Month: February 2013

Memorabilia
Treasure Chest Thursday

Treasure Chest Thursday: Fad Items

Did you or your relative ever get caught up in fads? Did you have to have that something that everyone else had? For some it’s Coca-cola items, for some it is Beanie Babies, for others, it was Cabbage Patch dolls or Pokemon cards. For others, they collected vintage Barbie dolls. The fad possibilities are astounding […]

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Scrapbooking

Heritage Scrapbooking: Funeral Pages

I have shared a number of Story Pages from two of the heritage scrapbooks that I have created. I certainly hope that you have been inspired to create stories about the lives of your ancestors. When I created my father’s family history scrapbook, he had passed away. So the final layout of his scrapbook would […]

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Memorabilia
Treasure Chest Thursday

Photographing Jewelry for Your Family History

Jewelry can be very difficult to photograph. I still have so much to learn about orientation and lighting. What makes these objects so difficult is their reflective nature. I learned a lot about spot metering on my digital camera when I photographed my grandfather’s artifacts (a watch, military bracelet, and name bracelet, and more). I […]

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Scrapbooking

Heritage Scrapbook Layouts with Church Records

When genealogists go looking for documents about people, they usually look for census and vital records first. These records are more readily available online. After these records are found, church records have been the next major record to seek after. Church records tell you what faith a person holds and perhaps what kind of life […]

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Memorabilia
Treasure Chest Thursday

Use Levels To Improve Your Keepsake Photographs

Last year, I shared a lot of photographs of the memorabilia I’ve photographed. I have learned to play with ISO, white balance, focus, exposure bias, and more. I still am understanding how everything works together to make amazing photos. Yet, I am capturing great photos with what knowledge I do have. But, I have one […]

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Scrapbooking

Father Themed Heritage Scrapbook Pages

As a reminder, the purpose of a family history scrapbook is not to cover all the information you know about everyone in the family history. The purpose is to entice people to learn more about their family members. If they want to know more, they’ll read a larger family history book.   Last week featured […]

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Writing Family History

Writing Family History Sample: Sherman’s Wife

Writing family history shouldn’t be too difficult when you see how others do it. In this sample, I share the section of Sherman Lewis Brown marrying Emma Virginia Townsend. Be inspired! Sherman Brown’s wife Emma Emma Virginia Townsend was born on 15 Jan 1880 in the village of Valley Crossing, located in Marion, Franklin County, […]

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Memorabilia
Treasure Chest Thursday

Photographing Shoes for Family History

Do you have (or want) a shoe collection that takes up three wall-to-ceiling organizers? Did you save your baby’s first pair of shoes? Do you save a pair of shoes related to a sport you played in high school? Do you have a pair of Dutch wooden shoes that your ancestor used to wear? The […]

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Scrapbooking

Mother Themed Pages in Heritage Scrapbooks

Heritage scrapbooks that focus on one person are the easiest to create. Focal Person albums feature the person, two generations of ancestors and two generations of descendants. To keep the size of the project manageable, I recommend creating a one-page layout of the subject’s mother and one about their father. Last week, I shared a […]

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Software
Writing Family History

Timeline Tip Writing Tip from the Armchair Genealogist

Evaline Townley Peak GEISZLER circa 1920, Scanned copy, Original in possession of Nancy Wasson Now, the narrative reports help get the ball rolling for writing your personal family history. I love a good place to start. I can’t seem to get the RTF export to work so I have to export this report to a […]

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