Updated Guide now available!

You know I’ve been presenting at RootsTech and doing other workshops for the past three years on how to put all your findings into an intriguing and creative format that will not only help you to share the material but also will hold the interest of those who are viewing it.  There’s one thing that frequently stands out as to why the attendees at my presentations and workshops don’t move forward with the creation of their family album.  The primary reason is the expense and the difficult learning curve of the photo-editing software.  Well, help is on the way!

I was very fortunate to meet Blayne White in Salt Lake City at RootTech this past February.  She is the designer of ScrapRoom Software and soon to be launched the new software – Gather – which is designed just for folks like ourselves.  It is not only easy to use, but it puts everything in one place – photos, templates, stories and projects.  I can’t wait for you to get started with using this new approach.  You’re going to love it!

Just released - 3rd Edition!

Just released – 3rd Edition!

And more exciting news!!  The 3rd edition of my popular guide has just been published.  The new version uses Scraproom Software ..  it’s so much easier than the expert portion of Adobe Photoshop Elements …. yet you get the same great results.  The guide book is now available for purchase from LuLu.com as well as in a .pdf for download from this blog.  It walks you, step-by-step, through the process of creating your very own digital genealogy scrapbook, including the documents you’ve found in your research, photos, stories about your family and even video!  Then once you’ve completed your album, the guide offers more detail on how to use the software to share your masterpiece. So don’t delay- get your copy today, and get started on that album. You have so much to share!


Hope to see you at SCGS Jamboree’15

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Are you planning to create your own Genealogy Scrapbook? Well, you’re in luck!  I’m excited to announce that I will be conducting a 4 hour workshop in Burbank, CA.  It will be on June 4th in conjunction with the 2015 Jamboree sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society.  This is a wonderful conference in a great location!

My workshop is  “hands-on” and uses the newly introduced ScrapRoom Software to help you create and preserve your family history artistically!  You’ll walk away with the first few pages of your album completed and a plan to finish a work of art you’ll be proud to share with family and friends.  Registration is open until April 30th but seats are limited so don’t delay – register today!


Incredible Offer to get you started on Your Family History Album!


After two years of giving presentations designed to help family historians create their own Digital Genealogy Scrapbooks, I have uncovered the number one reason that most attendees do not move forward.  That is, they are intimidated by Adobe Photoshop Elements!  Is that the case for you?

Well, as luck would have it – there is now an awesome alternative.  While at RootsTech’15 I met with Blayne White and learned of a product that is about to make your life and the creation of your genealogy scrapbook a whole lot easier.   Please take a moment to visit her website – ScrapRoomsoftware.com.  As you will see,  she has designed ScrapRoom from the ground up to be easy to use/learn.  It makes the digital experience easy for everyone! And it is especially designed for story-tellers like ourselves.

Now for the really exciting news …. SAVE $20 … with the discount code barbg20 when you purchase ScrapRoom software.  This is such a powerful and yet easy-to-use software program!  Don’t miss the opportunity to not only save money but to help you get underway with saving your family memories in your own Digital Genealogy Scrapbook.




Guidebook now available thru Maia’s Books

While at the RootsTech ’15 conference, I met with Martha Mercer of Maia’s Genealogy & History Books.  I’m pleased to announce that she has agreed to stock my book.  So if you’re interested in acquiring my Guide to Creating a Digital Genealogy Scrapbook, you will be able to order it through her website www.MaiasBooks.com.  If you have any questions, please contact her at info@maiasBooks.com.

Thank You

My thanks to everyone who attended my Sessions at RootsTech15.  I hope you’re anxious to get started on your own Digital Genealogy Family Album.

Remember YinDesigns has offer 25% off on her templates until the end of the month.  Just click on the link offered on the side of my blog under Digital Scrapbooking to get to the  YinDesign site.  Then select your templates for purchase,  add coupon code ROOTS25 and “Apply” and then proceed to checkout.

Thanks to those of you who purchased my guide, Creating a Digital Genealogy Scrapbook,  and if you still need one the links are available here for either the softcover copy from LuLu.com or the printable PDF copy listed in the side column of this blog “Buy Now”.

Now, get to work,  so those memories can be shared and enjoyed by all!

Paperback Guide now Available from LuLu.com

My Guide is now available for purchase on LuLu.com  and Amazon Kindle!  It covers, in great detail, the process that I’ll be discussing in my sessions at RootsTech 2015 on February 12th & 13th.

Check out the preview at Guide to Creating a Digital Genealogy Scrapbook


See you at RootsTech 2015

Exciting news! Yes, I’ve been invited back to speak once again at RootsTech 2015. And this year I will be conducting a Lab for 90 minutes on Thursday at 3:00PM and an hour session on Friday morning. Hope to see you there!


Perfect Opportunity!

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With the Thanksgiving Holiday nearly upon us, you have what I consider to be the Perfect Opportunity to glean information from family members for your own Family History Album.

Now is the time to come up with the basic plan for your album, if you haven’t done so already.   Then when you’re with your family you can inquire about their thoughts, ideas, and facts of what they know about your family history.

You could do something as simple as this idea that I saw recently  at https://www.typhaniepeterson.com/2013/11/around-the-table.html

Then when you’re ready to begin work on one of the pages in your family album, you can include the comments from you present family and perhaps even link their thoughts back to what they might have had in common with their ancestors.

RootsTech2015 – Presentation on Creating a Digital Genealogy Scrapbook

Just heard back after submitting my request to present once again at RootsTech.  I’m pleased that I’ve been invited back to speak once again at RootsTech in Salt Lake City, UT in February 2015.

I have developed a video that demonstrates how to create a digital genealogy scrapbook page using a marriage certificate, Birth certificate as well as photos.  The page documents information that I have on my grandfather Fred Schwerman, Sr. and his wife Ruth (Bauer).   I created the video to use as part of my demonstration on how to present your findings in an interesting, artistic manner.   My topic is Creating a Digital Genealogy Scrapbook and I’ll be doing a follow up presentation to the one I gave in 2014 as well as a Hands-On Workshop. I’ve attended this conference for the past three years and have always walked away with very useful information.

For more information on RootsTech2015 go to https://rootstech.org/

Below is a sample of the page that I demonstrate in my video.  I’m excited! Can’t wait to share this awesome tool with the many genealogists who will attend the conference from all over the world.

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Now Here’s an Idea!

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Almost all genealogists know the importance of citing sources of the information that they’ve located in various records.  It’s important to be able to show the evidence of all findings, so others will find your information as credible.

But what about when you’re creating a digital genealogy scrapbook … How do you go about including the source information for your work?

I have three suggestions ….

1.  You can could include a page at the back of your album that lists all of the sources related to documents, individuals and events that are included in your album.  It would appear just like a bibliography at the end of the book.

2.  Or you could use the QR Code that I mention in my book “Creating a Digital Genealogy Scrapbook” and link to a PDF document that identifies the appropriate sources.

3.  If you plan to print you album on separate pages that are then to be inserted into page protectors in an album, you could use YinDesign’s tabs and put a “pull-out” sheet of paper with the sources listed in between the two scrapbook pages.

Just as an added thought … these “add-ons” don’t have to be limited to Primary and Secondary Sources … you could use any of the above ideas to include narratives such as “the rest of the story”  or other additional information that you didn’t have room for on your digital genealogy scrapbook page.