Scrapbooking

Our Visual Address History

As Amy Johnson Crow begins her 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks series this year, I finally decided to take the plunge and participate! The goal of the series is to do something with the genealogy research that I, and so many others, obsess about 🙂 ; to make it more interactive and dynamic than just names and dates in a genealogy program. I have been blogging about my genealogy for about 10 years, but have slacked off the past few years; it is my hope that participating in the series will help me pick that back up also.

This weeks prompt is “Start.” To that end, I’d like to share a project I’ve just started to document an aspect of my family history. Using Becky Higgins’ Project Life app, I started a scrapbook to document all the places my parents have lived, and all the places my siblings and I grew up.

The scrapbook starts with my maternal grandmother, Alice McNair Robinson, and where she lived when my mother’s oldest brother, Stanley, was born.  She lived on MacDonough Avenue in Bronx, NY and we even have family pictures taken outside the apartment.  I’ve put together some photos and stories from that time period to put the page together.

my scrapbook page

I recently shared an update on my photo organization project and I am reaping the benefits already! As I consider how to put these scrapbook pages together, I know what pictures I have to match the time frame and the location. It has been immensely helpful.

I have plenty to do as I build the scrapbook; growing up, we lived in a lot of places and my siblings and I went to many different schools. I will continue to move through the years and document various aspects of our lives. I am having regular conversations with my parents to gather information for the scrapbook and I am already learning so much family history that I did not know. I plan to include family memories and stories along the way so I know that doing this is going to be a wonderful experience! And, as a final outcome, I’ll have a book that I can gift to my parents and siblings; definitely will make the history tangible.

If you have done a family history scrapbook I would love to hear about it; I’m always on the lookout for inspiration.

They Say It’s Your Birthday!

Well, as my birthday today comes to a close, I can honestly say it has been a great day! I had many Happy Bday messages from my various social networking sites and had family & work colleagues showing much love. 🙂

In honor of my birthday I share the picture of me that shows me the youngest out of any of my pictures -me at 3 days old.

I was born on a Wednesday at 2:19pm EST in New York. I don’t even officially consider myself the next age until I have passed the minute mark of the moment I entered the world. My mother tells me that she can even now feel the sore spot in her ribcage where my foot kept poking her (which also caused her to have to stop working when she was 7 months pregnant).   Here is a picture from my 1st birthday.

Easter 1981

It’s late in the day, but I found one of my childhood Easter pictures to share of my brother and I. I think this was 1981; my mother will have to confirm.  I do remember that there was a cemetery behind this house – I’ll have to go see if I can figure out its name. 

Happy Easter everyone! This quickpage was designed by DigiScrapalicious

From My Digital Scrapbook Layouts

Happy Anniversary to My Parents and Step-Parents

The month of March brings wedding anniversaries for all of my parents. 🙂

March 17th is the anniversary date for my mother and step-father.  This year marks their 14th wedding anniversary.  

March 25th marked the anniversary date for my father and stepmother.  This year marks their 20th wedding anniversary. 

Happy Anniversary!

I was not present at my mother’s wedding, but for my father’s wedding me, my aunt and my grandmother were all dressed alike for the wedding.  We wore pink dresses with ruffles, pearls, had white handbags and white shoes.  I still rememer going shopping for my dress and a few years later, my aunt even wore my dress to an event she attended.  I was 13 years old.  I rediscovered the picture in my email files earlier this month and originally planned to post it yesterday, the actual anniversary date of daddy’s wedding but I was busy studying.  

From My Digital Scrapbook Layouts

Credits: Quick page template designed by Mandy