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30 January 2015

Making the Switch to a dSLR

For years, I have enjoyed using a  compact camera, which is a step-up from a point-n-shoot. These cameras allow for more setting options to match the various situations we encounter when photographing people, places, and things.
PowerShot SX110 IS
The PowerShot SX110 IS served as the workhorse for the vast majority of the memorabilia photographs I have shared here at A Patient Genealogist. This camera also snapped  the cover photo of my daughter reading the scrapbook featuring her Grandpa Bob. It was a great camera. It decided to quit on me, and I needed to get a new camera. (A YouTube video might have a way to fix it. Hmmm.)

I tried another compact camera that I thought was in the same class as the SX110 but I was soon very disappointed when attempting to use it for heritage photography. The camera does not handle small objects well as it can not zoom in or be close enough to capture details without blurring out the whole image. I needed a new camera since this one was clearly up for the job, but did I want to attempt to find another compact camera?

After much debating, I purchased the Canon Rebel T5, an entry level dSLR. Just holding the camera makes me feel like I have a professional grade camera, which is daunting. The price tag and the overwhelming features kept the camera in it's box for 2 weeks after it's arrival. Could I handle such a camera? Would it produce better photos than a $200 camera ? What is worth it?
This is a serious camera!

Finally, my husband urged me to get the camera out and start using it. I soon realized this was more camera than I knew what to do with, so I purchased a video tutorial (Photographer Overnight). The video has instructions and lessons to help anyone quickly see what the settings on the camera are for. I didn't become a fantastic photographer overnight, but I am finally beginning to understand what all the photography books are trying to say. I suppose that's the visual learner in me. Demonstrate something and I'll understand much faster. Overnight, I did go from unwilling to use my camera to willing to learn the settings. So, I would still recommend the video and I'll admit I haven't completed every lesson yet.

In additon to the video tutorial, I needed someone to sit down with me and walk me through some more features of the camera. I had a lot of gear that came with my new camera in a bundle which were confusing. My best friend was willing to help me out, despite having a migraine at the time. Love this lady! She demonstrated and explained my camera and gear, then had me practice. She gave me immediate feedback. The lessons of the video and my darling friend were internalized and I started using the camera more. It hasn't been near the packing box since!

This is my youngest son with tons of personality!

With this new confidence, I took my camera to a mini family reunion. My children, nieces, and nephew were excellent subjects to experiment with in a variety of lighting situations. Many of the photographs were simply stunning, others weren't so great. In short, I was starting to learn the limits and possibilities of the camera. Additionally, I began to discover what I don't know so I know what to research to improve. I just wish I took better group family photos with this camera, since it was a reunion.

Photo from my first memorabilia session with new camera.

The moment of truth finally came when I decided to photograph some memorabilia. Mind you, I didn't select an easy object to begin with. Jewelry is VERY difficult to work with because of it's shiny, reflective nature and because of how small rings actually are compared to a camera. Regardless, I wanted to put my skills and the camera to the test.

After my first experiment, I am pleased to say the Canon Rebel T5 is a great little camera, yet it has a learning curve. I no longer fear using it or think the purchase decision was wrong. I am making mistakes and learning much from them. There are also a lot of stunning photographs that show case the pieces in my Treasure Chest.

Photography is a lot like genealogy, you have to start doing something rather than fear you'll do it wrong. Yes, you will make mistakes at times, but then you'll surprise yourself at what you do right. Then you can learn from the mistakes and the success to generate more successes than failures.


My adventures in photography supports the chapter in my book 21st Century Family Historian about Photographing Memorabilia. Order your copy of the book through Amazon.com

29 January 2015

When Your Ancestors Guide Your Search

Distracted much?

That's the question I asked myself after sitting down to work on some family history projects today. At first, I thought I would work more on the Townsends Franklin County, Ohio. I could work more on my Narrative Project. Or I could look up those probate record references I found in a genealogy workshop.

None of these seemed to grab my attention this morning, except the Probate files, to a degree. I do not like the Ohio, County Probate files because they are so confusing to me. I don't understand which records I am to examine first before going into the next. I had this problem on my 2012 research trip and I struggle with it, even though many records are available online through Family Search.

However, I decided to poke around to see what I could find. I was searching for an index to the various probate files, which I have accessed before. However, one record set seemed to keep grabbing my attention: Guardian bonds and letters. I remembered the probate class mentioning that guardians were appointed for minor children when their parents died.

My Grannie's birth father is unknown and her birth mother died the day after Louise Long (aka Marie Anderson) was born. The year was 1920 in the month of May. The question was, where would I look for guardianship papers? Marie's mother was Agnes Anderson and she had purchased property in Licking County, Ohio. Agnes's death and Marie's birth are recorded at a hospital in Franklin County, Ohio.

I decided to start with Licking County for guardianship papers as that should be were the Anderson estate could be settled (given that Agnes owned property at the time). If that didn't work out, I could switch to Franklin County easily.

I selected Licking County from the Ohio, Probate Records files. From there, I selected the Guardian bonds and letters 1904-1924 vol 4 - 6. Then I selected an image number a little over halfway between 1 and 844 (the number of images in the set) and typed it into the image # box using the browse navigation bar. I was surprised to find I was in 1911. I thought I'd be in the 1914s. I jumped a few more times to get into the 1920s. One more jump and I was viewing image 816 and the name Marie Anderson, minor child of Agnes Anderson. Their names were not on the image before or after this record.

"Ohio, Probate Records, 1789-1996," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1971-31331-538-56?cc=1992421&wc=S2C1-3TB:266274801,266607401: accessed 29 January 2015), Licking >
Guardian bonds and letters 1904-1924 vol 4-6 > image 816 of 844; county courthouses, Ohio.

The date of the guardian bond was 1 June 1920. This would be a little over a week after the birth and death. A Sarah Oetting of Newark, Ohio posted the $100 bond for guardianship of Marie Anderson. This must be related to my grandmother.

I will investigate who Sarah Oetting is further in hopes of learning why she would post this bond. I hope to come across more records relating to the Guardian ship of Marie prior to her adoption by Harry and Lura Long in 1925. The story goes that Harry and Lura saw baby Marie shortly after she was born and adopted her despite her sickly health conditions. Just how soon did Harry and Lura pick her up. Why didn't Sarah keep the child?

I have heard it said that in such cases there was a guardian of property and a guardian of person. Harry and Lura might have become the guardian of person for Marie before her official adoption and name change to Louise. Sarah Oetting might have simply cared for the property that Louise would later inherit after her marriage to Lew Brown 20 years later.

Today, I didn't sit down to research my grandmother or look for papers related to her adoption. However, I felt a connection with Grannie that I was being guided to seek out Sarah Oetting. She might not be related by blood, but she's family enough to care for the guardianship of something related to Marie Anderson who became Louise Long.

I just hope my ancestors, including my 'relative' Sarah, can help me further as I now try to understand Guardianship and Probate and what other trails to follow with this story.


26 January 2015

One Name Place Study: Townsends Series Begins

Howdy Folks! I'm going to get genealogy crazy. I'm trying to crack through a brick wall for my Civil War ancestor William James Townsend. Starting in January of last year, I shared William's pension file and the things I learned and the questions I still had.

William Townsend Pension Declaration


The pension file gave me a few new pieces of information and the story of how William became blind. Unfortunately, no siblings or parental information was found. How can I find these pieces of information?

Start with What You Know

William James Townsend
  • born abt 1842 in Ohio1,2,
    • Birth records don't become available until 1867
  • 1860 resides in Madison Township, Franklin County, Ohio3
    • Single, farm laborer, boarding in home of Robert Henderson
  • June 1863.. Madison Township, Franklin County, Ohio4
    • Civil War Draft Registration
    • Single, farm laborer
    • Recorded same time as John Townsend, married, age 27 of Madison
  • May 1864 - August 1864 Serves in Co K 133 Regt Ohio Infantry Volunteers5
  • 10 Nov 1864 marries Mary Claybaugh (1846 - 1916 of Franklin County, Ohio)6
  • 1870  resides Hamilton, Franklin, Ohio1
    • William is listed as a 26 year-old farm laborer. Mary is 22 and a house keeper. They have four children living with them. (Nancy, Ida, William, Mary Ella)
  • 1880 resides Hamilton, Franklin, Ohio2
    • William is listed as a 36 year-old farm laborer. Mary is 32 and a house keeper. They have four children living with them. (William, John, Harry, Emma)
  • 13 Nov 1889  died in Edward's Station, Franklin, Ohio, United States7
    • Edward's Station was a railroad town in Madison Township
  • 1889 buried in Obetz Cemetery in Obetz, Franklin, Ohio, United States8
    • Mary also buried in Obetz but does not have a stone
Gravestone for William James Townsend
Gravestone for William James Townsend
Obetz Cemetery, Franklin County, Ohio
Photo by Chad Graham


I know that William and Mary Townsend (or Townson) had the following children:
  1. Nancy Elizabeth Townsend Miller (1865-1925)
  2. Ida Jane Townsend Sanborn (1864-1941)
  3. William James Townsend (1868-1929)
  4. Mary Ella (or Etta) Townsend (1869-1874)
  5. John Edward Townsend (1873-1950)
  6. Louisa D Townsend (1875 -?)
  7. Harry Augustus Townsend (1877-1918)
  8. Emma Virginia Townsend (1880-1943)
  9. Samuel Leroy Townsend (1884-?)
  10. Ethel May Townsend Anthony (1887-1956)
All of the children were born in Franklin County. Most state they were born in Hamilton with a few exceptions. Ida Jane and Emma say they were born in Valley Crossing. Valley Crossing was a  railroad junction town, located north of Williams Road on Groveport Road within the Hamilton Township. Louisa and Ethel's birth town is listed as Madison. 

After marrying, Samuel out of the state of Ohio. Ethel moved to Toledo, Ohio. The remaining family members lived within Franklin County. Most of the children, as well as the parents, are buried in Obetz Cemetery. John and Mary Ella don't appear to have been buried in this cemetery, however their burial location has not been determined. 

Much of the children vital dates are found in the census and vital records, although some records have not been located. According to Mary's Widow Pension in 1890, the  family was not part of a church and no baptism records should be found.

Now What? 

I believe that William purchased land, Mary sold it upon his death and acquired a smaller property in Madison Township. I am having trouble finding land and probate records for the Townson/Townsend name that would be my family.

I have not attempted newspaper research because many Columbus, Ohio papers that I believe I need are not online and I don't currently have time to do 'old school' newspaper research. Perhaps there will be obituaries and other tidbits around the 1840s for Townsend births. Perhaps there will be an obituary around Nov 1889 for William's death. Perhaps there will be a marriage announcement in 1864 for William and Mary's marriage. Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps.

So what can I do to attempt to piece together William's lineage and other relatives? The answer comes as a result of asking the question Where's Ida in the 1880 US Census?

Additional Reading:
Who Else is in 1880?
That's Everyone Now What?


1. 1870  US Census: Ancestry.com, 1870 United States Federal Census, Year: 1870; Census Place: Hamilton, Franklin, Ohio; Roll: M593_1200; Page: 509A; Image: 229; Family History Library Film: 552699.
2. 1880 US Census: Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1880 United States Federal Census, Year: 1880; Census Place: Hamilton, Franklin, Ohio; Roll: 1015; Family History Film: 1255015; Page: 188A; Enumeration District: 9; Image: 0479.
3. 1860 US Census: "U.S. Census Population Schedule, 1860" database, FamilySearch; (http:/familysearch.org). Madison, Franklin, Ohio, , 66, 262, Robert Henderson, Head of Household; NARA microfilm publication 803962, .
4. Ancestry.com. U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
5. Union Regimental Histories, The Civil War Archive (http://www.civilwararchive.com), taken from Source - "A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion" by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3), 133rd Regiment Infantry; Historical Data Systems, comp., American Civil War Regiments, Source: The Union Army, vol. 2. 
6 Family Search, "Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958" database, (http:/www.familysearch.org) : Entry for William Townsend, 10 November 1864; Civil War Pension file for William James Townson Col K  Reg 133rd
 Civil War Pension file for William James Townson Col K  Reg 133rd; Franklin County Chapter of The Ohio Genealogical Society, compiled, Franklin County, Ohio Cemeteries: Vol I - XI (N.p.: n.p., 1980-1987, 1997), IX :70, William James Townsend. 
8 Find A Grave Memorial #98018586

21 January 2015

Heritage Scrapbooking: Downplaying the Cut Photos

Are you fortunate enough to have all of your photos that were not 'Creative Memory-ed' or just butchered? If so, this post is not for you. If you do have a collection of photos that were 'shaped' photos, you'll remember the post I shared discussing what to do about these photos.

Scrapbook Layout Christmas Vintage
Brown Christmas: Growing Pains Scrapped All I Want For Christmas Kit

One idea I had was to use a technique called 'masking' I would create a more pleasing shape and then create a blending mask to soften the edges and shape. I'd blend the photo into a neutral background such as black or brown.  I soon learned that this technique could be effective but was extremely time consuming.

For this layout, I simply decided to make the odd shapes less noticeable by placing the them on a pattern paper mat. When I chose a paper for the mat that was more simple, the poor cutting stood out. When I chose a busier pattern paper, the 'whack job' was not the thing I noticed most.

Scrapbook Layouts with bad photo cut outs
Geiszler Christmas: Growing Pains Scrapped All I Want For Christmas Kit

I'm not 100% certain that everything plays nicely visually on this layout, but at least you can see how you can use a busy pattern paper, cut into a regular shape to over come the short comings of not properly caring for photos.

Before we leave this topic, let me reassert my best advice for scrapbooking...

Scan your photos before you use them in your paper scrapbooks. 

19 January 2015

Motivation Monday: Begin With the End In Mind

Whenever folks attempt to promote doing family history or genealogy, few talk about what the end result of a particular project is. Sure there is always more family history that can be done, but for the vast majority of the people I meet, that is not an attractive incentive to participate in this genealogy.

Louise Long Brown Family Tree
A typical family tree.
If you want to do something to capture and preserve your family history, might I offer the best advice you'll ever receive?

Know What You Want to Do BEFORE You Start.

How will you know when you can stop contributing to family history and feel a sense of accomplishment if you do not know what your end goal is?



Would a runner really want to enter a race with no defined finish line? Sure, some runners would and could participate in a marathon, but many more can not. Without knowing the end goal, few would attempt to run a course because they'd never be able to start saying, "5 more miles to go, 3 more miles, 1 more mile, just to that tree... ah, I'm done!"

So before you say, "I'm going to work on my family history" and start plowing ahead, define your goals.

Ask yourself, "Why am I doing family history?" Is your answer listed below?

  • Curiosity
  • Gain admittance into fraternal organizations
  • Gain admittance into historical lineage-based societies
  • Write tribute pieces, such as eulogies 
  • Share family stories at family reunion
  • Research a person for a reenactment
  • School assignments
  • Write entries for city or county histories
  • Prove whether a family legend is true (we’re ⅛ Cherokee, or we’re related to the Hatfields and McCoys)
  • Preserve your family history for future generations 
  • Remember the loved ones who have passed
  • Religious reasons
  • Guilt, you know you should be doing this

All of these reasons are valid, no matter what anyone else says. The key is to know your reason. Why are YOU getting, or staying, involved in family history?

Once you know your motivation, you will be guided in what you want to accomplish. You will be able to focus your efforts and energies and feel a sense of satisfaction.



When you begin with the end in mind, perhaps the "Spirit of Elijah" will grab hold of you and you will start other projects for other reasons. If you are immune to the genealogy bug, you'll pursue other interests. Regardless of what happens after you have accomplished your goal, you will certainly feel like you have crossed a finish line.

14 January 2015

Power Scrapbooking: Organize your photos

Power Scrapbooking continues to sell so well at Amazon.com. I thank everyone who has bought the book, shared a link, or recommended the book to others.

It's a New Year and many folks are making goals and planning projects. As such I wanted to challenge you to set a goal that would support your scrapbooking or family history projects in the coming year.

Make 2015 the year you organize your photo collection.
Make 2015 the year you organize your photo collection.

A fantastic goal for this year would be to organize your photo collection. Even A Patient Genealogist who writes about organizing photos in each of her three books had a pile of loose photos that needed to be organized this year. Shocking, I know.

When I began reorganizing my photos, I had a few decisions to make:
  • How would I organize the photos of my family as a child, as a spouse/mother, and the historical photos? 
  • Should I keep them in one box? 
  • Should I lump them all together? 
  • What do I do about photos that are of an extended family from the same years when I was a wife/mother but I wasn't involved in? 
  • How would I organize/store photos that do not fit into a standard photo storage box?
Grouping Photos by family (and incidentally color type)

These are all wonderful questions that FEW how-to articles address. So, I'll share my thoughts and hope you can decide how you would handle these situations.
  • Generally speaking, I organized my photos chronologically. 
  • I separate out photos into three 'groups'
    • My photo collection as a child
    • My photo collection as a wife/mother
    • Extended family
      • My father's line
      • My mother's line
      • My husband's line*
  • The above groups go into separate boxes (with the extended family sharing one box)
  • Over-sized photos go into a file folder when possible
As I was organizing photos, I came across loose papers that also needed to be filed. I will keep documents that fit in the photo box with the photos they apply to. For documents larger than the photo box, I placed them with the over-sided photos in applicable file folders.

Another thing to consider, that might cause much dispute, is whether to keep the 'cases' and covers for various photos and documents. For instance, should I keep the diploma holder and document, or discard the holder and keep just the paper? I opted for the document only as it would conserve space and be easier to file. 

When you have your loose photos organized, determine if your photos albums are doing more harm to your photos than good. If the albums falling apart, the glue line albums (popular in the 70s), or are not acid-free, you'll want to carefully remove your photos and file them into your organized photos.

Organizing Printed Photos
Sorting Photos by family, by year, and then by subtopic. More tips available
in any of my three books at Amazon.com


If you want more tips on organizing your photos, consider getting your own copy of my Power Scrapbooking eBook or my newest book Reimagine Family history

12 January 2015

Avoid Too Many Topics Too Little Time

Have you ever been to a meeting with a limited amount of time but the speaker was given far too many topics to include in that time period? How successful are these meetings, seminars, or classes? If you answered, not very, you would be right. Topics presented at a rapid pace without much time for depth isn't necessarily worth the time someone puts into creating or attending the presentation.

I recently attended a local conference where the speaker was asked to talk about Ancestry.com. That's a pretty broad topic. In the class, the knowledgeable instructor attempted to cover, getting familiar with the different tabs offered on Ancestry's menu, genealogy proof, a third topic and then the newest topic of LDS Access to Ancestry.com. All of these topics can stand alone. All of these topics crammed into one 45 minute class is just not well done, no matter how amazing the teacher. By the way, I really felt sorry for this presenter. He did a great job with this impossible task.


By breaking up topics into small chunks, more depth can be covered and class interaction with the instructor can happen. When participants engage in their learning, they retain more.

When a conference wants to offer a class, the planners would do well to provide detailed and limited scope of what topics the class should cover. The presenter would do well to take the scope and cover as much as the recommendations as possible without too much that learning and discussion is impeded. After crafting your class, provide conference planners with an accurate description of the topics covered and the skill set needed prior to attended the class.

This request probably only applies to conferences where no "Call for Papers" takes place; however, the tips do apply to planner who are selecting which proposed presentation will be the most effective and well received.

Let us recognize that many local family history conferences are hosted by volunteers. Additionally, many presenters are volunteers themselves. Should you find yourself having to plan a conference, many topics that take a conference from good to great aren't discussed. Hopefully, this piece and others I share will help you prepare for a great conference.

By the way, this is applicable to situations beyond a family history conference. 

09 January 2015

Narrative Project: An Introduction

Devon Noel Lee Family Historian
This is me, patiently working on their stories.
Last year, I knew big changes would take place so I called it my year of writing. I wanted to write down all the stories and research notes  that I have discovered in recent years. My fear was something bad would happen and all the stories would be locked in my head and my relatives would have to start over with their research. The worst part, was the stories I have learned would be lost.

Fear can be an amazing motivator.

In order to be organized in my approach, I decided to start with a parent and then work back through their lines. This approach would keep my branches separate and manageable. The ultimate goal would be to create something relatives can read and learn to love their ancestors as much as I have loved researching them. It's a big goal, but someone needs to do it.

For decades, I have known the names dates and places. Now, I wanted to focus on the heart of family history. What is the heart of family history? Stories are the heart and soul of family history. Who cares about some guy named Harry Brown of Columbus, Ohio born in 1916? Few people, that's who, until you share a story about him.

Sam and Harry Brown of Columbus Ohio in 1940s
Sam and Harry Brown around 1940. Location unknown.
Harry Brown was my mother's beloved uncle. He is fondly remembered by so many, especially someone who didn't know him really well, his niece Bethany. Bethany's father Samuel Brown had died when she was nearly 2 years-old. Bethany knew very little about Samuel's family in Ohio, as she lived in Louisiana. When Bethany was old enough to marry, her Uncle Harry Brown came to her wedding. Harry was 14 years younger than her father Sam and 14 years-old when Samuel moved south from Ohio. Harry came to the wedding so that if Bethany wanted him to stand in the place of her father Samuel, she had someone. Bethany had never met Harry until this moment but she was touched that he would be so thoughtful. Bethany used someone else to walk her down the aisle, but became very fond of the Uncle she 'never knew.'

Stories like these matter so much. These little details give weight to the dates on my charts. That is the focus of my project.

Over the coming year, I will share with you the process I followed to capture the stories. I will provide examples and things I learned through the process. The teacher's heart in my hopes you'll learn something from this series of posts that will be titled Narrative Project.

07 January 2015

Heritage Scrapbooking: Baby Blessing

Last year, I started sharing the heritage scrapbooking series The Book of Me. Many of the photos in this project are from the 70s which can be especially challenging with the change of color print formulations, the clothing and furniture trends, and the poor quality of many photo albums from this timer period.

Heritage Scrapbooking Baby Layout
Blessing Left Page: Hello Aunty Kit by Correen Silke,
flower in Spa Holiday Kit by Coreen Silke.

When I first started scrapbooking, I sliced and diced my photos and created collages with them, rather than scrapbook pages that focus on the stories. I didn't know back then how important it is to scan photos you want to use in your paper scrapbooks. So, I have a lot of odd shaped photos in my collection. Thankfully, the photos I cut were 'my' photos and not my historical photos.

In my latest heritage scrapbook project, I have attempted to overcome these challenges to the best of my ability.


Vintage Heritage Scrapbook Layout Baby Theme
Blessing Right Page: Hello Aunty Kit by Correen Silke,
flower in Spa Holiday Kit by Coreen Silke.

Pink is a soft color for a baby themed scrapbook layout. The right pink can compliment these heritage photos well. I have once again used elements from one of my favorite kit designers who still offers some of these kits for free. If you're looking for amazing kits to start your next heritage scrapbook, you will want to visit designer Correen Silke's shop at ComputerScrapbook.com or at Scrapbook.com.

For the journaling, I decided to focus on the dress my mother hand crocheted and the dispute on what the dress should be called.
This is the dress my mother crocheted for me. She saved it in hopes of blessing future babies in it. Alas, I was the only other child she would have. This dress caused the delay in Penny accepting the gospel because a missionary called it a blessing gown rather than a baptism dress. When Penny accepted the gospel, she had no problem calling it a blessing gown from that point forward. 
I wanted to point out that I used my mother's first name rather than the term 'Mother' or 'Mom' because this is a book that I hope my children and grandchildren will read. With my mother deceased, they may not associate my mother's name Penny with the term Grandmother. I'd advise you to use your relatives' names every so often throughout your book so that their name won't be lost in generations to come.

The other point I should mention is that there is definitely more to the story of the dress and my mother's conversion. That story is detailed in a long family history. Scrapbooks are not the place for long, details explanations. Keep the stories brief. If someone wants the longer story, you can pull out a longer book that is heavy on text (stories) and light on decorations.

01 January 2015

Treasure Chest Thursday: Best of 2014


From my family to yours, I want to wish you a Happy New Year in 2015! 

Photo by digitalart at FreeDigitalPhotos.net


2014 is official closed and many of us will think about goals for the coming year. I hope you'll strive to make some goals that are family history in nature. Perhaps you'll team up with family members more to capture and preserve the memories found in "Grandma's House" whether you are the Grandma or Grandma is still living.

One excellent goal would be to digitize the stuff in our family history treasure chest. Memorabilia and artifacts represent so many wonderful stories. Often these items are forgotten in the preservation of our family history as we focus on scanning old photos and documents and seek out vital, land, and probate records. I strive to demonstrate that anyone, no matter their skill set, can take great photographs of family treasures so the images can be incorporated into the family narrative.

Here is a sampling of the readers' favorite Treasure Chest Thursday posts from 2014. I hope you'll feel inspired to not only photograph the stuff in the attic and around your homes, but then use these images in a family history project that captures stories as well.


Preserving Boy Scout Crafts
Preserving Cub Scout Uniform Items




As you can see, many treasures await to be rediscovered in our storage boxes and around your home. There are many treasures that I'll never be able to capture now that my parents and grandparents are gone because no one took the time to grab the camera and take a few photos. Let 2015 be the year that you and your family photographs the many treasures that enrich your family stories.