Kindle Book: Jump Start Your Genealogy Research!

I’m busy writing my 2nd Kindle book and in honor of that I decided to put my first book on sale. 99 CENTS!  My Kindle book ‘Jump Start Your Genealogy Research’ is on sale from Feb 8th through Feb 10th!!  If you feel extra generous please review on Amazon and share this post.  Don’t have a Kindle?  Download the App to your tablet, PC or phone! https://www.amazon.com/Jump-Start-Your-Genealogy-Research-ebook/dp/B00ACIW7VA Amy left this great review on Good Reads! Jumpstart Your Genealogy Research by Vickie Chupurdia Amy‘s review Jul 26, 2016 really liked it bookshelves: history   I’d recommend this book as a good … Continue Reading →


MAC-V Stand Down – Duluth, MN

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  • 23 August, 2014
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I was a volunteer Friday the 22nd for the annual MAC-V Stand Down for Veterans. MAC-V is the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans. They hold several ‘Stand Down’ events throughout the state. http://www.mac-v.org/ In 2013, MACV comprehensively served 1,785 veterans and their families throughout Minnesota who were homeless or experiencing a crisis that could lead to homelessness – and the need for services continues to rise. Many homeless and veterans’ organizations recognize MACV’s transitional and permanent housing programs as a model for the nation. We have a passion for serving those in Minnesota who first served us. I was a … Continue Reading →


90th Birthday Celebration – Ardyth (Pat) Chupurdia

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  • 30 June, 2014
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On June 28th we celebrated my mother’s 90th Birthday. She turned 90 on January 1, 2014 but since we live in northeastern Minnesota we knew there would be a good chance that a snow or ice storm would deter people from attending a party – so we waited until June.   Over the years I have asked my mother many questions about her childhood and her past. I have written down all the anecdotes I could. I have pressed her for more details and I’m sure at times frustrated her with my many questions. Yet, after all of these years, … Continue Reading →


44 Genealogy Websites in 44 Minutes

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  • 30 June, 2014
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On Saturday, June 21st I gave a presentation for my local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. I spoke on ’44 Genealogy Websites in 44 Minutes’ (plus bonuses). I received great reviews. I thoroughly enjoy sharing my knowledge and helping others learn new ways to discover information about their ancestors. I will be speaking again this fall at the Minnesota Genealogical Society Conference in Edina, MN (Oct 3-4) and also at the Twin Ports Genealogical Society in Duluth (Oct 18 and Nov 3)


Duluth Public Library Annual Book Sale

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  • 10 June, 2014
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Annual Book Sale – Friends of the Duluth Public Library – Duluth, Minnesota. I’m getting ready to head to the Duluth Minnesota Public Library Annual Book Sale.  I have found wonderful books that help me with my genealogy research and for writing my family history.  In the past I have purchased old books about the history of a local area or county.  I have found books about the chronological history of America, the American Revolution, the Civil War, Sears Roebuck catalog, women in history, old medical books and so much more.  While you might not find an actual listing of your relative … Continue Reading →


Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree

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  • 7 June, 2014
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I spent yesterday watching genealogy webinars being streamed live from the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree. The presentations were awesome.  The speakers were Judy G. Russell (Dowered or Bound Out: Records of Widows and Orphans), Blaine Bettinger (DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standard), Paula Stuart-Warren (Manuscript Finding Aids: Locating Migrating Family Records), and F. Warren Bittner (Proof Arguments:  How and Why). I’m going to enjoy another round of talks today.   I have my handouts printed, my diet coke next to me and I’m ready!  Today I will be listening to F. Warren Bittner (Elusive Immigrant), Judy G. Russell (Staying out of Trouble: … Continue Reading →


90th Birthday Celebration

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  • 6 June, 2014
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A 90th Birthday Celebration My mother turned 90 years old on January 1, 2014. We are having the celebration on June 28th. We live in northeastern Minnesota and knew that travel in January would be questionable and many would not be able to attend. So a nice summer party is in the planning. I’m in charge of the invites. Tracking down everyone and getting snail mail addresses and e-mail addresses made me realize how easy it is to lose touch with family and friends. Older generations are downsizing and moving, younger generations are upsizing and moving and e-mail providers and … Continue Reading →


Genealogy Conference at UWS

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  • 22 May, 2014
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Arrangements are in the works for me to teach a Genealogy course at University of Wisconsin-Superior in September 2014 for 4 Saturdays. If interested mark it on your calendar. Enjoy a practical uncomplicated explanation of genealogy research. This course includes a straightforward approach of simple steps to tracing your family tree with useful guidelines to map out your research. It offers clear instructions on research approaches to be successful. Bring your family history to life and discover your heritage. Embark on this fascinating journey back in time and connect with your ancestors. Participants will learn basic genealogy research methods and … Continue Reading →


Amazing Ladies from the 2014 DAR Conference

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  • 20 May, 2014
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More Great photos of the 2014 DAR Conference in Duluth, MN.  The DAR is an amazing group of ladies that do so much for our veterans, our history, our heritage, patriotism, community support and more. Our entertainment for the evening was David Bouschor a member of the Scottish Heritage Pipes and Drums.  He played a wonderful assortment of tunes on his pipes and then his young granddaughters danced.  What a wonderful way for them to keep their heritage alive.


2014 DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Conference

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  • 20 May, 2014
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This past weekend I attended the 2014 DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) State Conference in Duluth, MN. What an amazing group of ladies.  The Greysolon Daughters of Liberty Chapter from Duluth, MN hosted the conference this year.  There were months and months of planning, scheduling and arrangements to be made.  Our key person was Julie Demgen who put in a tremendous amount of work.  Our chapter Regent, Royleen Newman and so many others managed to give us an outstanding conference this year. The guest speaker was Colonel Penny J. Dieryck who is the Mission Support Group Commander, 148th Fighter Wing, … Continue Reading →