Pottery Barn Family Tree Pillow

Pottery Barn Family Tree Pillow

Just in time for the upcoming holiday gift-giving season, Pottery Barn Bedding seems to have hopped on the genealogy and family history “wave” with its new Family Tree Pillow.

What makes this pillow unique is that it can be customized with up to three generations of names. Before purchasing, you can use the customization screen to add your own name and the names of your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The interface was easy to use and the prompts were clear in terms of maternal grandmother, paternal grandmother, etc. As you entered names, the product image was updated with the text entered.

Pottery Barn Family Tree Pillow customization screen

What wasn’t clear from the product description was how the customized would be made. It appears as if the image will be printed rather than embroidered on to the pillow.

Over the past few months I’ve become acquainted with Brian Backus and his innovative company Kidlandia, the producers of this unique pillow.  Kidlandia specializes in unique customizable gifts for children and is worth a look if you are doing your holiday shopping already. I hope this pillow is a success and that we see more and more mainstream vendors such as Pottery Barn Bedding carrying such “memory keeping” items related to genealogy and family history.

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Personally, I think this holiday season is ripe for many genealogy and family history-related gifts.  During tough times it is very tempting to give something practical and to look at certain items as “luxury” or “non-essential” or “impractical.” But sometimes it’s just nice to get a gift for a loved one that is unique and “out of the ordinary.” And besides, in my family at least, items that help us remember our ancestors are seen as essential as well as practical.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Google Earth for Genealogy – Volume 2 Now Available!

Google Earth for Genealogy

[Editor’s note: The following press release was received from Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems Podcast for Volume 2 of her Google Earth for Genealogy tutorial video series. Check out this handy resource from a fellow genealogy blogger and a supporter of the genealogy blogging community!]

The Google Earth for Genealogy Video Series Expands with Brand New Volume

Second Installment by Genealogy Gems Podcast Host Lisa Louise Cooke

SAN RAMON, CA, September 29, 2010 – Genealogy Gems announced today that the second installment of the Google Earth for Genealogy video series has been released at www.GoogleForGenealogy.com.

“Google Earth has the power to geographically document and tell the stories of our ancestors’ lives, and in this new video I show you how to do just that,” said Lisa Louise Cooke, Genealogy Gems owner and producer and host of the popular Genealogy Gems Podcast at www.GenealogyGems.com and in iTunes. “I’m excited to be expanding on the concepts covered in the first DVD, and in Volume II we take Google Earth from family history research tool to compelling genealogical storyteller.”

In the brand new step-by-step tutorial DVD Google Earth for Genealogy Volume II Cooke shows you how to:

  • Pinpoint your ancestors’ property using land patent records
  • Locate original land surveys
  • Customize Google Earth place marks with photos and documents
  • Add video to your Google Earth maps
  • Incorporate custom and ready-made 3D models to your maps to add a new dimension
  • Add focus with polygons and paths
  • Pull it all together to tell your ancestors’ stories in riveting ways by creating and sharing Family History Tours

In addition to the seven videos, the DVD (for PC use only) includes an introduction video, a menu with convenient links to the websites mentioned in the tutorials to help you quickly get started, and a bonus podcast interview.

Watch the video at the Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel to see it in action:

About the Author:

Lisa Louise Cooke is the producer and host of the internationally popular Genealogy Gems Podcast , an online genealogy audio show. A national speaker, video producer, author and online instructor, Lisa’s passion for geographic genealogy is out of this world!

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Unique Family Journals – Genealogy Gift Ideas

sand dune publishing llc

Just in time for Father’s Day and the graduation gift season, I’ve received information from Sand Dune Publishing LLC about a series of journals entitled Between Me And You™ a few things I’ve been meaning to ask.

Termed “relationship keepsake journals,” each one is meant for a specific type of recipient such as a father, mother, even attendees at a family reunion.  I especially like the “between me and you Dad” journal – it would make a unique gift this Father’s Day.

The premise, as described on the Sand Dune Publishing Co. website:

“Give these keepsake journals to the people you care about most. Each hardcover, spiral-bound book measures 6 ½ ” x 7 ¼ ” and contains 35 – 45 fun-to-ask and fun-to-answer questions.  You get them back with handwritten responses you’ll cherish forever.”

Take a look around at the various journals and you’ll see what I mean.  Not only will you have a neat way to “prompt” family members to describe various aspects of their lives, but you’ll receive a keepsake in their own writing.  And, as genealogy bloggers, you could even make these into blog posts (with the person’s permission, of course!).

Right now there is a sale at Sand Dunes Publishing with 20% when you purchase 2 or more journals.  Use code MEMDAY10.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee