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The Future of Memories An Digital Publishing Primer for the Family Historian
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Publisher Moultrie Creek St. Augustine, Florida Author Denise Barrett Olson For additional information about this book and the topics discussed, visit the Book Notes page at the Moultrie Creek Gazette.
How to Use This Book...........................................................................................................1 Introduction ..........................................................................................................................2 What is Digital Publishing? ...................................................................................................6
Print on Demand Publishing on Demand Electronic Books Online Libraries Blogging Multimedia Presentations Cost Visibility Incremental Publishing Rich Content Control Minimal support Digital Rights Management 7 8 9 11 11 13 14 15 15 16 16 18 19
Society Publishing ..............................................................................................................20 Tools of the Trade ................................................................................................................22
Hardware Word Processing Software PDF Creation Tools Photo Editing Software Multimedia Tools Publishing Services Aunt Kate’s Autograph Book Family Cookbook Baby Book Family Portrait The Regatta A Contemporary Wedding Album The Circle B Ranch Desktop Wallpaper Calendars Photo Art Multimedia Scrapbooks Building an eBook Treasured Art The Living Book of the Dead
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Project Ideas .......................................................................................................................32
Because technology is constantly changing. Throughout the book. These are hyperlinks which will take you to a web site with additional information. 1 . It provides an overview of the technologies. How these links actually appear will depend on the reader application you are using. services and software you can use to create your own family history projects. It’s where you’ll ﬁnd links to the services and software discussed here plus additional resources to help you put these tools to work for you. I’ve created a resource section for this book online at the Moultrie Creek Gazette . Stop by the Book Notes resource page and see for yourself.my web site.How to Use This Book This book is an idea book. it’s quite likely that platforms and services discussed in the book will change. To best deal with that. you’ll ﬁnd portions of text displayed in blue.
but for most everyone else it’s an effort to get beyond the photo section. It took years of research and writing effort to create and is full of detailed information going back nine generations. I not only want my publication to be attractive and easy to read with lots of photos and images. It’s a gold mine for a genealogist. because much of it was typed on a typewriter with the photo pages pulled together in a copy center. I want to include all the technical components like documented sources and bibliographies. And. there is no index and it’s difﬁcult to ﬁnd speciﬁc content. I want to tell my family’s story in a way that keeps both my research cousins and my genealogy-challenged cousins interested. 2 .Introduction One of my prized possessions is a family history of my Link family.
It not only draws the eye to the focus image.past. In addition to documenting the lives of our ancestors. 3 . present and future. I want to change that. we are also documenting today’s family. And. design and multimedia elements to create a compelling story that will keep my family’s interest yet provide the detail my research cousins require. This book celebrates those memories . it has always been secondary to the images and design. we’re taking advantage of any tools available to document our own memories. but it can also give a sense of time and place through the use of design elements. because our lives are so fastpaced. My goal is to document my family history in new and interesting ways that combine writing.I’m an avid fan of digital scrapbooking and I love the artistic quality of a beautifully designed page. While journaling is an important scrapbooking component.
There are no design rules for your family story and thanks to today’s technology. Today. You might choose to write a series of biographical sketches of the people you ﬁnd fascinating or build your history one surname.It’s your research. It’s your story. generation or location at a time. Tell it your way. You’ve spent hours on your research. Digital publishing gives you a growing list of opportunities to express 4 . Maybe you would prefer creating a photo documentary to writing a formal history. writing a formal family history is no longer your only option. there are many affordable options. but you’re still not ready to commit to writing THE family history.
5 . Digital cameras that record video as well as still photos allow us to capture those precious moments and share them with others. This primer introduces you to these new and exciting technologies and shows you how to take advantage of the opportunities they offer to produce quality histories at a reasonable price. It discusses the skills needed to create production-ready projects and suggests resources to help you get started.your creativity and share your heritage in ways that will generate more than a nod and yawn from your family.
Also supported under the umbrella of digital publishing are interactive multimedia presentations. It can range from custom gift items created from photographs to art-quality reproductions of heirloom portraits to printed histories.not all of them related to printing. Digitally distributed publications offer features such as hyperlinks and text search so readers can easily move from one area to another. . a television screen or even an iPod. . there’s an digital publishing 6 . Just as interesting . They can move through the presentation at their own speed and follow links to different sections that attract their interest. These can include photos and videos combined with narration to create a Ken Burns style documentary or a digital scrapbook combining those elements with traditional scrapbook embellishment to create presentations that can be viewed on a computer. now viewers can do more than just watch.Whatever your preference.What is Digital Publishing? Digital publishing covers a broad category of services and products . some publications may never make it to print. Since books are now being distributed on electronic devices such as the Kindle and iPad.
anniversaries and other get-togethers with custom memorabilia like signs. Electronic printing platforms reproduce professional quality images and graphics on a growing number of items ranging from cards to tee shirts to posters and even framed paintings. all kinds of apparel and other gift items. family historians also have the ability to create high-quality copies of heirloom photos and art pieces to share with other family members. provides a simple interface where users can easily order prints from any photo. Print on Demand Print on demand sits at the bottom of the digital publishing collection. caps and tee shirts. They have many other (smaller) specialty items too. ImageKind prints on high-quality art Mpix also prints on quality papers and canvas with additional options like huge “wall clings” that can cover a wall. From Flickr. They also provide a storefront where users can sell their creations.option to ﬁt your plans. On the fun side. there are no upfront design costs and you order only the quantity you want. buttons. Better yet. 7 . but has many uses to the family historian. In addition. print on demand services can support family functions like reunions. Since you create the designs yourself. Thanks to this technology. cards. papers and canvas and offers many matting and framing options. CafePress has just about everything. mugs. they connect to any number of other services for specialty items. Let’s take a look at some of them to see what they offer the family historian. you can send your family to framed prints to posters. the photo-sharing platform. coffee mugs.
You only pay for the number you buy. 8 . Their free Booksmart software ma ny design easy to build your book using their ma layouts.the service’s web site to order their own memorabilia . Blurb.com. To sweeten the pot. You’ll only pay for one copy. many of these services also provide a storefront where you can advertise your publications for sale. magazine or newsletter – and have it printed at whatever quantity you desire with no up-front costs. If you only want one copy. offer their have their own bookstore where they can huge support publications for sale and Lulu offers a all aspects system of free and paid services covering of the publishing ﬁeld. This service offers the most size and Members options in both color or black and white. The service determines the cost per copy based on size. Although more focused on photo boo -based Blurb does also provide options for text kes it books. you can create a publication – book. B&W or color printing and number binding Lulu. prints and ships the orders and sends you a royalty check each month. but their designer is quite easy to use. MyPublisher has the online book choices for book size and type. ks. Publishing on Demand Thanks to a growing number of online services. no problem. fewest MyPublisher. The service provides the storefront.relieving you of at least one worry in your event planning efforts. binding type. handles the sales transactions. These services offer several size and binding options with something that ﬁts every budget.
a growing number are read either on a computer or with a portable device like the Kindle. Others allow you total freedom to design your own layouts.of pages. Fee-based services for editing. Many software user guides and a growing number of reports and business publications are distributed this way. Electronic Books While many electronic books are designed to be printed. iPad. Nook or other electronic book reader. technical skills and budget. Some services include book-building software or online wizards with pre-designed layouts where you can easily drop your photos and paste your text. the most common version of an electronic book is a document exported to portable document format (PDF). proof-reading and layout/design support are also available. Which service you use will depend on your publication needs. Today. PDF provides a standard for distributing documents with all layout and formatting features intact regardless of the software originally 9 . You then choose how much markup to add to calculate your retail price.
it’s not well-suited for a family history full of charts. you can download one for free at the Adobe web site. Most computers come with reader software already installed. PDF also supports hyperlinks and text searching. 10 . DOC and the most common image formats. Although the ePub format supports images.used to create it. if you don’t have a reader. While this will work well for novels and general non-ﬁction. In addition to maintaining formats and images. Most other readers use the ePub format. HTML. And. A growing number of e-book readers also support PDF. Books designed to only be read on an electronic device come in a number of different formats. These features are especially useful for reference books. but the newest model can also read PDF. diagrams and photos. making it easier to ﬁnd speciﬁc content and navigate through large documents. Amazon’s Kindle reader use a proprietary format. Readers only need a freely distributed reader application to view the document. the Stanza and Kindle book reader applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch limit the content to text only because of the devices’ small display area.
A blog is an easy-to-use online platform for writing and publishing articles. Blogs support text. A growing number of these libraries support usersubmitted publications.Online Libraries New on the electronic media stage are publishing platforms offering the viewer the option to read publications online or download them in a growing number of format options. The Internet Archive offers both a browser-based reader as well as providing downloads in popular e-reader formats. Blogging Many in the genealogy community have already discovered the joys of blogging. Scribd offers both an open area to share publications and a storefront where writers can sell their works. Other platforms. Offers a growing collection of Internet Archives. audio and 11 . Google Books. Upload an d share PowerPoint presentations and othe r documents. images. A co mprehensive source for public domain book s and open source audiobooks. form where users can post publica tions and a storefront to sell your work. Offers both an open plat Slideshare. Family historians have used blogs to document their research efforts as well as to write their stories. provide for sharing presentations. like Slideshare. Scribd. The advantages are many. books and periodicals. Google Books is probably the most familiar.
com) or at the Genea-Bloggers group on Facebook. this bunch can be found online at the Genea-Bloggers site (www. Posterous is a mini-blog platform that is easy to use and posts/photos can be sent from computers and mobile devices. research tips and lots of conversation. Known as genea-bloggers. many bloggers are ﬁnding it’s a lot less intimidating to write a short story than tackle a complete family history. there is a large and active online impressive feature set. Not only does maintaining a genealogy blog improve your research efforts.com provides a free level along with additional at-cost features. Here you’ll ﬁnd writing prompts.one story at a time.video giving your stories added dimension. Blogger. but will grow with you as your gain experience. this free platform is easy to use. One very nice advantage of maintaining a family history blog is it is very search-friendly. your writing skills improve and you gain conﬁdence as your family history builds itself . Another Google property. Tumblr is another mini-blog with an Thanks to blogging. WordPress. As a result.geneabloggers. It’s not unusual for a family blog to attract research cousins and create opportunities to share information with others studying your ancestors. 12 . community of genealogy and family history fanatics.
These can range from simple slideshows displayed on a computer screen or digital frame to movies with music and narration. audio and video components along with all the graphical elements that make scrapbooks so popular. text journaling. Submit your vid ealogy presentations to share with the gen community. Although not a place to upl video ook with you can build a multimedia scrapb embed codes to and host it there. Scrapblog. Another form of multimedia presentations is the digital scrapbook. These provide a facility to include images. Scrapblog offers g or web site. g h-deﬁnitio Vimeo. display the presentation on your blo 13 . eo-sharin YouTube. If it’s family histor eo on RootsTelevision. collections and longer video y. it should be RootsTelevision. Probably the best known vid platform.Multimedia Presentations Multimedia combines text with images. oad videos. audio and video clips to build a multi-dimensional presentation. Offers both standard and hig t large n por to sup videos. Choose the pro ($) account presentations. The results can then be distributed online or by DVD to expand their reach.
Some publishing platforms do provide additional fee-based services like editorial and design support which you can choose to use if you so desire. If you are taking advantage of the service’s storefront feature. digital publishing services seldom require upfront costs or a minimum purchase. In most cases.Advantages Cost Unlike traditional publishing. once your publication is ready all you do is upload it to your free account at the publisher’s site. then order and pay for only the number of copies you want. 14 . you determine how much markup to add to the publication’s cost and the service will take a small percentage of that proﬁt from each sale.
Visibility Many published genealogies can be found in their local historical society’s library. you have more ways to present your family history. Some even make it to the Library of Congress. Unlike those print documents. With cost removed as a factor. We all know that the research never ends. Not only can you build the sections at your own speed. Incremental Publishing As a family historian. It’s hard to get that kind of reach for a print-only publication. when posted on digital publishing platforms. And. it’s a lot easier to update a section when new research warrants. these same documents are immediately available through all the major search engines. my goal is to tell the story of my ancestors. but thanks to digital publishing we can now choose to publish our family histories as a series of short pieces. a digital document posted on an obscure web site has immediate world-wide visibility. Consider your family history as a loose-leaf notebook and each of those “micro-histories” as tabbed sections. 15 .
color options.Rich Content Thanks to the explosion of portable reading devices and price reductions in digital storage devices (external disk drives). Control Your publication is your creation . many of us now prefer an electronic publication to a printed one.your research. words and images. layout and design elements and so on. You can include video clips. publications created properly are also searchable – allowing us to quickly ﬁnd speciﬁc information. voice narrations and even music to create a multimedia presentation. we can include hyperlinks to navigate within the document or to content outside the publication. Digital publications let you go way beyond searchable text and hyperlinks. Wouldn’t you love to hear the sound of your ancestors’ voices? Why wouldn’t you want to include those features in your stories for the beneﬁt of your future generations? Thanks to today’s technology. You decide the size and binding options. As digital publishers. there’s no extra cost to publish an digital document in color. Not only is it easier to store. you can. And. You choose the platform 16 .
it's not unreasonable to consider your efforts unique. Because it is your creation. Throughout this book I offer hand-crafted options and while this may seem out of place when discussing high-tech tools. yet still create a hand-crafted product.for publishing and distributing your work. You set the price. 17 . you can choose to take advantage of your digital tools. You are in total control of your publication.
18 . but will take some effort and practice to use them successfully. This can be an intimidating prospect. many will need to learn several additional features to create documents for publication.Disadvantages Minimal support Although most of the apps and services used to create digital publications provide an abundance of self-help information. And. editor. art director. while most of us are familiar with basic word processing skills. Features like index and table of contents generation are not difﬁcult to learn. no one is personally holding your hand through the entire creation and publishing process. Tackling them for the ﬁrst time two days before your publishing deadline is an invitation for disaster. cover designer and marketing director for your project. You are the writer.
Today’s publishing options give you more choices and you decide which of those works for you.but as the music industry is discovering. this only irritates the honest people who paid for the product. they will ﬁnd a way to do it. The bad guys already have a way around those controls. if someone wants to steal your work. Reality is.Digital Rights Management Some authors and society editors are concerned that digital publications are a license to steal. 19 . it’s quite easy to forward a digital copy of a journal or newsletter to others. You could publish in a format that supports digital rights management controls . but with today’s technology it’s just as easy to scan and share a paper copy too.and limits viewing to speciﬁc machines or devices . Yes.
Digital publishing is a win-win situation for societies large and small. Not only can you afford to offer both digital and print editions of your publications to your membership, you can generate additional revenue by selling previous editions without the problems of storage, shipping and collecting money. These opportunities allow you to reach an audience way beyond your local community and to attract new members from all over the world. And, because digital publications are so easy to produce, you can expand your library to include cemetery inventories, books of scanned historical documents and journals. This will in turn attract more people to your society. Even if your society isn’t ready to expand its publications effort, you may want to consider how to support those members
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who are creating publications on their own. If your membership includes experienced writers, offering a peer review service could encourage more writing and possibly generate additional income for the society. With the growing number of online storage and archival services, societies can maintain their own digital archives to store and present their digitized collection. Organized “scanning socials” can teach members best practices for handling and scanning publications, photos, documents and ephemera. Projects like these may also inspire members to offer to share their digital archives with the society.
Tools of the Trade
You are already familiar with many of the tools you’ll need to support your writing and publishing efforts. For example, we are all familiar with our word processing application. However, not all of us have had to deal with the more specialized features needed to create a family history. As a researcher, you’re well aware of the value of an index or table of contents when looking for speciﬁc information within a publication. Most word processing applications include tools to help you create your own, but you will need to learn how to use them. The time you spend learning these features will be returned to you ten-fold in time saved creating your history. Be sure to check the supporting Book Notes pages at Moultrie Creek Gazette for additional information and links to useful resources.
You don’t need a special computer to do any of the projects discussed here. I have a Mac desktop, but a Windows desktop or laptop will work just as well. An external hard drive is a great investment, especially if you have a large collection of photos and ephemera to digitize. An all-in-one printer/scanner is the perfect example of a multi-tasking tool. I chose mine primarily for its ink quality. A printer that uses pigment inks (rather than dye inks) has better archival print life and color stability. Projects printed on quality paper with pigment inks can last more than 200 years when maintained properly while dye inks average 25 to 30 years. Yes, these inks do cost more - signiﬁcantly more. One alternative is to send your high-quality print projects to a print-on-demand service. Not only do they have the inks and papers best suited for your project, they can handle oversized pieces too. You will ﬁnd a list of print services online in the Book Notes. A scanner is a necessity for digitizing family photos and papers. There are ﬂat-bed scanners, portable scanners and document scanners with sheet feeders that will automatically scan a collection of papers. New portable scanners are battery-operated 23
A digital camera that takes both still photos and video is a must for capturing those special moments for future generations. Here’s where you start working to make your publication look good and include elements like ﬁgures. Once written. charts. Word Processing Software A good word processing application supports both your writing and layout efforts. your spelling and your grammar. you take on a new role – layout technician. Let’s take a quick look at the difference. Yes. an 24 . While a ﬂat-bed scanner is the best option for the fragile photos. papers and documents that make up your personal archive. Don’t forget you are also documenting your family’s current history. You’ll want quick access to reference material like a dictionary and thesaurus. footnotes. While you are writing your history. bookmarks. They make scanning an open page in a book a simple task. document scanners have gained popularity for quickly digitizing society journals and newsletters.and can go with you to the library. writing is one task while layout is another. you are concerned with the organization of your story. magazine clippings and other current publications you want to keep but have no room to store the printed copies.
Not all word processors provide the tools you will need so be sure to check before you spend your money. when you publish digitally . The tools needed to support your writing efforts include: ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ Spell check Grammar check Auto-correction Dictionary/Thesaurus Your word processor should also support features that make the publishing process easier.index and a table of contents to make it more convenient for your readers.either as a PDF document or as an e-book . These include: ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ Styles and templates Table of Contents Footnotes and endnotes Index Bibliography Although an index is an absolute necessity for a printed family history.it’s a waste of time and effort. Why? All PDF and ebook readers include both linking and search functionality. It’s 25 .
Lotus Symphony and WordPerfect .much faster for a reader to pop up the search box from anywhere in the book than to navigate to and through an index. Unfortunately Acrobat doesn’t ﬁt into many family historian’s budgets. The gold standard for PDF creation is Acrobat from Adobe .and more affordable . PDF Creation Tools Since the portable document format (PDF) has become such a universal standard for sharing documents.to convert documents to PDF. 26 . it’s become much easier . Mac & Linux] and most commercial DTP software also offer PDF creation capabilities.org. Open source desktop publishing (DTP) applications such as Scribus [Win. A growing number of ofﬁce suites OpenOfﬁce. Fortunately there are affordable alternatives.include PDF creation within their applications.the company that created PDF. Mac users have PDF creation built into the operating system.
It will ask you to enter a ﬁle name for the PDF ﬁle and then save the results. restore and organize old family photos and documents. install a virtual printer on your computer. like the free PDFCreator [Win] application. Photo Editing Software Photos are an integral part of any family historian’s research.Many of these applications provide a command or button to initiate the conversion process. This same software will be used to prepare those images for use in your projects. Some.from any application . To convert a document . In some cases. Most historians already have some kind of image editing software to help them scan.you print the document to the PDFCreator “printer”. Basic image editing features needed to support your publishing effort include: ❖ Cropping ❖ Resizing ❖ Straightening 27 . your image editor can also be used to create multimedia slide shows or photo books from your collection.
Just about every computer includes some kind of movie-making application so it costs nothing to experiment. giving us the ability to create rich multimedia presentations. Combine those apps with today’s scrapbooking software and you have everything you need to create an interactive presentation containing video. Although it sounds a bit intimidating. While capturing digital audio isn’t difﬁcult.❖ Adjusting brightness & contrast ❖ Adjusting color ❖ Photo organization Multimedia Tools Most of today’s digital cameras support both still photo and video capture. it’s actually not only easy but fun too. editing can be a bit of a challenge. voice. Applications like Apple’s iDVD not only let you build a DVD of movies with a menu that will function on any DVD player. it also 28 . photos. Most home computers come with easy-to-use movie editing applications giving us all the tools to create our own family documentaries. text and links.
Although those ﬁles cannot be viewed on your television. It offers a full range of publishing support from basic do-it-yourself wizards to any number of editorial. Blurb [http://www.com] is one of the best known print-ondemand/publishing platforms. You can download their free BookSmart software which offers dozens of 29 .lulu. You can order however many copies you want and make the book available for others to purchase their own copies. Publishing Services Lulu [http://www. that content will be available when the DVD is viewed on a computer. its storefront makes it easy to share or sell your book with others. Lulu provides services that will get your book into catalogs such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com] focuses on the photo book. If you’re considering sales beyond your family and friends. layout and marketing support services. In addition.allows for the addition of other digital ﬁles.blurb. They also offer a full range of size and binding options and provide both template ﬁles for the adventurous and book-building wizards for the rest of us.
then move on to the next page until your book is complete. 30 . Anyone can create a free account and begin uploading documents to share with others. Scribd [http://www.scribd. For genea-bloggers building their family history one story at a time.com] is a free and easy publishing site with a very social side.page layout templates so you can drop in your photos. Genealogy and historical societies have discovered Scribd is a great place to present their newsletter and journal archives as well as An article reprint posted on Scribd. this is a great way to pull it all together. add backgrounds and decorative elements. One of my favorite features is the blog book. You can upload your printready PDF ﬁle and go from there. enter descriptive text. You can export selected blog posts to BookSmart and build a custom book. Do you prefer to do your own design? No problem.
31 . You can subscribe to other users and their latest additions are announced in your reading feed. I use Scribd to share digital copies of items from my personal archive like Miss Kate’s Autograph Book and a short story my mother wrote. Scribd’s social side . Scribd also makes it easy for you to announce new documents you publish via Facebook and Twitter.more like a book club than a library . Some are even taking advantage of Scribd’s storefront to generate revenue from this archival content.scanned documents.makes it easy to connect with others.
Aunt Kate’s Autograph Book Would you like to digitize a family treasure to both preserve it and share it with others? Here’s a good starter project that does just that. Before packing it away in an archival box to protect it from further deterioration. I scanned the book with plans to create a booklet from the images so any interested family members could have a copy of their own. Miss Kate’s autographs date from the late 19th century.Project Ideas These projects show how digital publishing offers interesting options for sharing your family history. 32 . showing the affection and respect she enjoyed in her community. The book’s binding is disintegrating and many of the pages are now loose.
After adding a cover and exporting everything to PDF. I uploaded the result to Lulu. Several people downloaded copies and I had a few printed to give to older family members and the local historical society. it’s much easier for search engines to ﬁnd – thanks in part to the social links it provides to Facebook and Twitter. Recently I moved the document to the Scribd platform. While it doesn’t offer a print option (except to print on your local printer). they provide the storefront that allows family and friends to order and download their copies without having to go through me ﬁrst. I added a short biography written by my cousin and the only photo I have of Miss Kate. 33 . then inserted into the booklet document.The book was created using OpenOfﬁce.org’s Writer app and Photoshop Elements. My images were cropped and re-sized. but after a few months there was no further activity for this booklet at Lulu. Not only does Lulu offer both print and download options.
Recipes came in on note cards.of their own. We have produced two editions in our family and are discussing a third. children have grown up and now have families – and special dishes . Once the copies were 34 . a family cookbook is a good one. Since then. The ﬁrst edition was "published" in 1993 and had a very limited printing – only 35 copies. The ﬁrst edition was created using WordPerfect. and letterhead and were manually transcribed into WordPerfect. The booklet setup let me print two pages per sheet in a format that was collated for copying front and back.Family Cookbook If you are looking for a challenge. though. a copy machine and a lot of late hours at the binding machine in my ofﬁce. notebook paper. so in 2006 we were ready for an update and a much larger printing. things were a lot different. The layout took advantage of WordPerfect’s booklet feature to create 5½ by 8½ inch pages. We've added more in-laws and out-laws and lots of good cooks. This time.
At the time. then punch and bind it. Using Photoshop Elements and OpenOfﬁce. not become a cookbook sensation. I added family photos and captions.done and the sheets were cut. For the second edition. Submissions arrived by email and thumb drives and were then copy/pasted into the software. The result was converted to PDF and uploaded to Lulu for printing and sale. That’s when the real fun began. cookbook applications were just beginning to offer publishing capabilities and mine gave me a text ﬁle with the recipes organized into the proper categories. The previous recipes are already in it. add the covers. I haven’t had any sales. it was relatively easy to pull each booklet together.org’s Writer app. Lulu notiﬁed me that the cookbook had been picked up by Amazon for sale there. My goal was to create a family keepsake. The next edition will also be managed using cookbook software. Timeconsuming and tedious. then formatted it to the size and style I wanted. Family members bought their own copies and some to share with friends. but then I haven’t made an attempt to market it either. but easy. MacGourmet Deluxe. we used cookbook software to collect and organize the recipes. About a year later. My current application. has a sophisticated Cookbook Builder platform that allows me to 35 . so all I need is to collect and add new ones.
I can always export it as a text ﬁle and hand-craft the layout and formatting myself. add photos. The toughest part of a family cookbook is collecting the recipes. Cookbook software isn’t your only option. email requests and other versions of arm-twisting to collect both current and heirloom recipes. Take advantage of family events. If not. drag and drop recipes where I want them and then include additional text and image pages to build a custom publication. These allow you to collect and organize your recipes at your online account. MacGourmet will generate a PDF ﬁle that can be sent to Lulu for printing. I have already been experimenting with the various formatting options the software offers to see if one does everything I want. Once construction is complete. because MacGourmet also offers an iPhone version of the app.create my own chapters. wrote in the margins and even a 36 . Our family is lucky to have cooks who tucked notes in published cookbooks. newsletters. choose a size and theme. And. chances are good that some of my family members may also want a recipe data ﬁle as well as a published cookbook. then click the button to publish. There are several online cookbook-building platforms available too. Each recipe record has a ﬁeld for a photo and nothing says it has to be a photo of the dish.
every item assigned that style will be automatically updated. size. The ﬁrst of those is styles. there are several features that will help you tremendously.” is often heard when a great dish shows up at a family dinner. It’s a challenge to track them all down. A style is a collection of formatting commands. it also makes it easy to experiment. If you change a style. Have paper and pencil handy to grab it right then! If you want to hand-craft your cookbook using your word processing application. you create a style and assign it to each title. color and alignment for every title in your cookbook. this feature allowed 37 . On our second edition cookbook. This will not only insure your formatting is uniform throughout your publication. It’s also a lot of fun.few who wrote out recipe cards. Instead of manually changing the font. “This goes into the next cookbook.
all you do is click the button to regenerate it for you. You’ll have stress enough as your deadline looms. should your editing change the publication’s pagination. Since these features aren’t everyday functions. the table of contents generator will collect them and their page numbers for you. 38 . And. If your project’s headings and sub-headings are styled.me to experiment with font styles and colors until I had exactly the look I wanted. spend some time learning how they work and getting comfortable with them before you get too involved in a big project. Styles are also the basis of the automatic table of contents generation feature.
Now that’s all ﬁne and dandy for keeping family and friends up-to-date. It reminds me who my God-parents were. it's easy to capture and share all kinds of family events.Baby Book I still have mine and it's full of the most delightful information.something that will always be nearby to capture the magic moments of babyhood. Apps like Momento for the iPhone give you the ability to quickly comment on your day and include photos taken with the iPhone. While it does have a lot of interesting information about my early days. For one thing. It documents things like when I smiled my ﬁrst smile. It's a beautifully illustrated book created in the style of the 1950s. got my ﬁrst tooth and spoke my ﬁrst words. but how will you keep all this information so future generations can enjoy it too? Consider a digital journal. What makes it special is its ability 39 .even the stay-at-home ones are much too busy to spend their days focused on a baby book (or multiple baby books as the family grows). there’s not a single photo in it. Combined with social platforms like Facebook. it's still quite sparse. What moms need these days to document their newborns are smart phones with cameras . what gifts I received and who gave them. New moms .
usually as simple as sending an email. Want to pull it all together later? Consider a blog book via Blurb. In addition. Flickr. Although it doesn't currently have a desktop version.both as commenters and as contributors. the not-so-techie members of the family can be set up as email subscribers to receive updates via email.to import your content from a number of social media sites (Facebook. Foursquare. they offer the ability to automatically forward those posts to social sites like Facebook and Twitter so you can document an event and update everyone in one operation. YouTube and more) so you can collect all that content without duplicating your efforts. Platforms like Posterous and Tumblr make it easy to post photos. And. A baby or family blog is another great way to capture and share special moments. there is a text/photo export option available. Both offer both public and private options for your blog. 40 . with Posterous. these blog platforms are great ways for all members of the family to participate . Because they are email-easy. video and journal entries from your phone or desktop .
a formal family photo. St. which was still a novelty at that time. where are we going to ﬁnd a photographer available during the holidays? Second. This was a perfect solution for us – someone who would be open when our group was available and offering some entertainment in the process. there were a couple of 41 . Several years back we were organizing an unusually large Christmas gathering. was a challenge. Shops and services focused on the tourists’ dollars are available right into Christmas Eve. One of these services is the “old-tyme” photo business. Augustine is a tourist destination that is quite busy during the Christmas holidays. One request. Sure. There were all kinds of functions planned to keep everyone busy throughout the holiday. It does show how you can take advantage of a current trend to create a special memory that will be enjoyed today and into future generations. Family would be coming from all parts of the country for a long Christmas weekend. First. These photographers provide all kinds of fun costumes and props to create portraits with a vintage look. how are we going to get everyone to to sit for a formal photograph? Fortunately for us.Family Portrait This project doesn’t involve digital publishing or any other kind of tech.
We found a photographer with a studio big enough for our crowd and who would schedule us for early Christmas Eve afternoon. It’s my favorite. there were lots of requests for another family portrait. 42 . as our crew found costumes and got dressed they spilled out into the sidewalk while waiting for the others. but as it turned out they were the ones who had the most fun. He was right. On the ﬂip side. We promised him a minimum purchase amount since we would be using up much more time than a simple couple or family shot takes. but one of the out-takes.folks that had to be pushed a bit to participate. Our family portrait was so much fun that the next time we expected a large holiday group. This attracted a lot of attention – and even more business for the photographer. The photo you see here is not THE portrait. I think the photographer said something – purposely – and grabbed a shot of the response because he knew it would sell as much as the formal shot.
Although originally a Christmas event. there were often too many other events competing for time during the holiday season so after my sister built the perfect Thanksgiving venue out in the country. but since Caroline’s death it has become an annual affair . A box fan was placed at one end of the pool and the ﬁrst vessel to touch the far end won. The regatta began with my Aunt Caroline and the ﬁrst one took place in her pool. The regatta continued sporadically for several years and was often held at Christmas. The original rules dictated that each entry must be built from found items . it has become a family tradition.and is now called the Caroline Cup in her honor. Over the last 20 years. the regatta was rescheduled to become The ﬂip-ﬂop ﬂeet 43 . Our regatta takes place in a swimming pool and each of the entries .Home Movies Updated The thought of a regatta conjures up visions of sleek yachts with huge sails billowing in the wind. The inaugural winner was beautifully engineered from a foam butcher’s tray used to hold hamburger. That would not be our regatta.calling some of them boats is a real stretch of the imagination .is home-built.otherwise known as trash.
Mr. it’s an entertaining way to learn a bit of family history. I do have photos of the 44 . A prize for style was added with The Barbie Barge. That also includes current family history. but what about those entertaining events like my family’s regatta which give life to the faces and names? Thanks to photos and videos of events like these. I didn’t start seriously documenting it until 2001. Wonderful and Psycho Turkey as memorable winners. Preserving the Record Family historians are responsible for capturing and preserving the family record. compressed air. To those of us who knew and loved Caroline. this tradition is a way to keep her close to our hearts. CO2 and. various forms of ﬁreworks. The regatta entertains young and old alike and serves as a great ice-breaker for those attending their ﬁrst big family affair. of course. To those who never met her. weddings and deaths. Being located in a less congested area has also allowed us to add a power class to the mix.a Thanksgiving tradition. We’re good at capturing those “vital” events such as births. we can pass on much more than just records to the generations that follow us. Although the ﬁrst regatta took place in 1992. Propulsion systems have included rubber bands.
but nothing in-between. I have produced movies for each event. I have the camera rolling though the entire race. so did the photos. As my camera quality improved. Here are some of the tricks I’ve learned over the years: ❖ Take lots of still photos and short video clips of the event’s setting. If I can do it. The more you take. In my case. Waiting for the starter’s gun 45 . I started experimenting with video in recent years. I want photos and video of both the people and their boats. all images and video are digital and once I moved to the Mac platform and began playing with iMovie. that’s even better. the more “good” shots and clips you’ll have to include in your movie. I don’t even qualify as a talented amateur in either photography or videography. ❖ Because the regatta is a spontaneous event. Since 2001. If I can con someone else to do the same from a different angle. but I can still turn out a pretty decent movie.original regatta. anybody can.
I learned this lesson the hard way. [Yes.but just not in your production. Facebook or other movie-sharing sites. leave it out. It 46 .not the originals. speaking of laughing. And. You still have all the action in your original raw footage for historical purposes . video clips should be edited to capture only the best action.especially when I’m doubled over laughing. you’ll still have the original footage to go back to.another reason why you only work with copies . but using the tripod’s handle to move the camera as the action shifts is much smoother than holding it in my hands . ❖ Just like you crop photos to focus on the best of the image. That way. Both are easy to learn and can generate highquality movies that can be distributed as DVDs (for TV viewing) or uploaded to YouTube.❖ I mount my camera on a tripod to record the race. Not only does the tripod stabilize the camera.] ❖ During the editing process. make sure you’re always working with copies of your photos and clips . if anything messes up. If it doesn’t support the story line. Both Apple’s iMovie and Microsoft’s Movie Maker come with your computer purchase. the tripod keeps the camera further away from my body so that my laughing or cheering won’t overpower the rest of the audio.
You can only create a true high-deﬁnition movie if your camera is capable of recording highdeﬁnition video clips. ❖ Movie editing apps usually work with multiple “tracks”. Most movie editing apps offer several effects to smooth the transition from one photo or clip to the next. you’ll soon see the advantage of editing each track separately. The visual content (photos and videos) are often on a different track than the audio. ❖ Your movie will often combine still photos with video clips. but these tips should help you get started: ❖ When you create a movie project.will take a bit of experimenting to get comfortable with the video editing process. For example. While this will be a bit confusing at ﬁrst. Some even have an additional track for background music. that most photos are standard deﬁnition dimensions and will either need to be cropped to ﬁt the wider perspective or have unattractive color bars at the top and bottom when the photo is displayed. you can reduce the volume of the background music track when the voice track has content you want to hear. 47 . you’ll be asked if you want to create a standard movie or a high-deﬁnition movie. too. Be aware.
You can also adjust the timing of the transition to suit your presentation. Turning your movie project into an actual production is the most confusing part of the entire process.and largest ﬁle size. For presentation on the web. your movie settings will be the highest quality . There are so many different settings and options that make no sense whatever. ❖ Save your project frequently. Your editor offers themed design elements like banners to make the text stand out. The settings you will use depend on how your movie will be presented. Most editors have standard settings for the most-used options. ❖ Use titles . check the platform’s help section to see what settings they recommend. You can choose those and then view them on the device/platform to see if it’s up to your quality standards. 48 . places and events depicted in your movie. Make sure all photos and clips are backed up too. If you’re building a DVD so the movie can be viewed on someone’s television.text added over the photos and clips throughout your movie to identify people.
Click here to watch a regatta in action at Vimeo. everything else is fun .for you and your audience. Your family will love your efforts . As long as you have the movie project ﬁles to fall back on. 49 .Don’t expect the ﬁrst try to be perfect. you can improve your old movies as you gain experience.as will future generations. After that. The number one priority is to capture the moment for posterity.
During the wedding 50 . How do you get all those photos collected in one place? You do it virtually! Flickr. but can also share selected photos with one or more groups. The professional wedding photos are breath-taking. you will likely ﬁnd dozens of cameras at any wedding . making it public A preview of Candlelight .only for select users and any number of options in between. but it’s the candid shots that make the memories. includes a feature called groups. an amazing online photo community.snapping both stills and videos. Thanks to camera phones and tiny digital cameras.A Contemporary Wedding Album I am loving the gorgeous wedding photo books displayed at just about every book-building and photo-sharing service online.or private . Worn Once found on Blurb. Anyone can create a group. Individuals upload their photos to their personal proﬁle. open to everyone .Measure Twice.
their wedding processional as a joyous dance down the aisle. rehearsals and other related events are collected in one place. They should be encouraged to do just that! These photos and comments will give you a much broader perspective on all the events surrounding the wedding. but everyone who watches shares the joy expressed by both the wedding party and their guests. One couple is now quite famous for choreographing .planning process. And what about those video clips capturing even more wedding highlights? Combine them with some of the still shots to make a video documentary of your wedding.and capturing . It’s not a professional production. 51 . you’ll ﬁnd that many of the book-building platforms can pull photos directly from Flickr. When you’re ready to build your wedding book. family and friends can add their own descriptions and comments to the photos. Because Flickr is very social. With all your photos collected in one place and many including comments from your guests. you’re well on your way to building a beautiful memory of a very special event. This way you can insure that photos from showers. create your group early and start inviting group members.
The Civil War was one of the most compelling programs I ever watched on television . Burns' Civil War is an excellent example of how to create a compelling photo documentary from basic components. He made those photos come alive with a simple technique that panned across and zoomed into each photo. With The Civil War. He has turned the historical documentary into an art form. most of the visuals were drawn from historical photos documenting that war. Not only am I mesmerized by the story being told.The Photo Documentary Like many others. giving both movement and focus to a speciﬁc point or person. I am a huge fan of Ken Burns. That pan and zoom technique is now named for him . Mr. I'm impressed that he used such simple techniques to tell it. he included recent photos of historic sites. In addition to historical photos. The narrative included excerpts 52 . JAZZ and The National Parks.the Ken Burns effect.followed by Baseball. adding to the sense of place.
period music was used. In the background.effects that appear as the viewer moves from one slide to the next .and the pan and zoom effect that works so well for Ken Burns. To give it impact. sound effects and background music. He used these simple. We will include transitions . Burns' epics. The Circle B Ranch documents a short period in our family history when we were the most popular hangout in town because we had horses. Then there’s the narration. A simple documentary is basically a photo slideshow. but we do have many compelling stories of our own and this is a great way to bring them to life. We family historians can use these same elements to create our own photo documentaries. but elegant techniques to create an impressive history. we will add title slides to introduce our subject and to provide credits at the end. It combines precious photos with an adult’s analysis of a childhood memory to build a story. 53 .from personal letters and journals read by actors who made you feel the original authors were speaking. We may not want to tackle a project as large as Mr.
I use a headset because it’s useful for so many other tasks and. You can record your narration with almost any level microphone or headset.Before you begin building your documentary. the only tool you need besides a computer is a good microphone to use while recording your narration.00. since it is a multi-tasking tool. Actually. You have options . I found a good quality Plantronics headset online that I was able to get on sale for less than $50. First the tools. you will need some tools and to make a decision on what software to use.lots of options. I recommend choosing a good one. you’ll need some software. Next. start saving some money and watch for deals. Don’t feel you have to spend large sums of money just to get started. Here’s a look at some of your options. 54 . but if you decide you really like building multimedia documentaries.
you should be able to use it. like iMovie. Transitions. You can pull your images in from iPhoto.Probably the easiest is Photoshop Elements for Windows. This capability has been around for some time so even if you have an older version of Elements. set your transitions and effects and there’s a very nice collection of royalty-free background music you can easily include in your project. 55 . Windows users have Movie Maker. The Windows version uses its organizer component to create the slideshow from the images you’ve selected and allows you to include special effects (like the Ken Burns effect). Mac users will ﬁnd iMovie a great option. Adding narration and background music is also pretty straight-forward. background music and to record your narrative. Movie Maker basics are easy to learn and. You can also choose to use a pre-designed theme to provide these elements if you’re not ready to try doing them yourself. there’s a lot of whistles and bells if you want to take the time to learn them. in addition to creating title and credit slides. transitions. titles and credits offer lots of options. Adding narration is a breeze and. you can easily superimpose text over your photos or video clips.
you have complete control of the background and can include frames. Sometimes you get to choose that color. It allows for slide transitions. The trade-off is a limited number of production options for sharing your ﬁnished product. With video-based systems. With a presentation app. PowerPoint offers the PowerPoint Show that can be viewed using the free PowerPoint Viewer application (Windows only). A better option might be to take advantage of online slideshow-sharing platforms like Slideboom 56 . the app will ﬁll in the background with a color. recording narrations and background music. titles. special effects (called animations). There are several options for packaging your project to share with others. captions and other graphical elements to provide a consistent theme throughout the presentation.The presentation software found in your ofﬁce suite is also a great tool to build a documentary. This option has advantages when your images are different sizes and shapes. sometimes you don’t.
“audition” potential photos in the slide area and capture all my ideas. manage those mismatched photos and still take advantage of the video capabilities in your movie app. 57 . Your viewers will need to have QuickTime [Win & Mac] (a free download from Apple) to view it. A storyboard is a collection of sketches and notes used to visualize what you want your documentary to look like. a component of Apple’s iWork ’09 suite. This allows you to create a themed look for your documentary. Slideboom supports slides with included audio. I use it’s outline view to build my story. Once again. Keynote. All presentation apps offer an option to export the slides as JPEG images. Even a simple documentary like my Circle B Ranch requires planning to be successful.or SlideShare. can export the slideshow to a QuickTime movie as either a timed show where each slide is up for a speciﬁed duration or an interactive show where the viewer chooses when to change a slide. my presentation app is my tool of choice. but is a good way to choose which graphical elements will be used and where. production notes and later even write my script in the speaker notes area. but SlideShare does not. This not only helps you build your story's timeline.
and a better ﬁnished product. but I’ve found the hard way that advance planning just makes sense . changes are going to be a lot more time-consuming. but it’s much easier to make your changes and adjustments here.The storyboard takes time to develop and ﬁne-tune. Once your movie project is 70-80% complete. Click here to view the Circle B Ranch documentary at Vimeo 58 . I’ll be the ﬁrst to admit to an impulsive nature.
As soon as my sisters saw this on my desktop. I'll bet many of you still look at the manufacturer's default image every time you start up your computer.for the next ﬁve years before they married in 1913. Dolph died in 1921 so we never met him and this is one of the few photos we have of him. Not me! I love playing with my desktop. Here is a look at a desktop on my iMac. an opportunity to push a bit of history to your family. they had to have it for 59 . with a little effort. Changing the photo that's displayed on your desktop is very simple. But why stop there? Your desktop can be a great place to show off your latest scrapbooking creations and. It changes frequently . They met in 1908 and carried on a courtship mostly by mail .to celebrate a holiday or just enjoy a special photo. Lois and Dolph are my maternal grandparents.Desktop Wallpaper The computer desktop.
Why not build a collection of desktop graphics and put them someplace (Flickr maybe?) where your family can view and grab them as they choose. The main difference is the size of your project. things aren't so square on your desktop. I realized I might be onto something. but it's always good to keep your project as close to the actual size as possible.themselves. And. however. Hmmm. 60 . Your computer will do its best to resize an image to ﬁt your desktop. While most scrapbookers know that the minimum acceptable resolution for a decent photo print is 300 dpi (dots per inch). since we're talking about resolution. your screen is only 72 dpi. since it means your ﬁle sizes will be much smaller even when you pile on the layers. Look at the resolution properties for your display in System Preferences (Control Panel for Windows) to get the exact size of your screen. Creating a desktop is similar to building any scrapbook page. Windows desktops are a bit more difﬁcult to plan for because there are so many monitor and resolution options. your screen has a much lower resolution than projects you create to be printed. Most of us are used to the standard square sizes (8"x8" or 12"x12") used for paper scrapbooks. This is to your beneﬁt. As you'll notice.
The sky is the limit for design opportunities and today's bigger screens give you lots more real estate to exploit than with basic scrapbook pages.the Dock at the bottom and the folders on the right. 61 . I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. This gives me some extra ﬂexibility should this image be used on a smaller screen. Things like textured backgrounds help keep the composition interesting without competing with your regular desktop tools. you might even get them to clean up their desktops to make more room for your family masterpieces. Who knows. the left side is also pretty bare. While this example is pretty simple. in addition to generating interest in your family history. Since this desktop is being used for Windows machines too. Give it a try. nothing keeps you from including lots of captions and journaling to tell your story.You'll notice that I adjusted my layout around the stuff that normally resides on my desktop .
you can ﬁnd any number of Photoshop/Photoshop Elements templates for each month in the current year. This gives you the ﬂexibility to create a totally custom calendar if you are so inclined. If you want to make your own. 62 .Calendars Custom calendars are delightful gift ideas for families and great fund-raisers for societies.with additional bits of family history . And. Most print-on-demand services like Lulu. there’s no rule that says you can only use a photograph. you could generate interest in additional desktops .for each month. Options range from wall calendars to refrigerator magnets to desk calendars to desktop widgets. By adding a monthly calendar to the desktop project mentioned earlier. Most include a wizard that will walk you through the process of collecting the photos you want to use and assigning them to the appropriate month. family or special event in your family history. A scrapbook enthusiast could create a layout for each month celebrating a person. Blurb and Cafe Press along with many of the photo-sharing services offer multiple types and styles to suit any purpose. Desktop calendar widget using digital art created with calendar software.
much lower resolution than a normal digital camera. Trying to transmit a 10MB photo across a broadband connection takes lots of time so you can imagine the effort (and data transfer costs) across a mobile phone connection. For the family historian . these photos are . we are limited in what we can do with these photos. enjoying some ice cream. For a mother of four. . a camera phone that can capture and email a photo in two quick steps is the tool of choice.Photo Art This is our granddaughter.and will probably continue to be . it's a wonderful gift that brightens our day. . We get to enjoy this delightful moment because her mother is never far away from her camera phone and regularly captures little events like this. For the grandparents who receive these precious pictures in our mailbox. Cecilia. While camera phone technology is improving. 63 . not so much. As a result.
Once it ﬁnished. chose the style I wanted (chalk sketch for this project) and it did the painting for me.One way around these limitations is to do what I did and turn the photo into photo art. I then printed it on iron-on transfer paper and ironed it onto one of those cheap canvas boards (cardboard with canvas glued to it). I opened the photo. This portrait ﬁle could easily be printed on 11" x 17" if I had the capability.it only prints letter/legal sized paper. poster or sketch in a few quick steps. I gave the original black and white photo a sepia effect and added a matte effect to create the oval frame. This is a small (6" x 8") board so I was able to get two copies of the photo printed 64 . The photo that once could only be printed at "wallet" size is now a portrait printed on watercolor paper. I did some quick cleanup and it was ready to go. This can turn less-than-perfect photos into family treasures. Most offer ﬁlters and effects which will turn your photo into a painting. chances are good you already have the tools to get started. And. the size limit is my printer . Now. It can also turn a simple photo into a special gift. if you already own a photo editing application. Not all photo art requires great photo-editing skills or software. Our new family treasure was created with Corel’s Painter Essentials 4 [Win and Mac]. This next piece was created using only the simple editor in iPhoto [Mac].
Years later. A few simple adjustments and the second try became a gift for my sister (the little beauty on the left). Since each set ! contained 10 cards. Photo art can be an inexpensive way to create a personal gift that will not soon be forgotten. This example was the ﬁrst try. As a result. gives the result a grunge effect that adds even more interest to the piece. 65 .on one sheet of transfer paper. she quickly rearranged them so each set had 10 different photo cards inside.00 each. One artistic family member ordered 10 sets of notecards from one of the online photoprocessing sites using a different photo for each set. I'm still talking about that gift. The imperfections of the iron-on process. combined with the roughness of the canvas. she had 10 delightful gifts at a cost of approximately $8. You can see the line at the top of the board where the edge of the transfer paper left a mark.
where do you ﬁnd inspiration? Start with the software publishers. Most include howto areas offering all kinds of ideas with instructions. 66 . you'll be even more amazed at how easy many of them are.So. The scrapbooking magazines are full of ideas and there’s a growing number of digital scrapbooking designers who also provide instructional videos and tutorials at their sites. Even better. you'll be pleasantly surprised to see how much your family and friends will love your efforts. You'll be amazed at the number of ways you can turn a simple photo into a work of art. Most of all.
but my platform of preference is digital scrapping.Multimedia Scrapbooks I’m the ﬁrst to admit I’m a scrapbooking fool. you won’t ﬁnd audio and video included in many paper scrapbooks. For the more adventurous. It lets me share my creations online by embedding the scrapbook on my blog or linking to it from Twitter or Facebook. my word processing application. These platforms make it easy to build your memories. I want mine to be more like an A Scrapblog scrapbook 67 . I use the Memory Mixer [Win & Mac] app to build greeting cards. becomes a scrapbooking platform when used in layout mode. While many scrapbook pages focus on photos and titles. photo albums and even multimedia presentations. After all. Another favorite is the online Scrapblog app. you can use image editors like Photoshop Elements [Win & Mac] Paint Shop Pro [Win] and Pixelmator [Mac] to build from scratch. Even Pages.
illustrated book. You can purchase the digital versions of papers and embellishments or make your own using your family heirlooms. titles and journaling. A Memory Mixer scrapbook 68 . Many of today’s scrapbooking applications also provide services to turn your scrapbook into a printed book. Digital scrapbooking can be as simple or as complex as you want. You can use a design kit where all you do is drop in photos and add captions. a video DVD or a digital movie to post at a video-sharing site. Pages gives me the text support I need and still lets me layer graphic elements for a scrapbook effect. Experiment with your options and see which is right for you.
Nook or iPad . Samuel Albert Link. While I do have my grandmother’s copies of both volumes. While most of my projects are too graphical for the ePub format. Pioneers of Southern Literature.Building an eBook eBooks . Imagine my delight to ﬁnd digital copies available at Internet Archive! The scanned book looks just like my copy and is beautifully displayed in their online reader.books designed to be read online or using a device like the Kindle.have exploded in popularity. it will support the inclusion of photos and graphics. They also offered an ePub version which would allow me to carry the book with me anytime I wished. What a delight! Or not. was considered an authority on 19th century Southern literature. My great grandfather. this could be a good way to share it. but complex formatting like tables and charts are still quite a challenge. because they are family treasures I keep them safely tucked away to preserve them. This format works well for the publication that is mostly text. One look at the text made me realize this book would be almost impossible to read. Yes. He wrote a twovolume book. I do have several family treasures that could be digitized and shared this way. If your family history project is mostly text. 69 .
As we all know. The lines don’t word-wrap and there are issues where the OCR software doesn’t recognize characters. an open source WYSIWYG editor for building and editing books in ePub format. I recently stumbled upon Sigil [Windows. It doesn’t have writing tools like spelling. Sigil is a layout and design editor. not a word processor. you never really learn how to use something until you actually have to complete a project. I’ve installed it on my Mac and from what I’ve seen and what the manual tells me.The original book had been scanned then OCRd to convert the scanned pages to text before using an automated script to convert the text to the various ebook formats provided at the archive. The original printed book is quite small with each line of text just over 2″ wide – more like a newspaper column than a book page.and grammar-checking or dictionary/thesaurus access that we all use daily. There’s lots of hyphenation and each header and page number from each printed page is embedded in the text. I took on building a clean digital edition of Professor Link’s book as my learning project. Mac & Linux]. it looks like it should be easy to create my own ebooks. The word processor is still the primary tool for writing and editing any 70 . None of this leads to a pleasant e-reading experience. So.
style sheets and a couple of special conﬁguration ﬁles all zipped up into one ePub package. there is a signiﬁcant cleanup effort. but a little basic knowledge will be helpful. No. 71 .family history. You may not be aware that an ePub book is basically a series of HTML ﬁles along with their associated images. replacing characters the OCR didn’t read correctly and correcting format problems. I copy/pasted the text into my word processing application and I worked my way through the text: removing headers and page numbers. Once all the writing and editing is ﬁnished. graphics. then you’re ready to use Sigil to build your ebook. I was ready to import the text into Sigil. Once done. If the end goal is a print edition. you may also use your word processor as your layout editor. This was quite tedious. Your e-reader application or device unzips everything. Although this project doesn’t call for any writing on my part. reads the conﬁguration ﬁle (called a manifest) to determine what goes where and then presents the results on your screen. you don’t need to be an HTML expert to build an ebook with Sigil.
The book is built in sections. fonts and other miscellaneous ﬁles. The formatting you see associated with the heading. I have created a style sheet titled main.css to provide some basic styling for my text. Sigil automatically builds the book structure for you. so I’ll need to add them myself. images. Right now I have four sections in this project. Sigil gives sections a default name. there are folders for the text ﬁles. The ﬁrst is the book’s title page and the others are chapters. style sheets. verse and paragraphs comes from this style sheet ﬁle. Sigil doesn’t provide any style sheets. Style sheets contain formatting instructions similar to the styles used in word processing applications. It’s easy to maneuver and perform the necessary formatting tasks to develop the book’s 72 . Sigil offers both a visual view (shown here) with formatting tools and an HTML view. As you can see in the left sidebar.When you create a new book project. The primary difference is that the style information is maintained in a separate ﬁle. but I renamed them to better describe their contents.
It’s not necessary to use an app like Sigil to produce an ePub book.epub ﬁle.layout. then Sigil is a great tool to build a hand-crafted book. Most publishing services will do the conversion for you. 73 . all these ﬁles are saved and compressed into a . you want a custom look for your book. Sigil will add the image ﬁle to the to the Images folder so it will become part of the book’s package. however. This is the package ﬁle that most e-reader apps and devices can read. If. When you save your project in Sigil. When you insert an image into the text.
74 . The glare in this photo comes from a table lamp reﬂecting off the painting itself. In addition. there are some very nice portraits that have been handed down through the generations. it can also be used to create copies of treasured paintings. The biggest challenge is digitizing the artwork. It will just require more time.Treasured Art My family has been blessed with some talented artists who have left us several interesting pieces. You’ll need a way to provide good diffused light to get the best image. Just as digitization technology has made it possible to share copies of heirloom photos and documents. Framed paintings are a challenge to photograph especially those framed with glass. You can’t use your camera’s ﬂash as it will create a glare on the painting. Your best option may be to pay a professional photographer to do it for you. effort and money.
Several printing services specialize in printing digital art on watercolor paper and even canvas. you have many options. A coffee table book of the family collection not only provides images of each piece.Once the artwork is digitized. 75 . Another option is to create full-sized copies from high-quality digital images. it can also tell the stories associated with them. Some even provide giclee prints which add the texture of the brushstrokes to the digital copy.
Augustine National Cemetery by historian Robert Hawk in the late 1980s. the Huguenot Cemetery Guide. I’ll use my current cemetery project. newspaper clippings and other memorabilia. that index was able to document many wooden markers that no longer exist. When his research gave him a story about an individual. His guide is a cross between a simple cemetery inventory and a scrapbook. The basis of my Huguenot Cemetery project is an inventory taken in 1892. less than a decade after the cemetery’s closing. easily update the project and publish a new edition. Now we can publish what we have and later. My inspiration is a guide created for the St.The Living Book of the Dead Thanks to the beneﬁts of digital publishing. when our research provides more detail. family historians don’t have to wait until they have all the details before publishing a family history project.it was created with a typewriter and copy service . he presented the story along with unit insignia. To make my point. The technical aspects of the publication leave a lot to be desired . In 1998. Although there were many unmarked graves even then.but the content is fascinating. Florence Mitchell wrote a history of the cemetery and spent hours 76 .
sketches and diagrams I want. My guide project begins by reorganizing that inventory list into something more manageable and incorporating the photos I’ve taken in the cemetery. but allows me to include all the photos. a guide such as I envision will take years to complete. I want to include more than just names. Many of the people buried in this cemetery made signiﬁcant contributions to the early American history of Florida during the territorial and early statehood years. And. there’s no extra cost for images or color. dates and inscriptions. If all I wanted to present was an inventory. But. Of course. adding signiﬁcantly to the 1892 list. There’s too many stories here to settle for just a simple inventory. Anyone can view and download it. Once that step is done and I’ve included a 77 . Since I’m publishing electronically. An electronic document published online not only gives me worldwide reach. clippings. I transcribed the 1892 inventory and published it on Scribd. I want something that’s available far beyond local library shelves.collecting burial records from local church rolls. that doesn’t mean it has to wait that long to be published. although the best is a single typed copy “bound” in a 3-ring notebook at the local historical society’s research library. Several months ago. there’s already several good ones available.
All I have to do is include a note that this is a new edition and describe what has been added. Since many of the gravestones came from Charleston and even farther north. but there will be many more.basic history of the cemetery. Interested readers can subscribe to my Scribd proﬁle and be notiﬁed when I publish new or updated content. publishing a new edition is as simple as uploading the ﬁle. From there I’ll incorporate the burial rolls from church records. 78 . As additional content is added. Scribd archives the older version and replaces it with the new. Then I’ll start working on individual histories of the people buried here. there are some interesting possibilities there too. I’ve already done some sketches for my Graveyard Rabbits site. I’ll publish the ﬁrst edition of my guide.
79 . And. With luck. even better. maps and diagrams are added. it will be readily available online to anyone interested. biographical sketches. growing and changing regularly as new research. it will attract other researchers who can add their parts of the puzzle giving it even more value. images.This book of the dead will be a living document.
I must thank the amazing footnoteMaven for all her inspiration and encouragement. but he indulges me in my obsession and I love him all the more for it.Acknowledgements No project . First. None of this would be possible without the family and friends who created the stories I tell in my projects.family history or otherwise .happens in a vacuum. This book owes much to the family and friends who have inspired many of the projects presented here. My dear husband has put up with weeks of “the book” without complaint. These extraordinary ordinary people have made my life very special and are a 80 . Readers of her Shades of the Departed magazine will recognize the title and several projects from my column there. It’s such an honor to be a part of this talented group of people with Maven encouraging and gently keeping us focused on the details and deadlines. My fascination with dead relatives is still a mystery to him.
but also as vibrant personalities. with Fletch and Typical Writer for headings. Memory Mixer and Designer Digitals.constant source of inspiration. My goal is to document their lives not just as vital records. Several of the examples use scrapbook elements from Scrapblog. Technical Support This book was constructed using Apple’s Pages word processing application with a combination of iPhoto and Photoshop Elements for image editing. The font used for the text is Optima. The cover graphic uses Scriptina. 81 . Rocketeer and One Fell Swoop fonts.
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