Scrapbooking Your Family History

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The history of your family is a sacred thing -- a priceless record that defines where you come from and influences who you are. It can establish a sense of familial connectedness across lifetimes and continents. In Scrapbooking Your Family History, Maureen Taylor shows you how to uncover your ancestry, then record and display it in an attractive, well-organized heritage album packed with important papers, pictures, and memorabilia. It's a format for telling the story of your genealogy in words and pictures that ...
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Overview

The history of your family is a sacred thing -- a priceless record that defines where you come from and influences who you are. It can establish a sense of familial connectedness across lifetimes and continents. In Scrapbooking Your Family History, Maureen Taylor shows you how to uncover your ancestry, then record and display it in an attractive, well-organized heritage album packed with important papers, pictures, and memorabilia. It's a format for telling the story of your genealogy in words and pictures that anyone can understand -- even children. Whether you're a beginning genealogist, an experienced scrapbooker, or somewhere in between, Taylor makes getting started easy. Each chapter includes skill building exercises, genealogical resource profiles, extensive illustrations, hands-on tutorials, and more. Taylor will help you create a family history scrapbook that's both beautiful and personal, something you'll treasure for the rest of your life. Start scrapbooking your family history today. Future generations could ask for no finer legacy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558706835
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/20/2003
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.55 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 11
Introduction: Victorian Pastime and Modern Obsession 15
Finding Ancestral Scrapbooks 16
Interpreting Ancestral Albums 16
Caring for Ancestral Albums 19
Timeline of Scrapbooking History 20
Chapter 1 Getting Started 23
Start with What You Know 24
Home Sources 25
Interview Living Relatives 25
Skill-Building: Using a Pedigree Chart 26
Organize as You Go 26
Checklist of Basic Sources 27
Working From Home 28
Web Sites to Get Started 29
Connecting to Cousins Online 29
Skill-Building: Writing a Sample Query 30
Basic Types of Message Boards 31
Heraldry: Truth and Myth 32
Timeline of Genealogical Milestones 33
Chapter 2 What Did Your Ancestor Look Like 35
Unraveling Photographic Mysteries 37
A Photographic Mystery 40
Locating Images 41
Photo Permissions 44
Rules of Caring for Images 45
Timeline: Photographic History 46
Chapter 3 Working with Documents 49
Recognize the Style 50
Deciphering Handwriting 53
Dating an Undated Manuscript 54
Skill-Building: Writing a Query 57
Caring for Your Documents 58
Repairing a Torn Manuscript or Book 60
De-acidifying Documents 60
Timeline of Handwriting 61
Encapsulating a Document 62
Chapter 4 Memorabilia, Artifacts and Heirlooms 65
Making Those Heirlooms Tell Their Story 66
Skill-Building: Dinnerware 67
Locating Memorabilia and Artifacts 69
The Future of Your Memorabilia, Artifacts, and Heirlooms 71
Using Heirlooms, Memorabilia, and Artifacts in a Scrapbook 72
Chapter 5 Making Your Ancestor a Real Person 75
Questions to Answer 76
Skill-Building: Working with Reference Staff 77
Skill-Building: Timelines 77
Techniques to Follow Your Ancestors in History 78
Learn More About Daily Life 80
Hometown History 80
Become Your Ancestor for a Day 81
Chapter 6 Telling the Story 83
Captioning Techniques 84
Family Stories to Tell 85
Recording Your Sources 85
Charts 87
Non-Traditional Families 88
Basic Tips to Remember 88
Chapter 7 Working with a Theme 91
Finding a Theme 92
Selecting Photographs, Artifacts, and Documents 93
Copying Techniques 93
Improving the Quality of Damaged Images 94
Setting Your Page in the Time Period 96
Ways to Add Interest to Your Theme 96
Skill-Building: Clip Art 98
Skill-Building: Recreate Old Handwriting or Typefaces 98
Keep it Simple 98
Digital Scrapbooks 99
Preserving Your Digital Creations 100
Chapter 8 Creating an Album for the Future 103
Albums 105
Paper 105
What About Vellum? 105
Adhesives 106
Skill-Building: Removing Old Adhesive 107
Skill-Building: Disassembling Magnetic Albums 107
Inks, Pens, and Markers 108
Rubber Stamping 109
Sheet Protectors 109
Stickers 109
Ways to Save Money 110
Family Memorabilia 110
Basic Rules of Scrapbooking 111
Toolkit for a Safe Scrapbook 112
Chapter 9 Organizing What You Don't Use 115
Finding the Time 116
Sorting and Organizing 116
Labeling and boxing 117
Storage Considerations 120
Chapter 10 Taking Your Research Beyond the Album 123
Magazines, Newsletters, and E-zines 125
City Directories 125
Skill-Building: Directories 125
Immigration Documents 126
Military Documents 127
Numbering Systems 128
Genealogical Software 129
Asking for Help 130
Writing Your Family History 131
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