FOF genealogy guru, Rhonda Earley, is giving away 3 of her Pocket Trees. To enter, answer this question in the comments below: Where are your ancestors from?
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When FOF Rhonda Earley turned 50 she realized she didn't have long to learn about her family. "I thought I better do research now while I still have my parents here to answer questions."
Each day that year, after she dropped her son off at elementary school, she would head to the library to begin work on her family tree.
She was fascinated with her findings. "I found one of the letters my ancestor wrote home to Germany. I also learned that there had been a great deal of land in my family at one point, but, surprisingly, my father grew up poor," says Rhonda. "That's something I'm still piecing together."
Rhonda would carry her computer around the library as well as poster-sized sheets of paper. "It wasn't convenient," says Rhonda. "I was running upstairs and downstairs between files, microfilm and maps. You need to be mobile."
Sitting on the floor of the library next to a file cabinet, she had her A-ha!
moment. "There's got to be a way to transport all my research easily," thought Rhonda.
The result was Rhoda's Pocket Tree,
which folds up to the size of an index card and opens up to a family tree that can go back nine generations.
"Besides being a great research tool, it's a great keepsake to pass down to younger generations," says Rhonda. "Imagine how cool would it be to see your great, great grandfather's handwriting on a Pocket Tree."
Enter to win a Pocket Tree. 3 FOFs will win. Answer this question in the comments below: Where are your ancestors from?
(See all our past winners. See official rules. Three winners are chosen at random from all those commenters who answer the question. Contest closes June 2, 2011.)