There are many great things about the Sort Your Story software and many adults are using it to organize their genealogical research. Did you know it is an excellent program for kids? Here are 10 reasons why your child should be using Sort Your Story.
- Easy to use. Kids can create a profile on themselves or an ancestor in just a few clicks. This is a great first step using software as a child enters the world of genealogy.
- It is colorful. Sort Your Story is very visually appealing. Lots of colorful icons are available for all record types.
- It is printable. Once a profile is created and records and information have been added, you can print the information and share it.
- It will keep you organized. Sort Your Story has a folder for every record type you need. Images can be stored in these folders for easy retrieval.
- You can use it for school. Sort Your Story allows you to write notes to accompany each record you enter for an individual. You can transcribe records or write a story. All of this information can be copied from Sort Your Story and pasted into a Word document to write a report for school.
What do you think? Are you ready to share Sort Your Story with your child?
© 2012 Lorel Kapke, 19201 Sonoma Hwy. #341, Sonoma, CA 95476-5413
Generations publishes six new genealogy textbooks for kids. Parents, teachers, and genealogical societies looking for a how-to genealogy textbook for elementary through high school-aged students need to look no further. In Branching Out, a new series available from Generations, author and professional genealogist Jennifer Holik provides parents and educators with the tools they need to teach genealogical research skills to children and teens.
Through thirty fun and educational lessons, students will learn the foundations of genealogy and how to begin research on a level that they can understand and enjoy. Each lesson contains a clearly defined goal, all necessary vocabulary, additional reading assignments, and lesson and homework assignments to extend understanding of the concept.
The Branching Out series of books begins with six paperback textbooks which are also available as a PDF or PowerPoint download. The PowerPoint files, which were created with the visual and hands-on learner in mind, contain the same information as the textbooks with a few fun and interactive extras.
The Branching Out: Genealogy Lessons for Adults will be released in April with additional books for families, genealogical societies, and educators to be published later in 2012.
The books are available on CreateSpace in paperback form at the links provided. The PDF and PowerPoint files are available at the Generations Store at: http://www.e-junkie.com/generations
Branching Out: Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 1-15
Branching Out: Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 16-30
Branching Out: Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 1-15
Branching Out: Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 16-30
Branching Out: Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 1-15
Branching Out: Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 16-30
If you live in the Chicagoland area, you can meet Jennifer and purchase books at the Fountaindale Public Library’s Author Fair on Saturday, April 14, 2012. For more information visit the Generations Blog.
Did you know all the puzzle piece icons that come with Sort Your Story are not just pretty icons? They are not just there for show but serve a very important purpose.
They are file folders.
These file folders are where you store your full-size documents for each person you profile in Sort Your Story. What kind of folders are available? Let’s take a look at just a few.
This is the file folder for Birth records. In Sort Your Story you can give the folder a name to identify the person to whom it belongs. For example, you could call the folder Birth – Kapke, Lorel. Inside this folder you can store a birth certificate, birth announcement, newspaper announcement and any other records relating to your birth.
Do you have military files for your ancestor? Store them in the military folder! Again, you can name this folder whatever you want. Then transfer pension files, discharge papers, World War I or II Draft Registration cards, photos of the ship on which your ancestor sailed during his time in the Navy. Store a photo of your ancestor in uniform. The possibilities are endless.
This folder is for immigration. Name the folder and store ship manifests, photos of the immigrant prior to and after their arrival in the U.S., and passport documents to name just a few things you could have in this folder.
Keep in mind that when you store your documents and photos in each folder, those files should be named so you know exactly what they are. This makes the documents and photos easy to locate. And finally, do not forget to backup your files on to an external drive!
© 2011 Lorel Kapke, 19201 Sonoma Hwy. #341, Sonoma, CA 95476-5413
Family historians of all experience levels will find Sort Your Story as an essential filing system for photos and documents. Why? Because the records and photos can be organized and stored by ancestor.
How does this work? Easily! Sort Your Story allows users to create a profile for each member of their family for which they have photos and documents. Then it is a matter of dragging and dropping those files into that person’s folder, entering information into their profile and citing the document and photo sources.
Sort Your Story uses puzzle piece icon folders which allow users to easily recognize the document categories missing in an ancestor’s profile. This enables researchers to look for specific documents.
Ancestor profiles can be exported and uploaded to your favorite online publisher or photo provider to create memory books.
Founder Lorel Kapke has this to say about Sort Your Story.
“I created an organizational genealogical product, Sort Your Story from my own passion for telling family histories, and to give others with a passion for genealogy an easy way to tell their own stories. Organizing family photos, research records documents, interviewing family members and visiting family homes, schools, cemeteries, and other important places is of vital importance to leave our descendants as they will value our stories as we value our ancestors stories.”
Want to know more? View free video tutorials at Sort Your Story to get started organizing and de-cluttering your valuable information today.
© 2011 Lorel Kapke, 19201 Sonoma Hwy. #341, Sonoma, CA 95476-5413