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31 July 2013

Heritage Scrapbooking: Preparing a Presentation

Heritage Scrapbooking Presentation first slide
I feel terrible not posting more of my heritage scrapbooking projects. I have put them on hold a bit. I agreed to teach four classes at the local family history conference. I am excited. Knowing that I home school my kids, have an upcoming trip to Canada, and have a house that isn't self-cleaning, I am trying to space out the preparation of the class preparations. Thankfully, I was blessed with a day of free time with the kids self-managing nicely. So, I am happy to say I have one class prep down, and three more to go!

In case you know anyone fairly local, the Family History Symposium will be:
October 9, 2013
from 9 am to 4 pm

Cedar Rapids Family History Center,
4300 Trailridge Rd SE, Cedar Rapids, IA

Visit for more information as it becomes available.

30 July 2013

Tech Tuesday: How Can I Get a Response from FindAGrave

Orlando M Smith gravestone, photo by Devon Lee
I am so thankful for and the wonderful service the company and the volunteers provide. I have enjoyed adding my own service to the mix. And, I refer to this website almost as often as I do or

However, I have a number of relatives whose memorials I would like to manage. I have a number of memorials that I have sent repeated updates for but can not get the memorial manager to make changes.

I respectful understand that life gets busy and volunteers with hundreds of requests can often loose the requests. However, after multiple attempts and 9 months... how can I get a response? At this point, I just want to have the transfer of my relatives and I'll let the corrections on memorials not directly related to be go.

I have enjoyed the emails when I submit a request using the form method (see below). I think the processing is insanely faster. I submitted 6 corrections and received a "Edit Processed" confirmation email within 24 hours. Yep. Fast. But not every correction submission looks like this. Why? They really should.

Options available after selecting edit on FindAGrave

Screen after selecting birth/death date link. Looks just like the screen for entering information. Love that!
I know Tech Tuesday is supposed to be about tips for using Technology with Genealogy. However, I'm in need of reverse tips. Tips to help me get the answers I need for transferring information and suggestion that the Submit Edit Request forms apply to all the memorials.

26 July 2013

Photo Friday: Crown Pin

Pageant Pin
f/5, Exp 1/4, Exp bias +0.7, ISO 80, Focal Length 9 mm
AV 3.34, Metering: Center Weight Average

Compared to the watch photos of last week, I essentially set up the camera with the same setting. I zoomed out (9mm compared to 13 mm). And aperture changed from 3.65 to 3.34.

Photographing Mementos
f/5, Exp 0.6, Exp bias +0.7, ISO 80, Focal Length 9 mm
AV 3.34, Metering: Spot

I switched from Center Weight Average metering to Spot Metering, which I do regularly on small objects. This affected the Exposure from 1/4 to 0.6. the aperture remained the same. The second photo is the brighter of the two. And the color of the gold becomes shinier. Perfect for an object about pageantry.

My mother, Penny Geiszler, was the editor for Turn For The Judges news service. She gathered the pageant news focused on teenagers and older women in one place. In 1994, the project started as a mail out. In 1996, the information was online on a website I created for my mother (back in the days when web design was easy to learn). As the editor, she was often asked to judge a variety of pageants or to simply attend the pageants to cover them for TFTJ (as it became affectionately known as).

25 July 2013

Caroline Geissler Bricker Father's name is Thomas

I introduced you to Catherine Caroline Geißler two weeks ago and last week I shared photos that I'm not entirely certain of her children. Caroline continues to leave me with more questions than answers. Here is a taste of those questions.

To remind you, according to the Holy Cross baptism records, Catherine Caroline Geissler was born May 12, 1863.  She was the daughter of Joseph and Caroline (Mack) Geißler.

Death Record for Caroline Bricker, died 30 May 1952

However, on her death record, Caroline's father is listed as Thomas Geisler and mother is Caroline Mack.  I am certain this is her death records because of a number of factors, but again, why would the name Thomas be on her death record?

The death record was signed by her son Curtis Bricker. Prior to her death, Caroline's siblings Mary Elizabeth Geisler Grener, and Henry Joseph Geisler had died. Her husband, her mother, and step father had also died. So, Curtis would have had to draw upon his memory or a Family Bible. Is there a family bible in the Bricker family? I do not know.

Curtis must have used something to determine the name of the grandfather even his mother never knew. It's possible he used his step uncle's name (Thomas Billman). Oh, if only the Brickers had someone with some documents about the father Caroline never knew. A clue to the puzzle of where Caroline's father was from. Perhaps they could help me shatter this brick wall.

Gravesmarker for Allen and Lena Bricker,
buried in the Georgesville/Oak Grove Cemetery, Franklin County, OH

Another tidbit that I found. It is wonderful to see connection to the Georgesville/Oak Grove Cemetery. Caroline's step-father and mother were buried there. Her full brother Henry was buried there but no stone bares his name. Caroline's half-brother John L Billiman and his wife Ella (and two of their children) were buried in the same cemetery. And Caroline and Allen were laid to rest there.

How sad. I went to that cemetery and only really understood that my 3rd great-grandmother and her second husband were buried there, with my 2nd great-grandfather buried on the land where I stone (but with no stone). I hadn't realized so many relatives were also to be found in that cemetery.

23 July 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Martha Boyd Townley found

Find a Grave Rocks! Another success for my family. This time on my father's line for the Townley family which I know very little about.

Martha Boyd Townley, Spring Grove Cemetery
Memorial #79058389
For some people, they might wonder why I get so excited about non-blood relatives. The answer is, all relative are important. And, collateral lines help tell the story of my family (and provide clues when needed). So... Martha Townley (nee Boyd), is not a blood relative but she is important to me.

 Here's the line:

Me -> Dad -> Robert Paul Geiszler  -> Evaline Townley Geiszler (nee Peak) -> Evaline Peak (nee Townley) -> brother of Evaline, John Richard Townley -> wife of John Richard, Martha Townley (nee Boyd)

So Martha is a grand aunt a few generations back. My great grandmother Evaline Peak (nee Townley) welcomed any Townleys visitors who would travel to Columbus. It is believed that few did, so the "Townley's of Cincinnati" were 'over there' in the family stories. Too bad. I really want to know more.

But a wonderful volunteer brought an image of a gravestone to me. Yippee!

19 July 2013

Photo Friday: Watch Face

This is a first in a series of artifacts that I photographed at one time. I used the my not so seamless background set up. (Even with ironing, the material is still wrinkly. Ugh!). I set this up in my living room beside the larger window with wonderful soft natural lighting. I used a white foam board to bounce light back onto each subject as needed.
Photograph memorabilia
f/5, exp 1/4 sec, exp bias +0.7, ISO-80, AV 3.625
Metering: Center Weight Average

Photographing family heirlooms
f/5, exp 1/2 sec, exp bias +0.7, ISO-80, AV 3.625
Metering: Spot

Photograph family history
f/5, exp 1/4 sec, exp bias +0.7, ISO-80, AV 3.625
Metering: Center Weight Average

I like the second watch photo best. I like the way the background fades. However, the colors of in the third photo are more true.

Now... I'll confess that I don't know much about this object. I believe it was my mother's. I vaguely remember dad wearing a more hefty watch. This one, though larger enough to cover my entire wrist on one side, it is light weight. So, I believe this belonged to my mother. The other clue is that the majority of mementos were things that belonged to my mother.

Going on the assumption that it was my mother's, brings back these memories. Was a working woman in the eighties. She had the big hair, big glasses, and big jewelry (hence the watch). Her watch band would have been leather (or a leather substitute). And the band was probably changed out at least once. I remember one watch band was probably white and then it was brown at another time.

What I don't know is the story behind how mom got the watch and why she saved it all these years. So... when your relative loads you up with artifacts to photograph... ASK QUESTIONS! We have the technology to record their memories so we can draw upon it later. As you'll see in the next series of photos from my mother's stash... I did a genealogical no-no.

18 July 2013

Could these photos be Caroline Bricker's Daughter?

As I shared last week, Catherine Caroline Geißler married Allen Bricker. I forgot to share that Caroline is my 2nd great-aunt. Sorry about that.

In any case, Caroline became a mother in 1883 to Leona Bell Bricker. I have some photos that simply say “Younger Brikelmeier” and “Older Brikelheimer." These photos were found in the collection kept by Maggie Geiszler (nee Hoppe). She would have been Caroline's sister-in-law and would quite gladly want to share photos of Maggie's nieces and nephews with her. However, no records have this last name mentioned at all. So, I would like to guess that this might be Leona Bell Bricker (not Brikelmeier). But, I'm not going to guess. I want to figure it out. But, I can't do it alone.

Bricker or Brikelmeier
photo not labeled,
placed in photo album beside the next photo

Bricker or Brikelmeier
Labeled "Brikelmeier Oldest"

Bricker or Brikelmeier
photo not labeled,
placed in photo album beside the next photo
Bricker or Brikelmeier
Labeled "Brikelmeier Youngest"

Of the four photos, one of them was taken in Pomeroy, Ohio. It's possible that three photos are of Leona and the fourth is a photo of another girl entirely. I am not sure. It's also possible the Pomeroy photo was taken on a trip of some sort by the family.

I have not found any other daughters born to Caroline and Allen Bricker. So, I am fairly certain the Pomery, Ohio photo is not another Bricker daughter. So are all these photos of Leona? Or are they all of two entirely different ladies with the last name of Brikelmeier as the handwriting suggests?

To throw another log on the fire, I do have a photo of a Johnny Brikelhem (I think that is what the hand writing says). I wonder if this photo is of John Bricker born 5 Apr 1897 in Pleasant, Franklin, Ohio. John would be Leona's brother. However, there are no photos of Caroline's other children. Why? I'm not certain. And I'm not certain this photo of Johnny belongs to Caroline and Allen Bricker.

Johnny Brickenher
Johnny Brickenher (sp?)

I hope a relative of Leona Bell Bricker who married Homer Roberts, might be able to at least tell me whether this children were Leona or not. I would love a relative of John Bricker's to also find me and determine if this is their ancestor. I have not done extensive research on the Bricker family and perhaps I should. And perhaps I should try to see if there is a Brikelmeier family in Ohio with two daughters and possibly a son named Johnny?

Thoughts on a name change

I've been trying to figure out if Brikelmeirer was Caroline's husband's last name in actuality but it was Americanized too Bricker?

My cousin suggested that “in 1917, in the wake of the anti-German riots that followed
the Lusitania disaster, many things German were disavowed, and Anglicized..” Perhaps the name Brickelmeyer was dropped and changed to Bricker. However, Bricker is the name on Caroline's marriage certificate in 1881. This theory doesn't stick to this family. Especially since Leona was born in 1883 as well. 

So, it's possible that the Brikelmeier name was accurate and the photos are of another family. Which leads to another thought.
No photos of Henry's second sister

My cousin also noticed something. The photo album kept by Maggie Geiszler has a photo of Conrad and Mary Elizabeth but none of Allen and Caroline. Did they not have a wedding photo taken in September of 1883? (By the way, both sisters married in 1883.) Was Maggie closer to Mary Elizabeth than to Caroline?

Perhaps the little girl is of Maggie's friends, and not family at all. Maggie did have photos of friends in her album.  So many questions with no one to answer them.  Perhaps the photos are nothing more than a wild goose chase!

17 July 2013

Heritage Scrapbooking: Great Father's Pages

I will soon be working on another set of heritage scrapbooks for my family. I keep searching the internet for inspiration. I came across two very well done Father's Pages and I wanted to share them with you.

Heritage Scrapbook Page Father
Father Layout by Dawn in NZ on Digital Scrapbook Place.

I don't use a ton of embellishments, preferring the simple scrapbook style. However, I love when another crafter adds just the right touch of accents but the focus remains on the photos and story. This page has an soft heritage scrapbooking palette of gray, black and blue. I love how the layout is not the traditional scrapbook 12x12 layout. It is a landscape orientation of the 11x8. There is great balance, the name of the person in both photos and a story. I can't clap loudly enough to show my appreciation of the excellent execution of this layout.  Well done Dawn in NZ.

Heritage Scrapbook Page Father
They Call Me Pappa: Tagged on Pinterest. would love to give proper credit.

Every time I look at this layout, I love it more and more. The photo is awesome. Wouldn't we all love to have crisp, clear photos of our relatives like this. I love the strong, masculine embellishments and the brown, cream, and gray color scheme. I love that the story is as important as the photo and as strong as the embellishments.  The layout also has balance and a magical something that pulls me into the page every time I look at it. I just wish I could get to the original designer from the Pinterest tag. Alas, I haven't made it there yet.

16 July 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Ethel M Townsend was found

As I said last week, I love the volunteers who photograph gravestone and then post them at I've had another success. Woo-hoo!

Ethel M Daniels (nee Townsend) and her husband's grave stone
Memorial # 8156889
Okay, my relation to Ethel? She's aunt.

me -> Mom -> Lewis Sherman Brown -> Emma Virginia Townsend -> sister, Ethel M Townsend Daniels.

I'm trying to learn more about the Townsend line. Ethel was born in 1887 in presumably Edward's Station, Franklin, Ohio. This assumption is based on hints given in her mother's Civil War Widow's Pension file that I received in March. 

She died 14 April 1956 in Toledo, Lucas, Ohio.

Tombstone Tuesday: FindAGrave Successs, Earl Wiggins

I love I love how volunteers are willing to go searching for grave makers that I can't travel to, or that I searched for and didn't find. Here's a success story.

Earl Wiggins and Peak relatives
Evaline Peak (nee Townley), Earl Wiggins, Edith Wiggins
(nee Peak) and Marguerite Geiszler

Earl F Wiggins is the husband of my great grand aunt Edith Marie Peak. Edith and Earl married 20 Oct 1923 and often visited Edith's sister Evaline Peak Geiszler's home in Columbus.

Four days after their third anniversary, Earl died (24 Oct 1926). According to the death certificate, Earl was buried in East Lawn Cemetery. I discovered this fact, after my trip last year. So, I placed a photo request on Find A Grave. I less than a month (not typical, but so awesome), a volunteer had photographed Earl's grave stone. 

Earl Wiggin's grave stone, East Law Cemetery
Memorial # 102356677
The volunteer created and solved several mysteries. First, why is Earl Wiggins on a gravemarker that says Cox with no other names?

Second, I would normally say focus on the just Earl's gravestone for this photo. BUT, as luck would have it, this volunteer took a photo that included a smidge of another grave marker. That name Geiszler. Does it sound familiar? Oh yeah. I have one relative buried in East Lawn that I had the worst luck finding in May 2012. I thought the volunteer found him. So I asked about both topics.

Here's the response:

"Cemetery records indicate that the Cox monument was intended to me a family grave marker, it occupies two of the six grave spaces in the plot. Perhaps the Cox family relocated, but for whatever reason one of the spaces was sold to the Geiszler family. Earl was buried to the left of that grave, and the family may have taken advantage of the otherwise empty Cox grave marker and put his information on it. The office is understandably uncertain about the specifics."

Okay... so what's the story? 

The Cox is interesting. Earl's parents are Charles Wiggins and Hattie Mills. The married sometime between 1900 and 1901 when Earl was born. Earl's father died in 1905.  Then Hattie remarried in 1923 to John H Cox. Now... I haven't dug much into John Cox' life. But Hattie died in 1962 and is buried in Green Lawn Cemetery. So, I'm certain Hattie, who survived her son, gave the Cox plot to her son. But why she and her husband are not buried there, I have no idea. Strange is about all I can say.

But here's where things get a little tricky... The Geiszler turns out to be William J Geiszler. William J Geiszler is brother of George J Geiszler, the father-in-law of Earl Wiggins. George and William were not getting along during this period of their lives. Their children were not associating with each other. Why a spot for an estranged Uncle-in-Law was given to William, I'll never know. And who owns the remaining four spaces, I do not know either.

I was so excited about the information the volunteer shared. So I asked if he (I'm assuming he with an id of Ted's son) wouldn't mind going back to take a photo. Here's what I received in my email next...

"There is no need for me to return. In anticipation of your request, I took a photo of the Geiszler grave marked and have attached it. I'm glad that you are happy with the first one."

William J Geiszler, East Lawn Cemetery
Memorial # 93026471

Now... I wonder why William is not buried beside his wife Aleta, but I think I've finally figured it out. Aleta was Catholic. William was not. Aleta is buried in a St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. William could not be buried there. But, their stones were done in the same style. Very interesting.

12 July 2013

Photo Friday: A Pair of Collectors Coins

I feel terrible having had so many coins from an ancestor but no story to go with them. Knowing how frugal and resourceful this ancestor was, he would be saying, "Yep. Sell them!" So, my husband did and fetched a fair price for them all. And I have the forever lesson of, "write the story," engrained in my head. Now... to find time to visit relatives to photograph their treasures and find out the stories behind them....

Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
f/5, exp 1/2, bias +0.7,  ISO- 80, center weight average metering
 This one felt too dark.
f/5, exp 1, bias +0.7,  ISO- 80
Spot focus metering
 This is certainly over exposed.
f/5, exp 1/2, bias +0.7,  ISO- 80
center weight average metering

This is about right.

f/5, exp 1/4, bias +0.7,  ISO- 80
center weight average metering
A little cropping will showcase the velvet-like case nicely.

f/5, exp 1/4, bias +0.7,  ISO- 80
center weight average metering

I struggled with how to showcase the coins and not have the reflection of the ribbon in the left coin. I couldn't come up with a solution. So, I took a photos in the case, then took a photo of the coins out of the case.

f/5, exp 1/5, bias +0.7,  ISO- 80
center weight average metering

That did the trick. With all the photos together, I have a nice collection of what they looked like.

11 July 2013

Geiszler Family History: Caroline Geissler Bricker

Allow me to introduce you to Catherine Caroline Geißler.

Catherine Caroline Geißler, c 1883
Catherine Caroline Geißler, c 1883

Catherine Caroline Geissler was born 12 May 1863 in Franklin County, Ohio. She probably was born in Prairie Township where her father and mother had lived since 1856.

 According to the Holy Cross baptism records, Catherine Caroline Geissler was born May 12, 1863.  She was the daughter of Joseph and Caroline (Mack) Geißler.

She was the fourth and final child born to the couple as it is believed her father died in July 1863. Caroline would have been around 2 months old. The only father she knew was her step father Michael Billman who had married her mother on 19 September 1863.

Her step brothers John L Billman, was born in April 1869, and Thomas George Billman born in December 1874. In the 1870 and 1880 US Census records, Caroline was referred to as Caroline Billman, rather than Geissler. Perhaps the census takers was simply keeping the records in the household simple. Or perhaps, Caroline used her step-father's last name rather than her birth father's name. Or did she know there was another father?

Caroline married Allen C Bricker in September 1881 and they settled in Pleasant, Franklin, Ohio. Caroline used the name Gisler on her marriage record. Thus, by this time she must have known she was the daughter of Joseph, rather than Michael, if she hadn't known throughout her life.

Throughout her adult life, Catherine Caroline became known as simply Lena Bricker. She was difficult to find until this connection was made.

10 July 2013

Heritage Scrapbooking: Identify the People

Group photos are awesome to use in heritage scrapbook pages. Unfortunately, we can't label all of the people in a photo on the back for posterity's sake. Since this is a heritage scrapbook, we must label people in photos to ensure that anyone who views our pages know who is in the photo.

I went searching for inspiration on the internet. I came across this example in a gallery.
I like the concept of this page. I applaud this heritage scrapbooker for finding a way to identify the persons on their page. For me, I like to make every scrapbook page do multiple duties. My pages should not only identify people, but also share a story. So, I used this layout as inspiration for my own group photo. I included a brief paragraph about the Alonzo Comfort family that speculated when the photo was taken (as I don't know when at this posting).

Family History Scrapbook page
Heritage Scrapbook page: Alonzo Comfort and Myra Marr family

I love the digital scrapbook kit created by Correen Silke called Spa Holiday. Unfortunately, I can not seem to find out where she has that kit available. I'm quite certain she didn't expect it to be one of my favorite kits to use for heritage scrapbooking.

The journaling on the page is:

Alonzo Comfort and his wife Myra Marr were the parents of seven children. It's possible this photo was taken shortly before Susannah May married James Merritt in 1914. It would have been the last family only photo before the addition of husbands for all the women, except Almina who died at the age of 24 in 1922.

The caption said: Back Row: Almina, Laura, May, and Clementine. Front row: Myra (nee Marr), Fay, Carrie, and Alonzo Comfort.

Now, this is a scrapbook page. I could go into great detail about why there are six children in the photo of Alonzo and Myra when I mentioned they had seven children. The simple fact is that one child died in infancy. A family history book or blog post would cover that information. However, the scrapbook page is to give a brief, general overview of the family. My journaling hints at the fact Almina was the only one in this photo of six girls to now marry, as she died at the age of 24.

Remember, in your family history scrapbooks... you don't have to tell the whole story of your ancestors. But, you should include the stories on your page. A page that only features a photo and a lot of embellishments misses out on the opportunity to share the story of your ancestors on every page.

09 July 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Eugue Brown, Green Lawn Cemetery, OH

On Friday, I shared Uncle Gene's cemetery record. Today, I'll share his gravestone.

Gravestone for Eugene C Brown (1898-1975)

Eugene C Brown
1898 - 1975

Notes: I really don't like my version of this photo. I didn't play around with the settings on my camera well enough to compensate for the harsh noon day sun. I also didn't prepare in advance to stay hydrated. Finally, I didn't wipe off the bird poop. So... when you go photograph gravestones, know how to compensate for less than ideal lighting situations, take lots of water to stay hydrated, and gently wash off the bird poop.

05 July 2013

Amanuensis Monday: Eugene C Brown, Green Lawn Cemetery, OH

Uncle Gene is my grandfather Lewis Sherman Brown's eldest brother. Gene was 20 when Lew was born. Big gap! Anyway, here is the cemetery card for Gene who was buried in the Green Lawn Cemetery.

Eugene C Brown, Cemetery Record
Eugene C Brown
Interment on Reserved Special Single Grave
Lot No. Grave #6 Lot 690, Sec 93
Born May 24, 1898 Birthplace Columbus, Ohio
Died Feb. 10, 1975 Late Residence 511 Jenskins AVe
Parents: Sherman Lewis Brown & Emma V Townsend
Cause of Death: Cardiovascular Arrest
Undertaker: Graumlich
Date of Interment: Feb 13, 1975

Note: Stuart 170.00

Treasure Chest Thursday: Hats

Summer time is hot and hats will adorn many people's heads. This reminds me of the many people I know with large hat collections. Hats collections are a part of someone's personal and family history. You and your camera should go capture the stories behind the hats.

I had a very difficult time photographing my husband's hat from childhood. The right angle was elusive. However, I'm still working on coming up with a better back drop, so that is also frustrating. But the one trick I have got to show you is the one that I learned with the graduation cap. Use a bit of craft fiber fill to stuff inside your hat. It fills the hat out, is white, and gives the hat shape. So, despite the fact that I'm not entirely pleased with the photographic techinques that I applied, the stuffing trick did it's job.

f/4.5, exp 1/25, bias +0.7, ISO 100
Center Weight Average metering

Taking a full one front view of the cap, wasn't very pleasing to my eye. However, my husband thought it was fine.

f/4.5, exp 1/25, bias +0.7, ISO 100
Center Weight Average metering

I liked the profile of the hat a little better, but you can't tell that the hat says Trappers. It looks like it says Tappers. One can only imagine the baseball field tapping around the bases!

Honestly the back ground wouldn't have looked so poorly if I had taken the extra effort to smooth out the cloth. So... as you develop your photographic eye, pay attention to the little details. I was so focused on the hat, that I didn't notice the background until I was done photographing for the day. Yikes!

Go photograph those hats hanging all over the family room walls before the person with the story is no longer able to tell you why they keep each one. Then, leave a link in the comments section so we can all celebrate your work.

03 July 2013

Heritage Scrapbooking: Organizing Photos into Categories

Last week, I briefly shared how I create albums under album categories in Photoshop Elements to begin the process of organizing my photos for two heritage scrapbooks. This week, I'll give you a peek at the photos I have started organizing for the project.

Organizing photos into albums using Photo Shop elements

As I mention in my eBook Create a Family History Scrapbook Digitally in 12 Simple Steps, it is okay to go overboard with the photos at this point. I have placed every document and photo related to my Grandpa Lew being in World War II in this album category. 

Using Photoshop Elements Organizer, I do not have worry about thousands of copies of my photos all over my computer. The organizer creates a link to the photo, rather than a copy. So, as long as I do not delete the photo from my hard drive when I take a photo out of an album, I can add or subtract photos from the album photos to my heart's content. 

At some point, I will narrow the photos down for this project, but for the mean time, I dumped all the related photos into the topic folder.

Organizing photos into albums using Photo Shop elements
If you're a regular reader, you'll notice two layouts in the photo above. The GREAT thing about digital scrapbooking your family history is the opportunity to reuse layouts over and over again. Additionally, since creating these two layouts about Lew's parent's, I have received three additional photos. Two of his mother and one of his father. Hooray! When I work on Lew's album, the color scheme will change and I'll see what I can do to add these new photos. Gotta love that!

July is the perfect time to start thinking about projects as Christmas presents. So... if you'd like to make a heritage scrapbook this year as a gift, get a copy of my book Create a Family History Scrapbook Digitally in 12 Simple Steps. Then start organizing photos for your albums. 

Organizing the photos for these albums is taking a while, which is fine. I said the steps were simple, not super fast. So, I will share more as I complete more simple steps.

02 July 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Thomas and Emma Billman, Grove City Cemetery

I've written before about When Do You Post a Second Photo on FindAGrave, and it has been well received. I must emphasize how thankful I am for volunteers who photograph gravestones and then add them to the website. With that said, I must say, occasionally, a second photo is warranted because the first photo didn't capture all the details I would want, in a front and center position.

Thomas and Emma Billman gravestone
Thomas and Emma Billman gravestone
Grove City Cemetery

Such is the case with Thomas G Billman and his wife Emma. (By the way, his brother married an Ella. Oh how confusing Ella and Emma can be). This photo, is straight on. Granted, it's not professional photographer perfect, but it would be a nice compliment to the photo currently on

Normally, I would post this photo and be finished. Unfortunately, I didn't take this photo. And, I don't know who did or how I came across this photo in the first place. AAACCCCKKKK! Big genealogist no-no. I'm so, so, sorry.

So, I'm not posting this photo to toot any horns. I'm actually posting it for help. Who took this photo? It's really great and I thank you for my half-uncles gravestone. But will you please help me give you proper credit?