Jodi Bash

Jodi Bash

Jodi Bash is a genealogist living in Houston, Texas with her husband and three children. She is founder of Family at Your Fingertips and is passionate about finding creative and tangible ways to connect with family history. She runs two blogs: Unclaimed Ancestors is an effort to connect old photos with descendants, and a way to scratch the ever-present research bug! A more personal blog at Family at Your Fingertips explores family heirlooms and the love of history. Jodi has been researching family history for over 15 years, and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She is the Director of Communication for Covenant Church in Houston, holds a B.A. in History and English from the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters in American History from the University of Houston, and an M.B.A. from Rice University. You can reach Jodi at [email protected] and follow her on twitter via @famatfingertips.

This May be the Fastest Way Ever to Scan Old Family Photos, and it’s Free

By Jodi Bash The digital age of photos gives us so much to be thankful for. Photos can be edited, shared, deleted, and ordered in a frame at the touch of a button. I am so used to this convenience that when faced with a physical copy of a picture it often takes me months to decide what to do with it. Even my kids’ school pictures sit around gathering dust before I eventually frame them. Many...

Read more

Sort, Scan, Share: How to NOT Drown in Family Memorabilia

By Jodi Bash Small piles of photos, letters, and other yellowed documents lined the living room walls. As I walked further into the house, I saw they also lined all available space in the kitchen and bedroom. “I want to throw it all away!” My client was overwhelmed with her extensive genealogy collection. She had been the willing recipient of family documents for as long as she could remember. “Give it to Shelly, she’s the family history...

Read more

Dear Diary…Don’t Divulge Those Secrets Too Fast!

Ah, the diary! An empty book just waiting for you to confess all your fears, dreams, secret loathings and lovers! At least that’s what I thought when I started keeping a diary at age 10. It had a lock and key just to make sure all my secrets were safe. But in reality, I had few secrets. I’ve written before about how completely BORING my diary was when I looked back on it almost 35 years later....

Read more

The Challenge of Inheriting Collections

Image at left: These do look comfortable, but 200?? My mom's love of collecting things made her incredibly easy to shop for. Every Christmas and birthday my brother and I could rotate between the champagne flute/candlestick/mini pitcher/teapot/padded coat hanger obsessions. Actually, my brother stopped at padded coat hangers. That's all he bought her for about 15 years straight, and she LOVED it. These collections defined her space. You knew when you walked in her house what she...

Read more

What I’ve Learned from “Working the Cemeteries”

I’ve loved cemeteries as long as I can remember. I think I became a genealogist just so I would have a good explanation for how often I visited them.  While I go mainly to take photos for Find A Grave or Billion Graves, I find other reasons as well; the calm, the time to think, the sense of history, etc. Over the years I’ve learned some great lessons while “working the graveyards” as my friend loves me...

Read more

The Curse of the “Medium Build” Description

Images of our ancestors bring so much life to a person previously only known through census records and cemeteries. But for many we simply don’t have the coveted photograph. Our imagination does the heavy lifting. I don’t know about you, but I tend to conjure up all farmers about the same! Sad really. You’d think that I would be pleased by the descriptions offered in some documents, most specifically the World War I Draft Registration Cards (DRC)....

Read more

When History Comes Knocking at Your Door, Literally!

Image caption: House documents dated from 1910-1924 It was about noon on a typical Houston summer day (Hot!) The kids and I were home, deciding it was just too hot to go to the grocery store - popcorn for lunch would be just fine! We were all startled when the doorbell rang, not because no body ever came over, but because it rarely worked. At noon on a weekday you’re more likely to get a well-intentioned Jehovah’s...

Read more

Appreciating Our Ancestor’s Education & Controlling an eBay Habit

Photo Caption: Jodi's recent class photo purchases (stop her before she buys again!) I have a problem. That’s the first step to recovery right? I am addicted to purchasing old class photos. To help myself I have given up eBay for Lent (I can hear the share price dropping as I type this.) This picture of my recent purchases should convince you of my sickness. Admittedly I loved school as a child and hated missing even one...

Read more

Grandma, Thanks for the Memories – Granddad, Thanks for Hoarding Them

I have two projects right now. Well, I have a lot more than 2, but these are on the top of the literal paper stack. The first are my son’s applications to high school. It’s a huge undertaking; one I frankly wasn’t prepared for. We live in a large city, one with many, many options for education. That’s both good and bad. We’ve scheduled tours, testing, shadow days, auditions, you name it. And it only makes me...

Read more
*/

Send this to a friend