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.
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.
I’m looking forward to tomorrow when I’ll be doing a workshop for some enthusiast genealogists at the library in Steamboat Springs, CO. I spoke there earlier this year and am excited about the return invitation. Many thanks to Yin from Yin Design Templates who has offered a discount of 25% on her templates for the use by the group. Can’t wait to see the outcomes of their endeavors!
There’s nothing I enjoy more than seeing the results from someone that attended one of my Genealogy conference sessions and proceeded to take on the challenge of creating a family history album. I thought you might enjoy seeing the page that was created by one such inspired person about her new grandchild. I’m very proud of her initiative and the results:
Just think how Adelaide will feel when she reaches an age where she’d inquisitive about her family and see’s this first page in the family history album, created by her own grandmother, who tells/shows the details surrounding her birth!
Although the 1st page may take awhile to create, as you learn the process, the rest become easier as you go along …. just like riding a bike
I hope more of you will share some of your pages and that those of you who keep saying to yourself “I need to do that” will take the plunge. My feeling is – there is no greater sadness than to see the research you’ve uncovered remain in a file or a binder, perhaps to be lost for the generations that follow. Don’t let that happen to all your findings!
By Creating a Digital Genealogy Scrapbook you help to preserve your Family History in an interesting and artistic way. One of the first steps is to determine which ancestors you’d like to include in this album. Will it be set up to show the information starting with the most recent decade or with the earliest generation that you’ve been able to uncover? The choice is entirely yours.
You might choose to make your album entirely about one individual – recording what you know about their entire life. Or you might decide to work with one Surname and describe the various individuals beginning with a great, great grandfather to the grandfather to the father and then the sons. Or trace those sharing MtDNA from great, great grandmother to grandmother to mother and then daughters. Maybe you just include your immediate family. If you have created multiple family trees, then you might want to create an album for each of the tree you’ve recorded.
It’s best to make the decision about who you will include and how the progression will go, before you start to work on your album. Then create a brief outline as I described in a previous post called “Where do I begin“. Once this is accomplished you’re well on your way to designing your creation that will likely be shared for generations to come!
I was recently asked if one must use Photoshop when creating a Digital Scrapbook. The answer is no, certainly not. However, I would say that if you are concerned about the expense, then give the Photoshop Elements software a try. Adobe offers a free trial version of Elements 12 at their site – The link is located on the right side panel under Digital Scrapbooking for your convenience.
I am currently using Photoshop Elements 11 because I am unable to afford the upgrade every year. I am fairly certain that other photo editing software will be able to perform certain tasks that are required in order to produce a digital scrapbook, but I am not familiar with other software products. I favor Adobe Photoshop because of its capabilities, the wide variety of techniques it it incorporates into the software program and because there are so many tutorials to help a novice along the way.
My recommendation is to give the Adobe software a try or to read the manual that comes with your current software to determine if it will accomplish the task.
For those of you who have already begun your Genealogy Scrapbook, I’d be interested in hearing from you … are you a Photoshop user or have you made use of another photo editing software program? What challenges have you faced so far in your project? Thanks for your input!
I’ll be attending SCGS Jamboree in Burbank, CA this year. As part of their 50th year celebration they’ve asked attendees to recall a memory to share from the 1960’s. As you know, I could just write out what I remember from back in the day … But I think you’ll agree – when you share your memory as a digital scrapbook page, it lends a lot more interest and invites the reader to “dive in”. Here is my submission. Wish me luck … hope I win
The big question is … why should I?
Why should I make a genealogy scrapbook?
Why should I make it a digital scrapbook?
… and most importantly Why should I buy the Guide to take me step by step through the process?
As a fellow genealogist, I know what goes into the sometimes laborious task of searching through records, visits to courthouses and other repositories and deciphering what you’ve uncovered on microfiche. Once you’ve made sense of it all, you are likely anxious to share with other family members. I know I am. Along the years you’ve probably had grandparents, aunts, cousins and other share the stories of your family. Now think about it… wouldn’t it be sad to know that without putting all this into some format that help to carry it forward, it could all be lost one day?
The best part of creating a digital scrapbook is that it is so easily shared. If you’re going to put your history together for others to view, then going the digital route makes it very easy to share – via email, blog, web, print, book and more.
Finally, I can only encourage you to buy your own copy of this helpful guide. First of all, after making the investment, you’ll be one step closer to creating your own family history album. Secondly, it is a very helpful step-by-step guide that walks you through everything you need to know to make a digital genealogy scrapbook that will preserve your history in an interesting and artistic fashion. Best of all … it’s now available for your kindle at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J3I60IQ. Just read the reviews and see what others have to say! Then get started today!!