I took these letters that my Dad, Bob Fenderson, had in his stamp collection files and I researched the addressee Bernard L. Cheney and found a lot of information online including where he lived in 1940, his life story, and his living relatives. I made a ustream video while I did the research so you can see how I got there from here.
I used my October Counterfeit Kit Challenge Kit to make this simple and unembellished page about my Dad and his family in 1950 when he was about 3 years old:
I took these photos on my Sony Disc camera in 2002 by playing the old family movie and taking pictures of the television. You might say I was doing a bit of hybrid scrapbooking back in 2002 because I did that collage back then. I'm not totally happy with the margins on the old collage but I decided to use it anyway for this page. I'm also guessing at the date since my father, Robert Thomas Fenderson was born in August of 1947, he looks like he is about 3 in these photos.
I must say it is very satisfying to be getting pages done for my Century Scrapbook Album - it finally feels like I am making some progress into my family history and the organization of all of the records and photos. Even if the rest of it is not completely organized, it will be so wonderful to have one scrapbook album that encompasses a century of memories. I am hoping to have it finished before Thanksgiving so that I can share it with my family then.
If you are working on family history scrapbooking, please leave a comment with your tips or questions. I would love to hear from you.
Two Tips for Family Research:
1. The British Version of "Who Do You Think You Are" is now on YouTube! It is incredibly interesting.
2. You can find lots of bits in the Brown University Library - I found that High School Graduation programme from 1903 there.
"When Aunt Cary showed me this photo of Albert P. Cunningham, my great-grandfather, she mentioned that he was a smart man who never graduated from high school, but I noticed the emblem at the bottom of the photo "NBH" New Bedford High '03 or 1903. I found proof that Albert Cunningham did graduate! Hecompleted the 3 year commercial course (rather than the 4 year college course)."
I did a search on the internet and happened upon the Brown University Online Library and found the programme for the New Bedford High School Graduation Exercises on Wednesday, June 24, 1903 at the New Bedford Theatre. Albert Preston Cunningham is listed under the Commercial Course (three years). He went on to be successful in the banking industry in New Bedford.
This is the scrapbook page I made for the year 1903:
I also found the 1900 Census which showed that Albert Preston Cunningham lived with his parents and three sisters at 242 Chancery Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts. Albert Cunningham was born in December 1885. I added some of that information on the journaling card to the right of the photo.
I have now completed 20 pages in The Century Scrapbook Project!
My Grandfather had his portrait taken by Bachrach in 1922, he was six. Bachrach Photography Studios started in 1868 and is the oldest continuously operating photography studio in the world! Founder David Bachrach took the only photo of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
So this page and the story is all about Bachrach Photography and I printed out a few bits from the internet and slipped them in the pocket. The light bulb sticker was perfect for the portrait of Thomas Edison - also taken in 1922 by Bachrach.
I used a homemade kit to make this page, watch to see how I put it together:
I like using muted colors or neutrals with bright colors; I like the
contrast. On this page, I didn't use color for contrast, instead, I
wanted to use the houndstooth pattern as a contrast to the doilies,
flowers and butterfly. I like this contrast because this was 1943: a
time in my grandmother's life when she had graduated from college and
had just married my grandfather but contrast with that it was an
uncertain time because of WWII.
I scanned in the photo and the back of the photo so that I used her name in her own handwriting at the top right.
Journaling: "This is Grandma Grace Zita Flavin Cunningham. She was
born on March 3, 1918 so she would have been 25 years old. This photo is
probably her college graduation photo, but it could have been shortly
afterwards. She went to college in Boston and so did Grandpa Allen and
she used to tell me stories about when she'd sneak out her dorm room
window to go on dates with him!"
Supplies: Jenni Bowlin rub on butterfly; Jenni Bowlin, Basic Grey & October Afternoon Papers.
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I'm guessing my Dad snapped this photo of my sister. Judging from her dress, I'm guessing that we were going to or coming from the Sears Portrait Studio because I'm pretty sure we've got portraits in sundresses and since my parents were divorced, my Dad would usually try to bring us to have our pictures taken whenever we were all together. I think at this time I had started living with my Dad, but my sister lived in another state with my Mom. I would have had to guess at the date but there was a calendar on the wall showing that it was 1982. Check out the computer and the phone!
Here's where my story officially started. I jotted down where and when I was born and the names of my parents. The two photos on the left are reprints from scans of the originals and the photo on the right is an original. Before using the original photo, I snapped a photo of the photos in case I want to use any of these in any future projects.
Video streaming by Ustream Check out the video to see my progress in the Century Scrapbook Project Album, so far I have pages for 1912, 1925, 1935, 1945, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1977, 1985, 1991, 2002, 2007, 2008, and 2012 so that's 14 down and something like 98 to so since I am starting with the year 1900 and going all the way up to 2012.
I promise I'll get back to the videos tomorrow - I have almost no uninterrupted time on the weekends. Meantime, here's a simple page about my Dad's graduation from the University of Maine exactly one year before I was born. I scanned the backs of the photos and used those as the journaling bits on the left of the photos. I'm not totally thilled with this page - ie. I think the blue in the strip on the left is out of place with the aqua in the title and brackets, but this project makes it easy to get the pages done because the more I do, the more I see that needs to be done. I could easily fill up a century of pages and then some.
Are you thinking of doing a family history scrapbook project? Please leave a question or comment, I'd love to answer it in a video tomorrow.
About ten years ago, we had my husband's father take us to see his father's grave site. Thomas A. Scott died in 1967. Since I don't have a photo of my children's great-grandfather, I used these photos of my husband and his dad at the gravesite.
This is my grandfather's 3rd grade class photo in 1925 from the Harrington School in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Bit of Journaling: "Here is Grandpa Allen in the 3rd Grade about the time of the infamous toilet seat frame for the principal." Apparently my Grandpa was a bit of a rascal and he took a toilet seat and attached it over the principal's portrait and wrote "our hero" on it. I'm pretty sure he got the dunce cap for that shennanigan.
The Century Scrapbook Project is a scrapbook album in which I am making one 8.5x11 page for each year between 1900-1212. Yesterday I found my International Student ID from 1990 and earlier in the week I listened to the PaperClipping Roundtable #131: Learning to Share which was all about scrapbooking your single lady days, so the early 90s were on my mind when I woke up today and I made this page:
This page is all about trusting your gut and I learned that lesson back in the early 1990s.
What to do with those old boyfriend photos? No, don't cut them up - cover them up and put them in a pocket, see how I made this page on ustream:
So here's to trusting your gut & 1991!
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Think that making a scrapbook page for each year of a century is too much? Here is a simple way to get started. Seriously simple. Check out the way I'm making a timeline for the century in a simple composition notebook.