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Officially Fall!

Although it seems to be the trend of late and the butt of so many jokes, I am completely in love with fall.  While I could do without the icy cold Minnesota winters, I wonder if I could handle a place that didn't have an autumn?

My husband and I love taking trips to Duluth to see the leaves at their peak.  We also make local vineyards after autumn hits.  Our favorite, in part because of the wine, which is to die for (I especially recommend their Marechal Foch, while I can never pronounce it, I would probably trade my right foot for a bottle!), and in part because of the host of other amazing activities they always have going on, is St. Croix Vineyards.  We love going there to pick the apples which are pollinated by local bees (you can even get the honey right there on site.)  

Our other fall traditions are more standard, pumpkin flavored everything and trips to the yarn store for knitting supplies (well, for me anyway-- Rob isn't much of a knitter).  

What is your favorite  season?  Do you have any amazing fall traditions? Share them with us in the comments below!

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


Grateful

It is World Gratitude Day today AND my 6th wedding anniversary, so needless to say, I have a lot to be thankful for.  So, today I'm going to do something a little different and take a moment to share how blessed I am. 

1.  I am so very thankful for my husband.  I always felt a bit homeless.  Then one day I met Rob and he changed everything.  He had a big heart and smelled like my old coin collection.  He held umbrellas for me even though he didn't need one.  He went to jazz concerts with me and tried to dance even though he didn't know the music.  But most of all he was my home.  Anywhere he was I felt like I belonged, and for that, I could never express enough thanks. 

2.  I am grateful for my family.  They dealt with my crazy neurotic perfectionism and impossibly large dreams for so many years and were always my biggest cheerleaders.  I am grateful for my parents who instilled a sense of wonder and possibility and allowed my unique gifts to flourish and my sisters who have taught me countless lessons about friendship, camaraderie, competition and compassion. 

3. I am grateful for everyone who has made this business possible.  I can't overlook what an incredible blessing it is to be able to do what I love to do.  To be able to spend afternoons in libraries filled with musty books or outlining a new book or article.  This journey I have been on with The Historium for the past five years has been one of the most exciting and fulfilling of my life and I couldn't have done it without my clients, friends and community. 

4. I am grateful for amazing friends.  I believe friends can be soul mates, and I believe you can have more than one.  I've learned that the very best friends are the ones you can not talk to for months and then pick up the phone and chat with like no time has passed at all. And as a side note, I apologize that sometimes it is months between calls-- let's change that! 

5. I am grateful for creature comforts, a very comfy bed with warm blankets, cups of hot coffee and smart phones.  Books, books and more books then after that ebooks and audiobooks. Although I spend so much of my day lost in other time periods, I'm grateful that I'm here, that this is my life and that it is 2014.  There is truly nowhere (or, ahem, nowhen?) I'd rather be. 

Here are a couple of pictures from Our Big Day six years ago, for posterity's sake. 

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What are you grateful for? Share the things that set your soul on fire in the comments below! 


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


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


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