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

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

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.

Birth & Marriage

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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.


Workshop at Bud Werner Library, Steamboat Springs, CO

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!

So many ways to share your story!


I’m currently attending SCGS Jamboree in beautiful Burbank, CA and I must say it’s one of the best conference I’ve attended in awhile.  Everyone seems so friendly and willing to help others.  And the sessions have been filled with great content. There’s a lot that can be gleaned from the wealth of information offered by this talented group of genealogy enthusiasts.

As you may already know, I’m a firm believer in the fact that you need to share your research with others!  You’ve worked had to find out more about your family history and it would be a sad state of affairs if it were to remain in a file drawer or on the shelf in a binder.  I’ve had a great opportunity over the course of the past 3 days to share my digital genealogy scrapbooking ideas as a means to help others share what’s been found about their ancestors. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be conducting another workshop at the Bud Werner Library in Steamboat Springs, CO.  I hope if you’re in the area .. you’ll plan to attend.

I’m also working on a few other things that I look forward to sharing with you in the near future, which will make it even easier for you to have your digital genealogy scrapbook created so you can share your family history artistically.



How rewarding!

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!

Your Family History Album

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.

Album Cover

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!

Photo Editing Software

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!


Yesterday ... 1963

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 :)


So, why should I?

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  Just read the reviews and see what others have to say!  Then get started today!!