Month: February 2015

Memorabilia

Jewelry on Black Backgrounds is Hit or Miss

Photo settings: f/5, exp 1/10 sec with -1 bias, ISO 200, 55 mm Focal Length, Partial Metering Mode, White Fluorescent White Balance   The post,  Lessons Learned From First Photo Session shared my first experiment with my new camera. I thought photographing gold rings on a black background would showcase the items. I have photographed many items with white backgrounds but […]

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Scrapbooking

Heritage Scrapbooking: Use Journaling From the Past

Scrapbook pages without journaling are pretty photo album pages. However, journaling is regularly very difficult for most people, let alone folks who create scrapbooks. If you are working on a heritage scrapbook, try this trick. Use the journaling of someone else, especially of someone else at the time of the event. Left side of portrait […]

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Appearances

A Second RootsTech Streaming Recap

Before I recap some of the other things I learned or observed during the streaming of RootsTech, I have to say Tan Le and Donny Osmond were outstanding! Tan’s story was amazing. I love how she tied the lessons and the legacy of the women in her family tree together. Isn’t that what we all […]

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RootsTech 2015
Appearances

Initial RootsTech Impressions

Though I’m not an official RootsTech Ambassador, I want to share some of my initial takeaways from the opening streamed session. During the session held on Thursday, Dennis Brimhall announced a major breakthrough for Mexican Ancestry research. Indexing of Spanish records has lagged behind other languages making researching ancestors in Mexico challenging. Compound that by […]

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Editorial
Personal History

Motivation Monday: Don’t Look Beyond the Mark

Inspiration to sustain me as a mother, home educator, and family historian was on my mind today. My desire to inspire family, friends, church members, and complete strangers to be involved in the conscious preservation of their family history perpetually consumes my thoughts. Additionally, I want to be a light of Christ to the world […]

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Image of gold ring on a black background with title lessons learned while photographing jewelry
Memorabilia
Photo Friday

Lessons Learned From the First Photo Session With Jewelry

Are you learning how to use your camera to take pictures of your family treasures? It’s scary. It’s challenging. But there are so many things I learned from photographing the most difficult treasure to capture with a camera – jewelry! I started with a pearl ring that I received after winning a local beauty pageant. […]

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Heritage Scrapbook Cover for a Father #scrapbooking #bluegreentheme
Organizing Research
Scrapbooking

Power Scrapbooking: Organizing Photos in Photoshop Elements

Why create a personal or family history scrapbook? I have answered that before in a post entitled Why create a  family history scrapbook?  I have also used scrapbooks to Gain Access to Other People’s Stuff. I hope you’ll review posts for more inspiration. Now that we’ve reviewed why I want to begin showing you how […]

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Appearances

Roots Tech Streaming Options Confusing, Exciting

I have been anticipating the Roots Tech streaming schedule since January 1st. Surely previous years would serve as precedent and the schedule would be available about a week or two before the event. I first noticed the streaming schedule on Monday of this week with Roots Tech streaming starting on Thursday. I was a bit […]

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Organize With RootsMagic
Organizing Research
Software
Writing Family History

Organize for a Writing Project Through RootsMagic

If you want to write a family history book, you should find a system that simplifies how you organize your writing project. RootsMagic simplifies the organization process. The Wrong Way to Organize for a Writing Project Whenever I have a grand idea to write a book or teach a family history workshop, I start recording […]

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Scrapbooking

Heritage Scrapbooking: Should I Enhance the Photo

Many genealogy conferences and websites have workshops on retouching old photos. Scrapbook websites have tutorials on retouching photos as well. What happens if the retouching work needed is beyond your skill set? Should you pay for a professional to retouch your work? Or should you just make do? Left side of portrait layout Right side […]

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