Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Family Story

For Christmas 2012 I wanted to do something special for my Dad. I had spent alot of time during the year researching the life of his Mum and writing a series on my blog called "The Grandma I Never Knew." In fact, that particular research has been the main emphasis of this particular genealogy blog for the past year. As I talked with my wife about Christmas presents we decided to put together a 'family book' that contained the photographs I had collected of my Dad's Mum and collected the research into one piece.

I am sure many family genealogists would like to produce a book of some kind to keep a hard copy of the information. Here's just one very simple way you can do it.

Here are some of the pages:


This was the front cover, as designed by my beautiful wife.


This is an example of one of the pages with a picture of my grandma's family. Below are a few more.





I think my favourite is the one which contains the hymn 'Whispering Hope' that my Grandma used to love to sing.

In the coming year I hope to add a couple of pages as I find out new information and to add iris' husband Idris' story to it.

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    1. Thanks Jana:) My wife did a great job on it. I passed your comment along:)

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    2. Michael,

      I just wanted to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2013/01/follow-fridayfab-finds-for-january-11.html

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    3. Wow, thanks Jana:) I appreciate that.

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  2. Hello, Michael. I found your blog via Thomas MacEntee's Facebook post. The pages you share here are absolutely wonderful! I am wondering, did you make them by scrapbooking, or was it done through Ancestry Publish...? I am so impressed! I, too, have Welsh roots. My paternal grandmother was Harriet (Jones) Newton. Her family were coal miners in Scranton, PA who emigrated from Glamorgan County, Wales: Merthyr Tydfil, Dowlais, & Gelligaer. I also have a Davies line in my family: Hannah Davies md. Thomas J. Rowlands in Merthyr Tydfil in 1852. They were my 3rd great grandparents. I haven't been able to find anything out about Hannah yet. Glad to find a fellow Welshman!

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    1. Wrote out a reply and it posted as a new thread, but if you read below it is there.

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  3. Debra, thanks for your comment. My wife created it herself, she found a background image she could use and then I provided the text. She then put the images with the text and decided what particular parts to pull out and highlight so it was offset against the rest. It ended up quite pricey since it was all printed in full color on glossy paper but we figured it is one hard copy and worth it, we kept all the pages in digital format as well.
    Also: great to meet another with welsh roots. Some of my family worked in the north east of America for a few years before traveling back to Wales I just haven't looked into that quite yet, I think there were others that may have emigrated earlier as well but once again I haven't quite reached that far back! I look forward to reading some of your own blogs too!

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  4. That's beautiful! I do digital scrapbooking, so I know how much work and creative effort went into it!

    I, too, have Welsh roots, and am still investigating them!

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    1. Good luck with your investigations Sherry and thank you for your kind comments on the digital scrapbooking.

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  5. Yes, this is a beautiful book! Good luck with your Genealogy goals for 2013. I will follow you. But don't worry, there will be no chastisement if you don't reach them all. I think two posts a month is very realistic. I'm trying to do one a week, but won't commit to it. I'm still working on my first post ("Name Dropping") for this year.

    Regards,

    Grant

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    1. Grant, thank you for your kind words. As for my goals, I hope I do reach them, as you say, I tried to make them realistic - particularly with regards to my current life patterns with full time work, college and writing a novel.
      Good luck on your one a week post - having it that regular can make a big difference sometimes!

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  6. Very cool! I am still so tied to "real" books that this is right up my alley. Here's hoping that I can take initiative from you! Beautiful work!

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    1. Heather, glad that it inspired you :) Hope to see some of your future work!

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