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July 26, 2010

Carnival of Genealogy: Scrapbooking Your Family History! My first COG!! I hope I do it right!!

Filed under: CARNIVAL OF GENEALOGY, Scrapbooking Your Family History! — Tags: — rootsresearcher @ 4:29 pm

This is the first time I am taking part in a Carnival of Genealogy.  I have seen them mentioned before and they usually cover various themes and I have felt I would like to have a go, but was never sure what to do!

As mentioned on an earlier post today, I was at the Scanfest last night and “met” Jasia from the Creative Gene blog and she mentioned the latest COG which is on the theme of Scrapbooking Your Family History!

Although the hobby of Genealogy preoccupies my thoughts mostly, I do like to dabble about in my Paint Shop Pro graphics programme and do some digital scrapbooking.  Some of you will have seen examples of it in my Photographs of Ancestors pages already!

So, combining two of my favourite interests, it seems this Carnival of Genealogy is just the right one to get me started!  I’m not entirely sure that my contributions in this post meet the correct criteria for this Carnival, but I shall at least give it a go and try to add photos that are not in my Photographs of Ancestors Pages, although one or two that are there might find their way into this post!!  😉

Alexander Sutherland Sinclair – my Great Grandfather

original photograph in my private collection and this image digitally scrapped by me - copyright 2010

Alexander is my Mum’s grandfather who she never knew.  He was born in Lybster, Caithness, Scotland and moved to London when he was in his twenties.  He was a Master Carpenter and I have a cabinet he made when he was a young man.  He used it during his two marriages.  It was passed to his son when Frederick married (my grandparents).  My Gran had it for many many years and gave it to my Mum and now I have it.  I also have some of his carpentry tools which are going to be passed on to one of my stepsons.  The cabinet is going to be passed on to my stepdaughter.  I know they will treasure them as I do.

George Saunders  –  my Great Uncle

original photograph in my private collection and this image digitally scrapped by me - copyright 2010

 Although this image is entitled Uncle George, he was really my Great Uncle.  George married my grandmother’s sister and when my brothers and I were very small, we just adored going to visit Auntie and Uncle.  It wasn’t until many years later that I learned they were actually Great Auntie and Great Uncle.

It was always such fun to see them, they were always smiling and happy.  So, I have very very fond memories of both of them.  My Auntie Annie’s digitally scrapped image is in the Photographs of Ancestors page already.

Now for some Weddings!

Photograph in my private collection and this image digitally scrapped by me - copyright 2010

My “new” cousin Derek gave me this photograph.  He is descended from a family of Lower Winchendon Reads who suddenly all moved to Sussex, possibly for work.  So this wedding group which is dated about the late 1800s is for a Read wedding and most of them are relatives of the Lower Winchendon Reads!  I called it Lots of Cousins simply because I don’t know who is who … yet!!

Another Sussex branch of Reads

photograph in my private collection and this image digitally scrapped by me - copyright 2010

This is the marriage in 1905 of Ernest Read to Lily Jane.  I am told that most in the group are the Read family and they are actually outside the home of one of the Reads who was in business.  The sign on the wall says T. Read and Son.

Back to my Great Auntie Annie and Great Uncle George!

photograph in my private collection and this image digitally scrapped by me - copyright 2010

This was Auntie Annie and Uncle George’s Wedding Day in 1907 and shows all George’s side of the family.  I think in that case there must have been a photo taken showing all Annie’s Dartnell family, but where is it?  Many of the people in this particular photo are identified, so it is great for me to know who is who, but I certainly would have liked to have seen a photo with all Annie’s family too.  Maybe one day it will turn up!!

I may not have done the digital scrapbooking to suit the theme of the actual photos, but because they are all sepia, and therefore not a lot of colour, I thought it best to scrap them with subdued colour backgrounds just hopefully to show them off better and give some colour to the pages.



  1. Glad you entered the Carnival! Great pages, so glad you shared!

    Comment by Cheryl Palmer — July 26, 2010 @ 5:21 pm

    • Hallo Cheryl,

      Thanks for visiting my blog and for your comments. I was a little nervous about entering the Carnival, just wasn’t sure I was on the right lines with my post. I’ve got quite a few more pages I have digitally scrapped, so should think about adding them to my ancestors photos! It’s great to combine the two favourite hobbies for me!

      Kind regards,
      Christine (rootsresearcher)

      Comment by rootsresearcher — July 27, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

  2. What a beautiful job. I have never tried the digital scrapbooking, have done the old fashion cut out the paper kind. I think I should give this a try, probably save me some time.

    Comment by Charlene Faiella — July 27, 2010 @ 1:44 pm

    • Hallo Charlene,

      Thanks for your comment and visit to the blog. Go on, give it a go!! 😉 You have a lot of Laity photos you can practice with!! It will save some of the time from paper scrapping, but get yourself a good graphics programme – I adore my Paint Shop Pro – and you’ll find so many things you can do. And don’t forget to send me a copy of the first digitally scrapped ancestor photo you do!!!

      Kind regards,

      Chrissie and love from Cousin Paul also.

      Comment by rootsresearcher — July 27, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

  3. These are very creative and beautiful pages. You are inspiring!

    Comment by Michelle Goodrum — July 27, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

    • Ooooh Michelle, thank you for your lovely comment. I’m not so sure I’m that inspiring but it’s so nice of you to say so!!! My apologies for the delay in approving this. Thanks again.

      Kind regards,

      Christine (rootsresearcher)

      Comment by rootsresearcher — August 2, 2010 @ 11:03 pm

  4. Great older wedding photos! I’m so envious! I don’t have any old wedding photos like that. And very cool on the digital scrapbooking. I gave up on the whole photoshop thing. I even removed it from my laptop 😦 Thanks for sharing and look forward to seeing many more carnival posts from you 🙂

    Comment by Ginger Smith — July 29, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

    • Hallo Ginger, thanks for popping over to my blog and for your comment. In time you might come across some ancestor wedding photos of your own. I know the envious feeling 😉 you have that wonderful five-generation photo!!! I play with Paint Shop Pro which is fairly easy to learn, perhaps you should have another go at playing with graphics again, especially when those older wedding photos turn up some day.

      Now that I have had a go at a carnival post, I may well give it another go, especially after receiving such lovely comments from everyone!!

      Kind regards,

      Christine (rootsresearcher)

      Comment by rootsresearcher — August 2, 2010 @ 11:08 pm

  5. Christine – your photo work is awesome! Oh to be as talented as you are. Just lovely! Nice work!

    Comment by Karen — July 30, 2010 @ 6:28 pm

    • Hallo Karen, thanks so much for your wonderful comment and for visiting my blog, it’s very much appreciated. I just dabble with the graphics and try to put nice colours together and hopefully end up with something that looks nice. I must say that with all the lovely comments I’m getting regarding this carnival post, I’m sitting with a smile on my face just thinking about them!! 🙂

      Kind regards,

      Christine (rootsresearcher)

      Comment by rootsresearcher — August 2, 2010 @ 11:17 pm

  6. I think you did a tremendous job with your pictures. It was a pleasure to see how you put them together with your scrapbooking software. Good job!

    Comment by Carol Yates Wilkerson — August 1, 2010 @ 4:30 am

    • Hallo Carol, thanks so much for your visit and your lovely comment. I really am surprised by all the nice things everyone is saying about the scrap pages I posted. I have done several more, so need to add them to my Photos of Ancestors pages. I do enjoy putting them together too, even though sometimes it can be a little time-consuming.

      Kind regards,

      Christine (rootsresearcher)

      Comment by rootsresearcher — August 2, 2010 @ 11:21 pm

  7. You did a marvelous job of putting your pages together and presenting them on your blog! Great job, Christine!

    Comment by Jasia — August 2, 2010 @ 8:24 pm

    • Thanks for visiting and for your comment Jasia. Just “meeting” you at the Scanfest was all it took, as my ears pricked up when you mentioned the carnival and scrapbooking together!! Now I have done a carnival post and received such wonderful comments, I am looking forward to the next one, whatever it is!

      Thanks again.

      Kind regards,

      Christine (rootsresearcher)

      Comment by rootsresearcher — August 2, 2010 @ 11:24 pm

  8. Your pages were just lovely. Great pictures made even greater by your skill and art.

    Comment by Joan Hill — August 6, 2010 @ 12:44 am

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