Tag Archive for family history

Little Stories

Yesterday, while sorting through some of The Family Archive, I stumbled onto this little jewel from our time in Germany. I worked for Boston University’s Overseas Programs which was headquartered at Hammonds Barracks – about halfway between Mannheim and Heidelberg. It’s a decorated egg shell created by the husband one of my co-workers. He made…

Storytelling

On the Apple home page today is a gorgeous video presentation – What will your verse be? – that challenges us to create our own “verses” in the story of our world. Of course, they would prefer we do it using Apple products, but still it’s quite inspirational. I must admit that I am finding…

From the Archives: Sharing Treasures

Sharing your digitized family archives can be a challenge. I’m looking for ways to organize and present my grandfather’s letters so other family members and research cousins will also have access to them.

The Family Yearbook – Timing

The problem with the holiday newsletter is that it arrives at one of the busiest times of the year. Often I don’t get a chance to really sit down and read the newsletters we receive until after New Years as we’re taking down the decorations and putting things away. I love the idea of a…

Christmas is Coming!

Christmas is less than 100 days away. Looking for some heritage gift ideas? You’ll find some great ones here along with resources to make it happen. Most of these are fairly simple to create – it’s finding the perfect photos that takes the most time.

iPhone Baby Book

Busy moms are juggling kids, jobs, activities and pets. Finding time to start – let alone maintain – a baby book is a challenge. I see a lot of moms using their app phone and Facebook to capture and share all those special moments. I like the phone part of that but Facebook? The thought…

Scrapshot: Creating Atmosphere

Here’s a situation where I had no supporting family images for the story. So, I used a current photo of a shrimp boat coming through the bridge. I then used an app [SketchMee for Mac – $7.99] to convert the photo to a monochrome (sepia) sketch. I did this for two reasons. First, the story…

The Personal Archive – a Valuable Asset

As Denise Levenick has so beautifully illustrated in her book, How to Archive Family Keepsakes, a good part of our family “stuff” is an historical record of our lives and those of our ancestors. Those of us who have taken on the challenge of preserving our family archives have worked hard to protect our treasures…

Charming Stories

Susan Branch is one of my favorite artists and her books are always a delight. She has combined her artistic and writing skills into a delicious combination of stories, photos, quotations, artistic embellishments and recipes. While enjoying her travels across England and discussions about people, places and things that make up her world, I’m also…