family tree research

  • Make Your Holidays About Heritage

    Nov 8

    The holidays are fast approaching and before we know it, we will be sitting around the tables or living rooms of those we love. Perhaps we will fall asleep on the couch in front of a football game after a nice feast of turkey and mashed potatoes, or maybe a game of flag football is in order. Perhaps, our children will be off in another room playing...


  • 30 days of Thankful Layout

    Nov 4

    A current trend I see going on right now on facebook and other media is to say something you are grateful for each day in the month of November. What a great way to remember the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Although the food is great, I love Thanksgiving as a time to reflect on all the blessings we do have. And, right now in this economy, sometime...


  • Free Vintage Frames

    Oct 31

    I have blogged before about the benefits of free scrapbooking papers and wanted to share another little treasure I found that has endless possibilities. And, of course, it's another freebie! Just what we all like to hear, right? I also stumbled across this beautiful project where you can create a family tree wreath. Love this idea!! As I was rea...


  • Trick or Treat Layout

    Oct 25

    Have you ever wondered if your parents went trick or treating? Do you have pictures of them in their costumes as children? I know I don't, but I would love to see some pictures of my parents dressed up in their favorite costume. It is said that trick or treating started in North America around the 1950's, but did you know that in some other countri...


  • Locating the Ancestral Lineage of an African-American Slave Family and their Owner’s Family

    Oct 18

    A major economic and social component in America’s history was the ownership of American slaves, a practice that not only helped build a region, but would eventually cause its downfall. Yet, slavery was far more than a financial aspect, it was a major social and cultural element in the fabric of all Americans during the 18th and 19th centuries. I...


  • Mapping your Family History

    Oct 12

    I have blogged before about how you can use maps when scrapbooking your family history. I love the idea of documenting places, and events on a map instead of just listing where something took place. Recently, I came across this tutorial on how to make a map out of scrapbooking supplies for your scrapbooking layouts. Genius right? I just love her us...


  • Vintage Wall Display

    Oct 6

    I have blogged before about creating an ancestor wall in your home. I love the idea of my ancestors having a place of honor where my family, children, and guests can still see them and talk about them. If you want to make this project look a little more vintage, there is a way that you can display your photos that will give them more character and ...


  • Scrapbook Childhood Toys

    Oct 4

    Do you hate being a pack rat? Or, are you toting around boxes of your kids' childhood toys unable to let them go? Maybe it is time. My Mom just sent me an email asking me if I wanted any of my old toys or books that she found in the attic. The problem is that I am 34 years old, and have 3 other siblings, and my Mom lives across the country. How cou...


  • Who Do You Think You Are? The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History

    Oct 3

    In the summer of 2009 Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak (yes that is her full name) was approached by the production team for the new television show on NBC, “Who Do You Think You Are?” (WDYTYA) to put together a companion book to compliment the new American-version show. Because of Megan’s years of experience doing live presentations to audiences ac...


  • Scrapbook Your Family Holiday Traditions

    Sep 29

    Although the air isn't quite turning colder yet, I've still got the holidays on my mind. My kids are excited about Halloween, we are having a new baby around Thanksgiving, and who doesn't love Christmas? Most likely, you have a set of traditions for certain holidays. Maybe you have created those within your own little family, or maybe these traditi...