Month: January 2013

Thankful Thursday

Followers Have Become My New Muse

oday I’m feeling a bit of gratitude for those who follow my blog. When a person is filled with such gratitude, they should share. This post is for those wonderful people who follow my blog, leave comments, or just read anything of interest to them. Some of you may know that my number one fan, […]

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Memorabilia
Treasure Chest Thursday

Photographing Baby Toys in the Family History Keepsakes Collection

Photographing Baby Toys (f/4.5; exposure time 1/20, ISO 100, exp bias +0.7, 16 mm focal length, Center Weight Average metering, Manual white balance) It is fun to see the objects that family members played with as kids. In the same box that contained my husband’s baby sweaters, a few baby toys were included. The funny […]

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Scrapbooking

Baby Themed Heritage Scrapbook Layouts

This particular layout does not feature an artifact, but it does feature my father as an infant. My family history collection includes my father’s Baby book. My grandmother Helen Zumstein Geiszler took great care in recording the facts of her only child. The book was so helpful in creating a scrapbook page for inclusion in […]

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Memorabilia
Treasure Chest Thursday

Photographing Baby Clothes for Family History

Now that you have organized your personal or family heritage memorabilia and have learned about light boxes and seamless backdrops, we can continue improving our photos.   Over the last year, I have enjoyed taking photos of the artifacts of my ancestors. I have shown you a few things of my own personal history (clothing, […]

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Scrapbooking

How to Scrapbook a Sensitive Difficult Topic

Do you have artifacts for your ancestors about school? Would you like to include it on a scrapbook page? I do and I did. I have a copy of my father’s high school graduation certificate. How can I use the certificate when I don’t have a story about my father’s childhood or schooling? Education Layout […]

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Gravestone photos

Gravestone Photography How To Website

Header for StonePics Website As I was posting my photos from various Ohio Cemeteries, I came across this website. It had so much useful information, my head spun. However, I tried to implement many of the tips and strategies into my own photography attempts. Cemetery & Headstone Photography: The StonePics Method If you want to […]

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Memorabilia

My Studio for Photographing Family Keepsakes

After using the lightbox and learning more about how to improve the quality of my pictures, I realized it will not accommodate any sizable artifact. I have shirts that I’d love to photograph on a dress form, trophies that are larger than the lightbox, Homecoming mums, and many other large objects. I want quality pictures […]

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Scrapbooking

Story Pages for Your Heritage Scrapbook

In previous posts, I’ve discussed the need to use family trees, mini-family trees, and timelines in your heritage albums. Today I’d like to consider another type of layout, namely Story Pages Here’s an explanation from my book Family History Scrapbooking Simplified: “The majority of the pages in your scrapbook will be story pages. Story pages […]

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Writing Family History

Lewis Brown: 1940 US Census and Marriage correction

Louise and Lewis Brown About 1942, Still Newlyweds As I posted previously, my maternal grandfather Lewis Brown married Louise Long on 27 Feb 1940. That date didn’t seem wrong until I found Lewis and Louise living in separate homes during the 1940 US Census. Lewis was living with his widowed mother. He was a truck […]

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Personal History

Friday Funny: I’m the butt of many jokes

There was so much love around the breakfast table this morning. I had a little mix up this morning and my second child asked if this was a “brain fart”. I said “No, it’s a simple mistake. A brain fart is when you completely blank out on something or when you completely mix something up.” […]

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