Things you can do in 20 mins- Leaves on Ancestry

Got 20 minutes in between diaper changes, play dates, or grocery store runs? Perfect! I know just what you can do!

Check out leaves on Ancestry!

Ancestry Leaves
What’s a leaf??? It’s when Ancestry has done some research work for you! Yes, Ancestry is saving you time by searching indexed documents for names in your tree.

To take advantage of this great service, log into Ancestry and look for the leaf logo at the top of your page or go to your tree (yes for this to work you must have a tree uploaded).


In 20 mins you may be able to do 1 leaf or 5 leaves or 10. It just depends on how interesting they are or unique or what you learn. If you need to set a timer go for it. That’s what I do so family history doesn’t become my time sucker of the day. Once my timer goes off I log off and I’m on to the next task.

The leaf can be another tree, a birth certificate, a census record or really anything Ancestry has in their indexed database. Once you have clicked on the leaf you see a summary of the leaf. You may see more than one record, this is great! It just means there is more than one record that matched your ancestor.

You can choose to review or ignore the record.

Please make sure it is your ancestor before you say it is them! After you have made sure the record is talking about your ancestor, you can save the information you learned from this record to your tree by comparing what you have in your tree to what the record says.

Review record on Ancestry

If your toddler hits ignore (because I’d never do that on accident 😉 haha) never fear there’s an ignore list that you can go to so you can undo it.

ignore leaves

See how you COULD do a bunch of leaves in 20 mins or you COULD only do one leaf? Or you COULD look at leaves ALL DAY? Seriously use the timer tip above, you don’t want to feel guilty or get burned out.

How many leaves did you do today? Did you set a timer? Let me know below!

Home Videos, remember those?

Over the weekend we watched some home videos at my parent’s house.

Man, I was annoying.

But it got me thinking…. I have all these videos on my cell phone and on my computer, what am I doing with them??? So I decided to get them off my devices and get them on a DVD!

Today I took 30 minutes, pulled all my videos out of my picture folders and put them in their own folders.Organize your videos

I can’t wait to see the look on my boys’ faces when they see themselves on the TV!

TIP: Don’t watch the videos! You’ll get stuck for HOURS watching them. Just put them in the right folder. This way you can finish a project. As mom’s I feel like we don’t get to finish our projects, so cross “Organize videos” off your list in 5-30 minutes.

Why don’t you take 5-30 mins to organize your videos today!? Or send them from your phone to the computer. Let me know how it goes!


10 ways to get started with your Family History


Here are 10 easy ways to get started on your family history!

1-Start with yourself!  

I know the most about me so why not start there?

2-Start a tree on FamilySearch or Ancestry.

These two sites are some of the easiest to use, hope on and fill out what you know.

3-Upload a tree you already have to FamilySearch or Ancestry

Already have a tree (a tree you made or someone else)? Upload it!

4-Check out Find-a-record!

What a great site to see what you need to do it clean up your tree.

5-Gather what you have around the house

We have so much family history around our house, time to collect it in one spot!

6-Write down a story

Getting all those memories out of our head before ‘mom brain’ takes over, is so important! (check this out!)

7-Visit a local family history center or library or historical society

There is so much help offered! Go check it out!

8-Organize what you have

Decide how you’re going to name files or where they are going to go.


Watch a video, take a class! Learn something new!

10-Interview relatives, ask them what they know!

Life is short! Find out what relatives know now before it’s too late!

Just pick something and jump in! I’ll update this list with links as I write about each of these items in more details but I know you can do this! Good luck!

What did you choose to do? How did you start your family history journey?

I’m back!

I took a little break as we added another line to our family tree. My daughter was born in July and we are just in love! It's a girl!

Look for a new post tomorrow! I’m going to share one of the things I do when I have 20 mins to do some family history.

How was your summer??