Double Header Photography Classes in Kingwood Texas

If you live in the Greater Houston Area and are interested in a few classes, I will be teaching at the Kingwood Library on 15 October 2015 on the topics of photography for family history. You do not have to be a dSLR toting expert to attend this class. If you are, you're welcome as well!

The first presentation is based on my Memorabilia series of posts on this blog. The second class stems from the lessons I learned while taking 500+ pictures at Ohio Cemeteries. I hope you'll come!

Mailbag: Get Caught Up With a Photobook Site?

Get Caught Up With Scrapbooking Using Photobook Site

One of my Power Scrapbooking - Get Caught Up, No Matter Your Scrapbooking Style readers knows how much I love creating my own pages using digital scrapbooking supplies and the program Photoshop Elements. However, she has a room full of photo boxes, a change in her family dynamics, and wants to get caught up.
So since we last talked about digital scrapbooking I have found out about several websites that make it pretty easy. They have templates where you can drop photos into it to make it go fast. So I am wondering what your latest preferences would be if you were starting where I am and wanted to accomplish years worth of scrapbooks in a short period of time? I just want it done!

5 Great Tips About Facing Brick Walls

5 Great Tips for Facing Brick Walls

I have a number of Brick Wall ancestors. Patiently I try to crack, write on, go around, or bust through the walls. I'd love to share some amazing success stories but alas, there is nothing to report just yet. However, I hope you'll remember these great tips from my friend at Genealogy Tip of the Day.

5 Layouts That Downplay Poorly Cut Original Photos

In my post, "Need Help Fixing Poorly Cut Photos" I openly discussed my abuse of photos with a common cutting tool known scissors! (Eeekk!!!)

Scrapbooking Don'ts
Oh my poor photo!

Through my heritage scrapbooking post series, I have shared my experimental methods to downplay the poorly cut photos. Here's a sampling of strategies:

5 Ways I Find Time For Family History

Family History and Home Schooling
How do I find time for family history while home schooling these kiddos?
If I've heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times. How do you do it? How do you home school? Well, the answer is a topic for another day and possibly another forum. This initial puzzled analytical investigation of my daily life is regularly followed up with a second. How do you find time to do family history and scrapbooking while being so busy?

Families Matter No Matter You Bubble

A Patient Genealogist
Devon Noel Lee
attempting a selfie at a
homeschooling conference
This summer I had attended a home schooling conference. Despite the focus of the conference, I walked away inspired not only as a home schooling mother but as a family historian as well. How is that possible?

At the home school conference, there were a variety of speakers. Some were definitely worth my time. They shared tips, strategies, and general inspiration on this unconventional education option. The entire presentation was focused and well delivered.

Some speakers were a flat out waste of my time, as it relates to home schooling. Having studied the conference brochure and class description thoroughly, I attempted to pick topics that I really needed to hear. I didn't necessarily want to only attend classes taught by the best teachers. Unfortunately, while in the class I soon realized the presenter was not only less than stellar but the material they covered did not match the class description.

Hmmm.... does this sound like any genealogy conference that you have ever attended? Great speakers delivering what you needed or expected to learn, but others drawing you into their class but failing to deliver?

One Name Place Study: Elisabeth Townsend in Columbus

Townsends of Franklin County OhioAccording to the Guild of One-Name Studies, "People often start one-name studies when they get stuck on part of their own ancestry, and believe that if they were to collect all references they find to the surname then this will lead to a break-through."

I am in the process of investigating the Townsends of Franklin County, Ohio in an effort to find relatives of William James Townsend who was born around 1842 in Franklin County, Ohio. So far, most Townsends do not seem to be close relations, but I haven't given up yet.

The next individual listed 1880 US Census is Elisabeth  Townsend. Elisabeth indicates in this census that she was born about 1867 in Ohio, with parents also originally from Ohio. At age 13, she's listed as a servant in the home of Wm and Ruth Wildermuth (though the handwriting looks like Wildersmith).


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