For the Lord is gracious;
his steadfast love is everlasting,
and his faithfulness endures
from generation to generation.
Psalm 100: 5
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Genealogy is a written record of your ancestry(Family tree). It is the study of your legacy, your family history, of your ancestors and members of your family tree. It is not just a collection of dates, places and facts. It is much more personal than that.
As we start out by finding our ancestors we somehow hope to find a connection to royal bloodlines, or a kinship to some famous person. But that is most likely not the case. We will probably find out that our forefathers were common, hard working men and women who struggled through life making a living for themselves and their families.
When I think of life as a giant jigsaw puzzle and I think of myself as one small part of that big picture, I realize that all those other pieces are needed to complete the picture.The other pieces are my ancestors and forefathers. They are all part of me, part of who I am .
Genealogical research and scrapbooking have both become popular pastimes.
I hope you will be inspired to to research and trace your roots and then create an heirloom memory book, a family history book to pass on to your children and grandchildren.
I hope that this site encourages scrapbookers to add more history in their heritage albums, and that it will encourage genealogists to create heritage scrapbooks.
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Biographies and Scrapbooking : Our Attempts to Capture the Past
At first glance you may think of biographies and scrapbooking as 2 very different things but as a fan of both I know what drives my passion for both. Biographies are the accounts of someone's life, though usually they are in written form in biography books they can be spoken word versions like those on audio books. Some can even be made into film. How many Elvis Presley movies have you seen? They are usually authorized by the subject of the book and is for the most part backed up by some form of documentation. The unauthorized ones don't necessarily have back up and may at times appear to be works of fiction.
Scrapbooking is the gathering of pictures, news stories and written accounts of significant occasions in one's life. When people think of scrap books they may think of their children since many mothers are given scrapbooking albums to use for documenting their child's first year of life. Those memories are often the most special and usually the most fleeting.
So as you can see biographies and scrapbooking have to do with preserving our memories. If you look at the best seller lists in the biographies sections of bookstores you will often find movie stars like Jimmy Stewart or Natalie Wood. If you are film buff like I am you can appreciate how an actor or actress can define an era. By reading about them you get closer to reliving that time. Other biographies center around great historical figures like Abraham Lincoln or Albert Einstein. We love to see how people with seemingly ordinary beginnings like you and I can go on to achieve great things.
Though scrapbooking is not typically thought of as the traditional biography imagine what it would be like to have a scrapbook totally dedicated to all the important events in the life of George Washington or Abraham Lincoln. Some of you may debate that this has already been done by the interweaving of photographs in biographical books.
With the advances in technology today scrapbooking your family history is becoming a full media event. Online scrapbooking services exist that allow you to add photos, videos and audios to timelines of events in your family's life. The true fan of biographies will also be able to benefit from these advances where the producer of a biography will be able to interweave video, documents, interviews and other audio to bring to life a richer representation of what biographies are all about.
So as you can see biographies and scrapbooking have a lot in common and will benefit from the advances in production of both. Biographies in audio book format are my current preference but I can see a future full of biographies that do more than just tell a person's life story. They will make you feel like you lived it!
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Scrapbooking Preserves Family History
Don't let precious photo's fade away in an old shoe box or old photo album. Don't let those precious stories of your ancestors go untold. Gather the picture's and put them together with the stories of your ancestors in an organized manner that will preserve their history of their life. We can learn so much from our families past and enjoy getting to know them through the pictures and stories. So much can be done to display your family heritage story, and it is a story. You are part of a family that started further back than anyone can remember; so tell everyone about it in your own unique way. Since you are telling a story of real life make sure you tell the good times and the bad times.
With the pictures make sure you use a contrasting color for the background paper. This will help to bring the details out in the pictures. Combine the pictures and the journaling together in a pleasant manner; also include documents that relate to different aspects of their life. Certificates, military papers, work related items, newspaper articles, tickets from a show, or quotes from an interview you did. Don't put too many items on a page though or it will look crowded. Spread it out. Add three dimensional items whenever you can because it helps to make the person more real. We can feel and see the item. Also, use your own words of your memories of your ancestors because this gives a different point of view of the person. Use your imagination and use pleasing colors, shapes, lace or leather, whatever fits the personality of the person that you are telling about. The most important thing is to bring memories of your ancestor.
There are many ways to preserve your family memories and history, using photos, videos, words, and music with the ability to make a digital scrapbook. With the computer and many programs available for choosing hundreds of designs and drop in your photos and videos. You customize color combination, journal entries, and different embellishments with your photos to enhance the history of your family. Recap the last family reunion as soon as you return and the memories will be fresh on your mind. Sharing your family's happiest memories with others are so much fun but also gratifying. Share what you have discovered when you do family research. It is amazing how much we don't know about our own family and how interesting it can be to us. Preserving our family history can also be vital information needed for future generations. Bigger items such as a wedding dress, pocket watch, Purple Heart award or family quilt that can't be captured on a page can be included by photocopying or scanning them and using the copies in your history.
The hardest part of scrapbooking and preserving your history is getting started or getting organized. It can look overwhelming at first if you haven't been keeping track of things first. Work and organize by sorting photos in files or boxes that are archival safe. Make sure to label them by person, family, time-period, life-stages or other theme. Then assemble all the materials needed to scrapbook your pages together. If you choose to do paper and embellishments then get the proper materials that will preserve your photos and items. If you choose to do digital then get all of the programs and materials needed to achieve the project in that manner. The digital programs are very easy to follow and are very user friendly.
Family history and genealogy is much more meaningful when it is shared with the living relatives and preserved for future generations. It's important to share the present, preserve the past, and share the history. Connect with your family members and work together with your memories and preserving your old family photos are important. Family history can be shared and displayed in a lot of ways, such as a family tree, a time line, or a chart. There are many online resources to help families with ideas and tips of family history. There are many resources online that will help with every little step of your family history, family history CD, or an online blog, from writing to designing to publication.
Some families like the more personal touch and like to hand write the history or at least journal parts of the entries. It can be very relaxing for a lot of people to scrapbook. Some families have got together for special occasions like 80th birthday or 50th anniversaries and have every person in the family do one page with photos and memories of that person and then compile the pages into a scrapbook history book for the person. It is a great way to celebrate their history and their life.
When tracing your family's history it is important to remember the importance of preserving not only the stories of the past, but also the stories of the living. Encourage your family members to record their memories for posterity with one of these wonderful journal type history books. Have questions with ample room in which there is room to write answers. This will become a treasured part of your family history for generations to come. Remember how important it is to share the present, preserve the past, and record the history for future generations.
Jacque Fairbourn is a consultant and mother working to promote chipboard shapes with TotalClassCreative, an online resource for craft supplies.