Year: 2014

Inspiration

I Made A Difference For That One

Why do I write how to books? Why do I love teaching at family history conferences? Why do I share the things I’ve learned about my family on this blog? Why do I talk non-stop about family history to anyone who would listen? Because my efforts will make a difference. Do you know this poem? […]

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Brick Walls

Elusive Ancestor: Oscar Ward

If you look at my fan chart, you’ll find it complete for many generations. In my 3rd great-grandparent bracket, there are names but no stories. Today I’m focusing on Oscar Ward for a challenge that I’ve been meaning to do since the Saturday Night Genealogy Fun post of April 2013. Better late than never, right? […]

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Scrapbooking

Heritage Scrapbooking: Baby’s First Christmas

If there’s one thing I love about Christmas, is that the color combination works beautifully for vintage Christmas photos.Look how nicely the green compliments the 1970s era photos and a splash of red draws your attention to the page. Baby’s First Christmas: Paper: “All I Want For Christmas” kit by Growing Pains Scrapped; Lace: from “Refreshing” kit […]

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Genealogy 201
Personal History
Writing Family History

13 Personal and Family History Posts to Read Now

Perhaps I am jumping the gun for the first of my 2014 wrap up posts. Perhaps not. As the year comes to a close, I have reflected on all the many wonderful memories I have made, the changes that have occurred, and the stories I have shared. I have many guiding principles with respect to […]

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Personal History

Conference Class Triggers Bittersweet Memory

Last week I shared how inspired I was during the class Putting Family Back Into Family History. I briefly mentioned that I had several writing activities to do during the class. I was struck by the power this particular memory brought back to me. Two years ago this past Thursday, my mother passed away. In […]

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Memorabilia
Treasure Chest Thursday

Photo Friday: So Frustrated With Camera

Favorite photo taken using my PowerShot SX100IS Last year, the camera that has captured much of what I have shared in my Treasure Chest Thursday posts stopped working. The lens just wouldn’t open any longer. I can hear the tragic, “wa, wa, wah” as I recall the day I knew I needed a new camera. […]

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Appearances
Family History Consultant
Personal History

Inspired By a Family History Writing Class

I thoroughly enjoyed a class at a recent family history conference. Interestingly, it was probably the most ‘simple’ class of all, meaning it was a low technology class. The title was Putting Family Back Into Family History. To order your copy visit FamilySearch.org I in for a treat! The teacher had a few simple display items: […]

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Scrapbooking

Heritage Scrapbooking: Home From the Hospital

Can there be a blue-paged layout in a baby girl scrapbook? Yes! I think it depends upon the subject of the layout. In this case, the photos were of my older brother shortly after I came home from the hospital. Pink would not necessarily have complimented his mischievous yet innocent photos. So, I selected colors […]

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Memorabilia
Treasure Chest Thursday

Treasure Chest Thursday: Two More Coins from the Collection

In the previous posts, I’ve shared what can happen when you put the same coin under different lighting conditions. This week, I’ll share two more coins from my husband’s childhood collection. Apollo 11 Commemorative Coin f/3.5, exp 1/4, ISO 80  Pattern Metering Simply crop out the tape mark before including the photo in your final project! […]

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Scrapbooking

Heritage Scrapbooking: Baby Girl Birth Layout

Do you have old photos, a baby book, and the story surrounding your birth or that of someone you love? If you do, you have the foundation for a great baby themed heritage scrapbook page. Birth: Paper and Elements from Correen Silke, Hello, Auntie When crafting a heritage album about a specific person, it’s important […]

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