list got the news first but I have new exclusive details today.  Not on the list yet? Sign up at the bottom of this post to get all the details first AND the Free Photo Memories Workbook in your inbox. 

The system is available as three separate packs, which integrate seamlessly with one another or are useable one at a time, all of which are printable PDF Smart Forms with Fillable blanks:

  1. The Calendar Pack - to help you set goals, break them down into tasks and schedule them for increased productivity and focus.
  2. The Genealogy Pack - with forms to organize your entire family tree while keeping everything color coded for efficiency and organization. 
  3. The Filing Pack - has everything you need to file your whole project, utilizing coordinating color-coded box labels, file labels and binder tabs.  

Are you as excited as we are? Let us know below! Keep checking back to get updates about the launch!

Tara Cajacob


Hi, I'm Tara!  I am more than a huge fan of history, you might say I'm a little obsessed.  I would spend a Friday night in with a glass of local wine and a reference book any night of the week.   Learn more about me and my work here


Announcing the Cover for my New Ebook!

A couple weeks back I asked for your help picking out a cover design for my new ebook.  I got answers all across social media.  Counting the responses I got from Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter as well as on the blog post, we got nearly 100 votes! 

Out of those votes 75% of you chose Book Cover B  for my new ebook, The Purposeful Family Historian.  

Which is to say this is the winner! By a landslide!  I would like to thank each and every one of you who took the time to weigh in and give me your input! This book has been a lot of hard work but I love the idea of sharing something that is so important to me with the world and I can't for you to read it!

The official release date will be September 15, 2014 and it will be available first on amazon.com!  Keep checking back here for updates!

  

As opposed to being another how-to book for genealogists, I really wanted to take time to explore why we research our family's story and genealogy.  What drives us to do it? Is it because we love history? We love our family? We're crazy masochistic introverts who love spending long hours banging our heads against the keyboard when we run into brick walls?  I think its because we we feel, deep within us, a sense of purpose calling us to be the story-keeper for our ancestors.  

My book explores the idea that genealogy and family history is more than just a quest for filling out the family tree, but rather an experience which is founded on purpose.  Using research from multiple disciplines ranging from psychology and self-improvement to project management and business skills, this book guides you toward identifying the sense of purpose which called you to family history and leverage it to have more fruitful and meaningful research time. 

What inspires you to learn more about your family?  Do you think that you pursue genealogy because of a sense of purpose?  Let me know in the comments!


Tara Cajacob

Hi, I'm Tara!  I am more than a huge fan of history, you might say I'm a little obsessed.  I would spend a Friday night in with a glass of local wine and a reference book any night of the week.   Learn more about me and my work here


Grandparents Day: A Celebration of Family

There are 70 million grandparents in the United States ranging in age from 30 to 110.   National Grandparents Day is September 7 and its a great excuse to get in touch with your grandparent if they are still with us or to do something in their memory if they are not.

Not only can your grandparents help you fill in the branches of your family tree (if you haven't read our blog posts on oral history you can do so here), but also, they are a part of who you are.  For activities, games, icebreakers and more ideas relating to Grandparents Day appropriate for both kids and adults, check out The Legacy Project's page.

Hi, I'm Tara!  I am more than a huge fan of history, you might say I'm a little obsessed.  I would spend a Friday night in with a glass of local wine and a reference book any night of the week.   Learn more about me and my work here


Beat Procrastination With Scheduling

September 6 is National Beat Procrastination Day, and the productivity seeker in me couldn't pass up the chance to pass on some goodies I've learned about using scheduling to take down procrastination and make insane progress on your family tree!

So here are my tips to beat procrastination and amp up your productivity by scheduling:

1. Schedule goal-setting sessions.   Everyone else gets a chunk of your time, so why don't you? Set up some time with yourself to figure out what you need to get done.  Make 4 separate 20-30 minute appointments with yourself on different days. In these appointments you will come up with annual, bi-annual, monthly and weekly goals.  

**Make sure you are making your goals reasonable.  A good rule of thumb is to use SMART goal setting and start with one goal for each time period.**

2. Break each goal into tasks and schedule those tasks.  Figure out how many tasks you have, and divide them evenly over your time period.  Do this first with your longest term goals and work toward your shortest term goals.  Schedule the tasks for days and times when you are typically free to work and concentrate.  Remember, none of this is set in stone, just like you can reschedule your dentist appointment if something comes up, you can reschedule these tasks if you just can't do it. 

3. Give yourself credit and schedule rewards for accomplishing goals.  The importance of this step cannot be overstated.  Even if you understand the importance and value of achieving your goals, the subconscious, reward-driven Id in your brain will still pitch a fit like an unruly two-year-old if you ignore it for too long.  Everyone needs a substantial 'atta-boy every now and again.  If possible, match the reward value to the difficulty of the goal.  More difficult goals that you have been working toward for a longer period of time should have a more substantial reward assigned. 

I hope these tips help you beat procrastination!  What tools and tips do you use to make sure you optimize productivity when you are working on a big project? Share with me in the comments!


Tara Cajacob

Hi, I'm Tara!  I am more than a huge fan of history, you might say I'm a little obsessed.  I would spend a Friday night in with a glass of local wine and a reference book any night of the week.   Learn more about me and my work here


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