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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
1 . It provides an overview of the technologies. I’ve created a resource section for this book online at the Moultrie Creek Gazette . it’s quite likely that platforms and services discussed in the book will change. Because technology is constantly changing. you’ll ﬁnd portions of text displayed in blue. Throughout the book. 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. These are hyperlinks which will take you to a web site with additional information. How these links actually appear will depend on the reader application you are using.my web site. services and software you can use to create your own family history projects. Stop by the Book Notes resource page and see for yourself.How to Use This Book This book is an idea book. To best deal with that.
2 . I want to tell my family’s story in a way that keeps both my research cousins and my genealogy-challenged cousins interested. because much of it was typed on a typewriter with the photo pages pulled together in a copy center. I not only want my publication to be attractive and easy to read with lots of photos and images. It took years of research and writing effort to create and is full of detailed information going back nine generations. It’s a gold mine for a genealogist. And. there is no index and it’s difﬁcult to ﬁnd speciﬁc content. but for most everyone else it’s an effort to get beyond the photo section. I want to include all the technical components like documented sources and bibliographies.Introduction One of my prized possessions is a family history of my Link family.
I want to change that. it has always been secondary to the images and design. My goal is to document my family history in new and interesting ways that combine writing. present and future. While journaling is an important scrapbooking component. 3 . It not only draws the eye to the focus image. we’re taking advantage of any tools available to document our own memories. design and multimedia elements to create a compelling story that will keep my family’s interest yet provide the detail my research cousins require.I’m an avid fan of digital scrapbooking and I love the artistic quality of a beautifully designed page. In addition to documenting the lives of our ancestors. but it can also give a sense of time and place through the use of design elements. This book celebrates those memories .past. we are also documenting today’s family. because our lives are so fastpaced. And.
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. Maybe you would prefer creating a photo documentary to writing a formal history. There are no design rules for your family story and thanks to today’s technology. Tell it your way. generation or location at a time. Digital publishing gives you a growing list of opportunities to express 4 . Today. there are many affordable options. but you’re still not ready to commit to writing THE family history. writing a formal family history is no longer your only option. You’ve spent hours on your research. It’s your story.
It discusses the skills needed to create production-ready projects and suggests resources to help you get started. 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. 5 .your creativity and share your heritage in ways that will generate more than a nod and yawn from your family. Digital cameras that record video as well as still photos allow us to capture those precious moments and share them with others.
there’s an digital publishing 6 . 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. They can move through the presentation at their own speed and follow links to different sections that attract their interest. 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. Just as interesting . Also supported under the umbrella of digital publishing are interactive multimedia presentations.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. now viewers can do more than just watch. 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.
option to ﬁt your plans. print on demand services can support family functions like reunions. cards. they connect to any number of other services for specialty items. 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. Since you create the designs yourself. anniversaries and other get-togethers with custom memorabilia like signs. Thanks to this technology. From Flickr. you can send your family to framed prints to posters. On the fun side. buttons. 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. coffee mugs. all kinds of apparel and other gift items. there are no upfront design costs and you order only the quantity you want. family historians also have the ability to create high-quality copies of heirloom photos and art pieces to share with other family members. the photo-sharing platform. In addition. mugs. They have many other (smaller) specialty items too. They also provide a storefront where users can sell their creations. Let’s take a look at some of them to see what they offer the family historian. provides a simple interface where users can easily order prints from any photo. 7 . CafePress has just about everything. Print on Demand Print on demand sits at the bottom of the digital publishing collection. papers and canvas and offers many matting and framing options. caps and tee shirts. Better yet. but has many uses to the family historian.
The service determines the cost per copy based on size. To sweeten the pot.the service’s web site to order their own memorabilia . MyPublisher has the online book choices for book size and type. Blurb. magazine or newsletter – and have it printed at whatever quantity you desire with no up-front costs.com. The service provides the storefront. many of these services also provide a storefront where you can advertise your publications for sale. You only pay for the number you buy. These services offer several size and binding options with something that ﬁts every budget. but their designer is quite easy to use.relieving you of at least one worry in your event planning efforts. Although more focused on photo boo -based Blurb does also provide options for text kes it books. 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. fewest MyPublisher. ks. you can create a publication – book. binding type. Their free Booksmart software ma ny design easy to build your book using their ma layouts. Publishing on Demand Thanks to a growing number of online services. no problem. prints and ships the orders and sends you a royalty check each month. handles the sales transactions. If you only want one copy. 8 . This service offers the most size and Members options in both color or black and white. You’ll only pay for one copy. B&W or color printing and number binding Lulu.
iPad. a growing number are read either on a computer or with a portable device like the Kindle. technical skills and budget. Others allow you total freedom to design your own layouts. PDF provides a standard for distributing documents with all layout and formatting features intact regardless of the software originally 9 . proof-reading and layout/design support are also available. Today. Fee-based services for editing. Which service you use will depend on your publication needs. Nook or other electronic book reader. 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).of pages. Electronic Books While many electronic books are designed to be printed. You then choose how much markup to add to calculate your retail price. Many software user guides and a growing number of reports and business publications are distributed this way.
Most other readers use the ePub format. making it easier to ﬁnd speciﬁc content and navigate through large documents. it’s not well-suited for a family history full of charts. you can download one for free at the Adobe web site.used to create it. Readers only need a freely distributed reader application to view the document. Books designed to only be read on an electronic device come in a number of different formats. 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. And. DOC and the most common image formats. These features are especially useful for reference books. but the newest model can also read PDF. diagrams and photos. While this will work well for novels and general non-ﬁction. if you don’t have a reader. Most computers come with reader software already installed. Amazon’s Kindle reader use a proprietary format. 10 . Although the ePub format supports images. HTML. A growing number of e-book readers also support PDF. PDF also supports hyperlinks and text searching. In addition to maintaining formats and images.
A blog is an easy-to-use online platform for writing and publishing articles. Offers a growing collection of Internet Archives. Google Books is probably the most familiar. like Slideshare. Blogging Many in the genealogy community have already discovered the joys of blogging. audio and 11 . A co mprehensive source for public domain book s and open source audiobooks. Other platforms. Blogs support text.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. Scribd. form where users can post publica tions and a storefront to sell your work. Google Books. Upload an d share PowerPoint presentations and othe r documents. provide for sharing presentations. Family historians have used blogs to document their research efforts as well as to write their stories. A growing number of these libraries support usersubmitted publications. The advantages are many. The Internet Archive offers both a browser-based reader as well as providing downloads in popular e-reader formats. books and periodicals. Scribd offers both an open area to share publications and a storefront where writers can sell their works. Offers both an open plat Slideshare. images.
this bunch can be found online at the Genea-Bloggers site (www. this free platform is easy to use. Here you’ll ﬁnd writing prompts. Blogger. As a result. there is a large and active online impressive feature set. Posterous is a mini-blog platform that is easy to use and posts/photos can be sent from computers and mobile devices. 12 . research tips and lots of conversation. Not only does maintaining a genealogy blog improve your research efforts. your writing skills improve and you gain conﬁdence as your family history builds itself . but will grow with you as your gain experience.geneabloggers.video giving your stories added dimension. Known as genea-bloggers. One very nice advantage of maintaining a family history blog is it is very search-friendly. It’s not unusual for a family blog to attract research cousins and create opportunities to share information with others studying your ancestors. community of genealogy and family history fanatics. Tumblr is another mini-blog with an Thanks to blogging. WordPress. Another Google property.com provides a free level along with additional at-cost features.com) or at the Genea-Bloggers group on Facebook. many bloggers are ﬁnding it’s a lot less intimidating to write a short story than tackle a complete family history.one story at a time.
text journaling. Scrapblog offers g or web site. display the presentation on your blo 13 . Although not a place to upl video ook with you can build a multimedia scrapb embed codes to and host it there. Offers both standard and hig t large n por to sup videos.Multimedia Presentations Multimedia combines text with images. oad videos. Scrapblog. audio and video clips to build a multi-dimensional presentation. it should be RootsTelevision. The results can then be distributed online or by DVD to expand their reach. eo-sharin YouTube. Submit your vid ealogy presentations to share with the gen community. These provide a facility to include images. Probably the best known vid platform. g h-deﬁnitio Vimeo. audio and video components along with all the graphical elements that make scrapbooks so popular. collections and longer video y. These can range from simple slideshows displayed on a computer screen or digital frame to movies with music and narration. If it’s family histor eo on RootsTelevision. Another form of multimedia presentations is the digital scrapbook. Choose the pro ($) account presentations.
then order and pay for only the number of copies you want. 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. digital publishing services seldom require upfront costs or a minimum purchase. Some publishing platforms do provide additional fee-based services like editorial and design support which you can choose to use if you so desire. 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. 14 . If you are taking advantage of the service’s storefront feature.
With cost removed as a factor. Not only can you build the sections at your own speed. And. Unlike those print documents. It’s hard to get that kind of reach for a print-only publication. a digital document posted on an obscure web site has immediate world-wide visibility. my goal is to tell the story of my ancestors. We all know that the research never ends. Consider your family history as a loose-leaf notebook and each of those “micro-histories” as tabbed sections.Visibility Many published genealogies can be found in their local historical society’s library. when posted on digital publishing platforms. Some even make it to the Library of Congress. these same documents are immediately available through all the major search engines. 15 . but thanks to digital publishing we can now choose to publish our family histories as a series of short pieces. you have more ways to present your family history. Incremental Publishing As a family historian. it’s a lot easier to update a section when new research warrants.
voice narrations and even music to create a multimedia presentation. Control Your publication is your creation . words and images.Rich Content Thanks to the explosion of portable reading devices and price reductions in digital storage devices (external disk drives). Not only is it easier to store.your research. 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. we can include hyperlinks to navigate within the document or to content outside the publication. You can include video clips. You decide the size and binding options. many of us now prefer an electronic publication to a printed one. publications created properly are also searchable – allowing us to quickly ﬁnd speciﬁc information. As digital publishers. layout and design elements and so on. there’s no extra cost to publish an digital document in color. Digital publications let you go way beyond searchable text and hyperlinks. And. you can. color options. You choose the platform 16 .
17 . You are in total control of your publication.for publishing and distributing your work. you can choose to take advantage of your digital tools. yet still create a hand-crafted product. it's not unreasonable to consider your efforts unique. You set the price. 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.
Tackling them for the ﬁrst time two days before your publishing deadline is an invitation for disaster. art director. cover designer and marketing director for your project. no one is personally holding your hand through the entire creation and publishing process. Features like index and table of contents generation are not difﬁcult to learn. but will take some effort and practice to use them successfully.Disadvantages Minimal support Although most of the apps and services used to create digital publications provide an abundance of self-help information. 18 . many will need to learn several additional features to create documents for publication. This can be an intimidating prospect. while most of us are familiar with basic word processing skills. editor. You are the writer. And.
and limits viewing to speciﬁc machines or devices .but as the music industry is discovering. it’s quite easy to forward a digital copy of a journal or newsletter to others. Reality is. if someone wants to steal your work. this only irritates the honest people who paid for the product. Today’s publishing options give you more choices and you decide which of those works for you. 19 . but with today’s technology it’s just as easy to scan and share a paper copy too. they will ﬁnd a way to do it. Yes. The bad guys already have a way around those controls.Digital Rights Management Some authors and society editors are concerned that digital publications are a license to steal. You could publish in a format that supports digital rights management controls .
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
While you are writing your history. your spelling and your grammar. Once written. charts. magazine clippings and other current publications you want to keep but have no room to store the printed copies. you take on a new role – layout technician. an 24 . bookmarks. document scanners have gained popularity for quickly digitizing society journals and newsletters. writing is one task while layout is another. Here’s where you start working to make your publication look good and include elements like ﬁgures. papers and documents that make up your personal archive. you are concerned with the organization of your story. Word Processing Software A good word processing application supports both your writing and layout efforts. Let’s take a quick look at the difference. You’ll want quick access to reference material like a dictionary and thesaurus. Don’t forget you are also documenting your family’s current history. A digital camera that takes both still photos and video is a must for capturing those special moments for future generations. They make scanning an open page in a book a simple task. footnotes. While a ﬂat-bed scanner is the best option for the fragile photos. Yes.and can go with you to the library.
Why? All PDF and ebook readers include both linking and search functionality. It’s 25 . when you publish digitally .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. Not all word processors provide the tools you will need so be sure to check before you spend your money. 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.it’s a waste of time and effort.
The gold standard for PDF creation is Acrobat from Adobe . Fortunately there are affordable alternatives. PDF Creation Tools Since the portable document format (PDF) has become such a universal standard for sharing documents. 26 .org. Mac & Linux] and most commercial DTP software also offer PDF creation capabilities.the company that created PDF. Mac users have PDF creation built into the operating system.and more affordable . Lotus Symphony and WordPerfect . A growing number of ofﬁce suites OpenOfﬁce. Unfortunately Acrobat doesn’t ﬁt into many family historian’s budgets. it’s become much easier .include PDF creation within their applications.much faster for a reader to pop up the search box from anywhere in the book than to navigate to and through an index. Open source desktop publishing (DTP) applications such as Scribus [Win.to convert documents to PDF.
your image editor can also be used to create multimedia slide shows or photo books from your collection. This same software will be used to prepare those images for use in your projects. Some.from any application . Photo Editing Software Photos are an integral part of any family historian’s research. It will ask you to enter a ﬁle name for the PDF ﬁle and then save the results. install a virtual printer on your computer.you print the document to the PDFCreator “printer”. like the free PDFCreator [Win] application. restore and organize old family photos and documents.Many of these applications provide a command or button to initiate the conversion process. Basic image editing features needed to support your publishing effort include: ❖ Cropping ❖ Resizing ❖ Straightening 27 . Most historians already have some kind of image editing software to help them scan. To convert a document . In some cases.
While capturing digital audio isn’t difﬁcult. Most home computers come with easy-to-use movie editing applications giving us all the tools to create our own family documentaries. Just about every computer includes some kind of movie-making application so it costs nothing to experiment. editing can be a bit of a challenge. photos. it also 28 . Combine those apps with today’s scrapbooking software and you have everything you need to create an interactive presentation containing video. it’s actually not only easy but fun too. Although it sounds a bit intimidating.❖ Adjusting brightness & contrast ❖ Adjusting color ❖ Photo organization Multimedia Tools Most of today’s digital cameras support both still photo and video capture. giving us the ability to create rich multimedia presentations. Applications like Apple’s iDVD not only let you build a DVD of movies with a menu that will function on any DVD player. text and links. voice.
allows for the addition of other digital ﬁles. You can order however many copies you want and make the book available for others to purchase their own copies. You can download their free BookSmart software which offers dozens of 29 . that content will be available when the DVD is viewed on a computer.lulu. If you’re considering sales beyond your family and friends. Publishing Services Lulu [http://www. 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.com] is one of the best known print-ondemand/publishing platforms. It offers a full range of publishing support from basic do-it-yourself wizards to any number of editorial. its storefront makes it easy to share or sell your book with others. Blurb [http://www. Although those ﬁles cannot be viewed on your television.com] focuses on the photo book. In addition. Lulu provides services that will get your book into catalogs such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. layout and marketing support services.blurb.
Anyone can create a free account and begin uploading documents to share with others. 30 . You can upload your printready PDF ﬁle and go from there. One of my favorite features is the blog book.page layout templates so you can drop in your photos.scribd. then move on to the next page until your book is complete. 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. add backgrounds and decorative elements. 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. You can export selected blog posts to BookSmart and build a custom book. Scribd [http://www. Do you prefer to do your own design? No problem. enter descriptive text. this is a great way to pull it all together.
Scribd’s social side . Scribd also makes it easy for you to announce new documents you publish via Facebook and Twitter.makes it easy to connect with others.scanned documents. 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. You can subscribe to other users and their latest additions are announced in your reading feed. 31 .more like a book club than a library . Some are even taking advantage of Scribd’s storefront to generate revenue from this archival content.
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. The book’s binding is disintegrating and many of the pages are now loose. showing the affection and respect she enjoyed in her community. 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. 32 .
Several people downloaded copies and I had a few printed to give to older family members and the local historical society. Not only does Lulu offer both print and download options. but after a few months there was no further activity for this booklet at Lulu.The book was created using OpenOfﬁce. While it doesn’t offer a print option (except to print on your local printer). 33 . After adding a cover and exporting everything to PDF. I added a short biography written by my cousin and the only photo I have of Miss Kate. then inserted into the booklet document. I uploaded the result to Lulu.org’s Writer app and Photoshop Elements. Recently I moved the document to the Scribd platform. it’s much easier for search engines to ﬁnd – thanks in part to the social links it provides to Facebook and Twitter. My images were cropped and re-sized. they provide the storefront that allows family and friends to order and download their copies without having to go through me ﬁrst.
so in 2006 we were ready for an update and a much larger printing. The layout took advantage of WordPerfect’s booklet feature to create 5½ by 8½ inch pages. and letterhead and were manually transcribed into WordPerfect. The ﬁrst edition was created using WordPerfect. notebook paper. though. We've added more in-laws and out-laws and lots of good cooks.of their own. things were a lot different. This time. children have grown up and now have families – and special dishes . The booklet setup let me print two pages per sheet in a format that was collated for copying front and back. Recipes came in on note cards. We have produced two editions in our family and are discussing a third. 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. Once the copies were 34 . a copy machine and a lot of late hours at the binding machine in my ofﬁce.Family Cookbook If you are looking for a challenge.
but easy. so all I need is to collect and add new ones. then punch and bind it. I added family photos and captions. has a sophisticated Cookbook Builder platform that allows me to 35 . MacGourmet Deluxe. Lulu notiﬁed me that the cookbook had been picked up by Amazon for sale there. then formatted it to the size and style I wanted.done and the sheets were cut. cookbook applications were just beginning to offer publishing capabilities and mine gave me a text ﬁle with the recipes organized into the proper categories. Timeconsuming and tedious.org’s Writer app. Family members bought their own copies and some to share with friends. The result was converted to PDF and uploaded to Lulu for printing and sale. not become a cookbook sensation. we used cookbook software to collect and organize the recipes. add the covers. it was relatively easy to pull each booklet together. At the time. The next edition will also be managed using cookbook software. That’s when the real fun began. My goal was to create a family keepsake. I haven’t had any sales. but then I haven’t made an attempt to market it either. For the second edition. About a year later. The previous recipes are already in it. Using Photoshop Elements and OpenOfﬁce. Submissions arrived by email and thumb drives and were then copy/pasted into the software. My current application.
create my own chapters. If not. chances are good that some of my family members may also want a recipe data ﬁle as well as a published cookbook. These allow you to collect and organize your recipes at your online account. Take advantage of family events. email requests and other versions of arm-twisting to collect both current and heirloom recipes. Our family is lucky to have cooks who tucked notes in published cookbooks. newsletters. then click the button to publish. because MacGourmet also offers an iPhone version of the app. Cookbook software isn’t your only option. add photos. wrote in the margins and even a 36 . MacGourmet will generate a PDF ﬁle that can be sent to Lulu for printing. There are several online cookbook-building platforms available too. drag and drop recipes where I want them and then include additional text and image pages to build a custom publication. Once construction is complete. The toughest part of a family cookbook is collecting the recipes. I have already been experimenting with the various formatting options the software offers to see if one does everything I want. I can always export it as a text ﬁle and hand-craft the layout and formatting myself. And. Each recipe record has a ﬁeld for a photo and nothing says it has to be a photo of the dish. choose a size and theme.
” is often heard when a great dish shows up at a family dinner. It’s also a lot of fun. color and alignment for every title in your cookbook. it also makes it easy to experiment. this feature allowed 37 . 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. This will not only insure your formatting is uniform throughout your publication. “This goes into the next cookbook.few who wrote out recipe cards. size. On our second edition cookbook. The ﬁrst of those is styles. If you change a style. It’s a challenge to track them all down. A style is a collection of formatting commands. every item assigned that style will be automatically updated. Instead of manually changing the font. there are several features that will help you tremendously.
You’ll have stress enough as your deadline looms. all you do is click the button to regenerate it for you. If your project’s headings and sub-headings are styled. Styles are also the basis of the automatic table of contents generation feature. should your editing change the publication’s pagination. And. Since these features aren’t everyday functions. the table of contents generator will collect them and their page numbers for you.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. 38 .
It's a beautifully illustrated book created in the style of the 1950s. What makes it special is its ability 39 .Baby Book I still have mine and it's full of the most delightful information. What moms need these days to document their newborns are smart phones with cameras . For one thing. there’s not a single photo in it.something that will always be nearby to capture the magic moments of babyhood. It documents things like when I smiled my ﬁrst smile. it's easy to capture and share all kinds of family events. Now that’s all ﬁne and dandy for keeping family and friends up-to-date. but how will you keep all this information so future generations can enjoy it too? Consider a digital journal. It reminds me who my God-parents were.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). 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. it's still quite sparse. Combined with social platforms like Facebook. New moms . got my ﬁrst tooth and spoke my ﬁrst words. what gifts I received and who gave them.
Want to pull it all together later? Consider a blog book via Blurb. Platforms like Posterous and Tumblr make it easy to post photos. Both offer both public and private options for your blog. Although it doesn't currently have a desktop version. there is a text/photo export option available. YouTube and more) so you can collect all that content without duplicating your efforts. video and journal entries from your phone or desktop . the not-so-techie members of the family can be set up as email subscribers to receive updates via email. In addition. And.both as commenters and as contributors. 40 . A baby or family blog is another great way to capture and share special moments. 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. these blog platforms are great ways for all members of the family to participate .to import your content from a number of social media sites (Facebook. Flickr. with Posterous.usually as simple as sending an email. Because they are email-easy. Foursquare.
there were a couple of 41 . Shops and services focused on the tourists’ dollars are available right into Christmas Eve. This was a perfect solution for us – someone who would be open when our group was available and offering some entertainment in the process.Family Portrait This project doesn’t involve digital publishing or any other kind of tech. which was still a novelty at that time. One of these services is the “old-tyme” photo business. how are we going to get everyone to to sit for a formal photograph? Fortunately for us. a formal family photo. These photographers provide all kinds of fun costumes and props to create portraits with a vintage look. Augustine is a tourist destination that is quite busy during the Christmas holidays. There were all kinds of functions planned to keep everyone busy throughout the holiday. St. 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. Several years back we were organizing an unusually large Christmas gathering. First. Sure. One request. Family would be coming from all parts of the country for a long Christmas weekend. was a challenge. where are we going to ﬁnd a photographer available during the holidays? Second.
This attracted a lot of attention – and even more business for the photographer. On the ﬂip side. 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. It’s my favorite. there were lots of requests for another family 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. He was right. We promised him a minimum purchase amount since we would be using up much more time than a simple couple or family shot takes. The photo you see here is not THE portrait. Our family portrait was so much fun that the next time we expected a large holiday group. We found a photographer with a studio big enough for our crowd and who would schedule us for early Christmas Eve afternoon. but one of the out-takes. 42 .folks that had to be pushed a bit to participate.
The original rules dictated that each entry must be built from found items .and is now called the Caroline Cup in her honor. The regatta began with my Aunt Caroline and the ﬁrst one took place in her pool. Over the last 20 years. Our regatta takes place in a swimming pool and each of the entries .calling some of them boats is a real stretch of the imagination . That would not be our regatta. the regatta was rescheduled to become The ﬂip-ﬂop ﬂeet 43 . 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. A box fan was placed at one end of the pool and the ﬁrst vessel to touch the far end won.Home Movies Updated The thought of a regatta conjures up visions of sleek yachts with huge sails billowing in the wind. The regatta continued sporadically for several years and was often held at Christmas. it has become a family tradition.otherwise known as trash. The inaugural winner was beautifully engineered from a foam butcher’s tray used to hold hamburger. but since Caroline’s death it has become an annual affair . Although originally a Christmas event.is home-built.
Wonderful and Psycho Turkey as memorable winners. Being located in a less congested area has also allowed us to add a power class to the mix. We’re good at capturing those “vital” events such as births. Propulsion systems have included rubber bands. That also includes current family history. The regatta entertains young and old alike and serves as a great ice-breaker for those attending their ﬁrst big family affair. compressed air. I do have photos of the 44 . Although the ﬁrst regatta took place in 1992. various forms of ﬁreworks. CO2 and. To those who never met her. A prize for style was added with The Barbie Barge. Mr. Preserving the Record Family historians are responsible for capturing and preserving the family record. we can pass on much more than just records to the generations that follow us. it’s an entertaining way to learn a bit of family history. weddings and deaths. of course.a Thanksgiving tradition. this tradition is a way to keep her close to our hearts. To those of us who knew and loved Caroline. I didn’t start seriously documenting it until 2001. 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 started experimenting with video in recent years. but nothing in-between. I want photos and video of both the people and their boats. If I can con someone else to do the same from a different angle. As my camera quality improved. I don’t even qualify as a talented amateur in either photography or videography.original regatta. anybody can. so did the photos. I have produced movies for each event. In my case. ❖ Because the regatta is a spontaneous event. Waiting for the starter’s gun 45 . 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. Since 2001. If I can do it. but I can still turn out a pretty decent movie. all images and video are digital and once I moved to the Mac platform and began playing with iMovie. The more you take. that’s even better. the more “good” shots and clips you’ll have to include in your movie. I have the camera rolling though the entire race.
❖ I mount my camera on a tripod to record the race. That way. but using the tripod’s handle to move the camera as the action shifts is much smoother than holding it in my hands . video clips should be edited to capture only the best action. Not only does the tripod stabilize the camera. I learned this lesson the hard way. if anything messes up.not the originals. Facebook or other movie-sharing sites.] ❖ During the editing process. you’ll still have the original footage to go back to. If it doesn’t support the story line.especially when I’m doubled over laughing. You still have all the action in your original raw footage for historical purposes . Both Apple’s iMovie and Microsoft’s Movie Maker come with your computer purchase. speaking of laughing. leave it out. the tripod keeps the camera further away from my body so that my laughing or cheering won’t overpower the rest of the audio. ❖ Just like you crop photos to focus on the best of the image. Both are easy to learn and can generate highquality movies that can be distributed as DVDs (for TV viewing) or uploaded to YouTube. [Yes.but just not in your production. It 46 . make sure you’re always working with copies of your photos and clips . And.another reason why you only work with copies .
❖ Your movie will often combine still photos with video clips. 47 .will take a bit of experimenting to get comfortable with the video editing process. 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. While this will be a bit confusing at ﬁrst. too. You can only create a true high-deﬁnition movie if your camera is capable of recording highdeﬁnition video clips. Some even have an additional track for background music. For example. 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. ❖ Movie editing apps usually work with multiple “tracks”. The visual content (photos and videos) are often on a different track than the audio. Be aware. you’ll be asked if you want to create a standard movie or a high-deﬁnition movie. you can reduce the volume of the background music track when the voice track has content you want to hear. but these tips should help you get started: ❖ When you create a movie project.
❖ Use titles . places and events depicted in your movie. You can choose those and then view them on the device/platform to see if it’s up to your quality standards. Most editors have standard settings for the most-used options.text added over the photos and clips throughout your movie to identify people. For presentation on the web. The settings you will use depend on how your movie will be presented. your movie settings will be the highest quality . If you’re building a DVD so the movie can be viewed on someone’s television. Your editor offers themed design elements like banners to make the text stand out. 48 . Make sure all photos and clips are backed up too. There are so many different settings and options that make no sense whatever. Turning your movie project into an actual production is the most confusing part of the entire process. check the platform’s help section to see what settings they recommend.and largest ﬁle size. ❖ Save your project frequently.You can also adjust the timing of the transition to suit your presentation.
As long as you have the movie project ﬁles to fall back on. you can improve your old movies as you gain experience.as will future generations.Don’t expect the ﬁrst try to be perfect. The number one priority is to capture the moment for posterity. Click here to watch a regatta in action at Vimeo. Your family will love your efforts .for you and your audience. 49 . After that. everything else is fun .
snapping both stills and videos. How do you get all those photos collected in one place? You do it virtually! Flickr. making it public A preview of Candlelight . but it’s the candid shots that make the memories. Worn Once found on Blurb. During the wedding 50 . you will likely ﬁnd dozens of cameras at any wedding . an amazing online photo community. Thanks to camera phones and tiny digital cameras. The professional wedding photos are breath-taking. open to everyone . includes a feature called groups. Individuals upload their photos to their personal proﬁle.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 .Measure Twice.only for select users and any number of options in between. Anyone can create a group. but can also share selected photos with one or more groups.
create your group early and start inviting group members. Because Flickr is very social. you’re well on your way to building a beautiful memory of a very special event.and capturing . 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. family and friends can add their own descriptions and comments to the photos. 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. When you’re ready to build your wedding book. This way you can insure that photos from showers. One couple is now quite famous for choreographing . 51 . With all your photos collected in one place and many including comments from your guests. It’s not a professional production.their wedding processional as a joyous dance down the aisle. you’ll ﬁnd that many of the book-building platforms can pull photos directly from Flickr. but everyone who watches shares the joy expressed by both the wedding party and their guests.planning process.
he included recent photos of historic sites. With The Civil War. most of the visuals were drawn from historical photos documenting that war.the Ken Burns effect. Burns' Civil War is an excellent example of how to create a compelling photo documentary from basic components.The Photo Documentary Like many others. JAZZ and The National Parks. In addition to historical photos. I'm impressed that he used such simple techniques to tell it. The Civil War was one of the most compelling programs I ever watched on television .followed by Baseball. Mr. giving both movement and focus to a speciﬁc point or person. The narrative included excerpts 52 . That pan and zoom technique is now named for him . Not only am I mesmerized by the story being told. He has turned the historical documentary into an art form. adding to the sense of place. He made those photos come alive with a simple technique that panned across and zoomed into each photo. I am a huge fan of Ken Burns.
He used these simple. but elegant techniques to create an impressive history. Then there’s the narration. We may not want to tackle a project as large as Mr. 53 .effects that appear as the viewer moves from one slide to the next . period music was used. Burns' epics.and the pan and zoom effect that works so well for Ken Burns. 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. A simple documentary is basically a photo slideshow. In the background. we will add title slides to introduce our subject and to provide credits at the end. We will include transitions .from personal letters and journals read by actors who made you feel the original authors were speaking. It combines precious photos with an adult’s analysis of a childhood memory to build a story. sound effects and background music. We family historians can use these same elements to create our own photo documentaries. but we do have many compelling stories of our own and this is a great way to bring them to life. To give it impact.
I found a good quality Plantronics headset online that I was able to get on sale for less than $50.00. but if you decide you really like building multimedia documentaries. the only tool you need besides a computer is a good microphone to use while recording your narration. since it is a multi-tasking tool.lots of options. I use a headset because it’s useful for so many other tasks and. I recommend choosing a good one. First the tools. start saving some money and watch for deals. Here’s a look at some of your options. Don’t feel you have to spend large sums of money just to get started. Actually. 54 . you’ll need some software. Next. You can record your narration with almost any level microphone or headset. You have options . you will need some tools and to make a decision on what software to use.Before you begin building your documentary.
in addition to creating title and credit slides. Transitions. Mac users will ﬁnd iMovie a great option. Adding narration and background music is also pretty straight-forward. set your transitions and effects and there’s a very nice collection of royalty-free background music you can easily include in your project. This capability has been around for some time so even if you have an older version of Elements. Adding narration is a breeze and. you can easily superimpose text over your photos or video clips. transitions. You can also choose to use a pre-designed theme to provide these elements if you’re not ready to try doing them yourself. titles and credits offer lots of options. 55 . like iMovie. you should be able to use it.Probably the easiest is Photoshop Elements for Windows. there’s a lot of whistles and bells if you want to take the time to learn them. background music and to record your narrative. 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). Movie Maker basics are easy to learn and. You can pull your images in from iPhoto.
recording narrations and background music. It allows for slide transitions. you have complete control of the background and can include frames. sometimes you don’t. special effects (called animations). captions and other graphical elements to provide a consistent theme throughout the presentation. There are several options for packaging your project to share with others. 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). the app will ﬁll in the background with a color.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. A better option might be to take advantage of online slideshow-sharing platforms like Slideboom 56 . Sometimes you get to choose that color. The trade-off is a limited number of production options for sharing your ﬁnished product. titles.
a component of Apple’s iWork ’09 suite. This allows you to create a themed look for your documentary. 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. I use it’s outline view to build my story. 57 . production notes and later even write my script in the speaker notes area. Keynote. A storyboard is a collection of sketches and notes used to visualize what you want your documentary to look like. This not only helps you build your story's timeline. but SlideShare does not. Once again. Your viewers will need to have QuickTime [Win & Mac] (a free download from Apple) to view it. All presentation apps offer an option to export the slides as JPEG images. “audition” potential photos in the slide area and capture all my ideas. my presentation app is my tool of choice. Slideboom supports slides with included audio. Even a simple documentary like my Circle B Ranch requires planning to be successful. but is a good way to choose which graphical elements will be used and where. manage those mismatched photos and still take advantage of the video capabilities in your movie app.or SlideShare.
changes are going to be a lot more time-consuming. Click here to view the Circle B Ranch documentary at Vimeo 58 . 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. I’ll be the ﬁrst to admit to an impulsive nature. but I’ve found the hard way that advance planning just makes sense .and a better ﬁnished product.
But why stop there? Your desktop can be a great place to show off your latest scrapbooking creations and. They met in 1908 and carried on a courtship mostly by mail . an opportunity to push a bit of history to your family. Dolph died in 1921 so we never met him and this is one of the few photos we have of him.for the next ﬁve years before they married in 1913. Here is a look at a desktop on my iMac. they had to have it for 59 . Lois and Dolph are my maternal grandparents. It changes frequently . I'll bet many of you still look at the manufacturer's default image every time you start up your computer. Changing the photo that's displayed on your desktop is very simple.to celebrate a holiday or just enjoy a special photo. with a little effort. Not me! I love playing with my desktop.Desktop Wallpaper The computer desktop. As soon as my sisters saw this on my desktop.
Creating a desktop is similar to building any scrapbook page. things aren't so square on your desktop. Most of us are used to the standard square sizes (8"x8" or 12"x12") used for paper scrapbooks. While most scrapbookers know that the minimum acceptable resolution for a decent photo print is 300 dpi (dots per inch). The main difference is the size of your project. This is to your beneﬁt. As you'll notice. but it's always good to keep your project as close to the actual size as possible. And.themselves. however. Hmmm. 60 . Windows desktops are a bit more difﬁcult to plan for because there are so many monitor and resolution options. Look at the resolution properties for your display in System Preferences (Control Panel for Windows) to get the exact size of your screen. I realized I might be onto something. Your computer will do its best to resize an image to ﬁt your desktop. since it means your ﬁle sizes will be much smaller even when you pile on the layers. since we're talking about resolution. your screen has a much lower resolution than projects you create to be printed. your screen is only 72 dpi. 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 left side is also pretty bare. 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. Things like textured backgrounds help keep the composition interesting without competing with your regular desktop tools. While this example is pretty simple. This gives me some extra ﬂexibility should this image be used on a smaller screen. in addition to generating interest in your family history. Who knows. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.You'll notice that I adjusted my layout around the stuff that normally resides on my desktop . 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. you might even get them to clean up their desktops to make more room for your family masterpieces. 61 .
And.for each month. Options range from wall calendars to refrigerator magnets to desk calendars to desktop widgets. 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. By adding a monthly calendar to the desktop project mentioned earlier. 62 . family or special event in your family history. A scrapbook enthusiast could create a layout for each month celebrating a person. If you want to make your own.Calendars Custom calendars are delightful gift ideas for families and great fund-raisers for societies. you could generate interest in additional desktops . you can ﬁnd any number of Photoshop/Photoshop Elements templates for each month in the current year.with additional bits of family history . 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. there’s no rule that says you can only use a photograph. This gives you the ﬂexibility to create a totally custom calendar if you are so inclined. Most print-on-demand services like Lulu.
Cecilia. a camera phone that can capture and email a photo in two quick steps is the tool of choice. While camera phone technology is improving. not so much. it's a wonderful gift that brightens our day. 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.much lower resolution than a normal digital camera. . For a mother of four. For the grandparents who receive these precious pictures in our mailbox. For the family historian .and will probably continue to be . these photos are . 63 . 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. . enjoying some ice cream. As a result.Photo Art This is our granddaughter. we are limited in what we can do with these photos.
This is a small (6" x 8") board so I was able to get two copies of the photo printed 64 . poster or sketch in a few quick steps. Once it ﬁnished. It can also turn a simple photo into a special gift. if you already own a photo editing application. 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 gave the original black and white photo a sepia effect and added a matte effect to create the oval frame. This portrait ﬁle could easily be printed on 11" x 17" if I had the capability. This can turn less-than-perfect photos into family treasures.it only prints letter/legal sized paper. chose the style I wanted (chalk sketch for this project) and it did the painting for me. This next piece was created using only the simple editor in iPhoto [Mac]. Now. I opened the photo. The photo that once could only be printed at "wallet" size is now a portrait printed on watercolor paper. Not all photo art requires great photo-editing skills or software. And. Our new family treasure was created with Corel’s Painter Essentials 4 [Win and Mac]. chances are good you already have the tools to get started. the size limit is my printer .One way around these limitations is to do what I did and turn the photo into photo art. I did some quick cleanup and it was ready to go. Most offer ﬁlters and effects which will turn your photo into a painting.
Since each set ! contained 10 cards. Years later. she quickly rearranged them so each set had 10 different photo cards inside. 65 .on one sheet of transfer paper. Photo art can be an inexpensive way to create a personal gift that will not soon be forgotten. You can see the line at the top of the board where the edge of the transfer paper left a mark. A few simple adjustments and the second try became a gift for my sister (the little beauty on the left). I'm still talking about that gift. gives the result a grunge effect that adds even more interest to the piece. she had 10 delightful gifts at a cost of approximately $8. The imperfections of the iron-on process. One artistic family member ordered 10 sets of notecards from one of the online photoprocessing sites using a different photo for each set. combined with the roughness of the canvas. This example was the ﬁrst try.00 each. As a result.
Most of all. you'll be pleasantly surprised to see how much your family and friends will love your efforts. 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. Most include howto areas offering all kinds of ideas with instructions. You'll be amazed at the number of ways you can turn a simple photo into a work of art. 66 . Even better. where do you ﬁnd inspiration? Start with the software publishers. you'll be even more amazed at how easy many of them are.So.
These platforms make it easy to build your memories. you won’t ﬁnd audio and video included in many paper scrapbooks. I want mine to be more like an A Scrapblog scrapbook 67 . you can use image editors like Photoshop Elements [Win & Mac] Paint Shop Pro [Win] and Pixelmator [Mac] to build from scratch. photo albums and even multimedia presentations. For the more adventurous. After all. It lets me share my creations online by embedding the scrapbook on my blog or linking to it from Twitter or Facebook. I use the Memory Mixer [Win & Mac] app to build greeting cards. becomes a scrapbooking platform when used in layout mode. Another favorite is the online Scrapblog app. my word processing application. While many scrapbook pages focus on photos and titles. Even Pages.Multimedia Scrapbooks I’m the ﬁrst to admit I’m a scrapbooking fool. but my platform of preference is digital scrapping.
Experiment with your options and see which is right for you. You can use a design kit where all you do is drop in photos and add captions. Pages gives me the text support I need and still lets me layer graphic elements for a scrapbook effect. 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.illustrated book. a video DVD or a digital movie to post at a video-sharing site.
While I do have my grandmother’s copies of both volumes. This format works well for the publication that is mostly text. this could be a good way to share it. because they are family treasures I keep them safely tucked away to preserve them. One look at the text made me realize this book would be almost impossible to read. was considered an authority on 19th century Southern literature. If your family history project is mostly text. He wrote a twovolume book.books designed to be read online or using a device like the Kindle.Building an eBook eBooks . Samuel Albert Link.have exploded in popularity. While most of my projects are too graphical for the ePub format. but complex formatting like tables and charts are still quite a challenge. What a delight! Or not. Pioneers of Southern Literature. They also offered an ePub version which would allow me to carry the book with me anytime I wished. Nook or iPad . Yes. 69 . I do have several family treasures that could be digitized and shared this way. 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. My great grandfather. it will support the inclusion of photos and graphics.
it looks like it should be easy to create my own ebooks. I recently stumbled upon Sigil [Windows. I’ve installed it on my Mac and from what I’ve seen and what the manual tells me. Mac & Linux]. I took on building a clean digital edition of Professor Link’s book as my learning project. None of this leads to a pleasant e-reading experience.and grammar-checking or dictionary/thesaurus access that we all use daily. So.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 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. not a word processor. 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. As we all know. Sigil is a layout and design editor. The word processor is still the primary tool for writing and editing any 70 . It doesn’t have writing tools like spelling. There’s lots of hyphenation and each header and page number from each printed page is embedded in the text. you never really learn how to use something until you actually have to complete a project.
Although this project doesn’t call for any writing on my part. You may not be aware that an ePub book is basically a series of HTML ﬁles along with their associated images. but a little basic knowledge will be helpful. you may also use your word processor as your layout editor. style sheets and a couple of special conﬁguration ﬁles all zipped up into one ePub package.family history. graphics. Once all the writing and editing is ﬁnished. I copy/pasted the text into my word processing application and I worked my way through the text: removing headers and page numbers. No. If the end goal is a print edition. you don’t need to be an HTML expert to build an ebook with Sigil. I was ready to import the text into Sigil. replacing characters the OCR didn’t read correctly and correcting format problems. 71 . Your e-reader application or device unzips everything. Once done. then you’re ready to use Sigil to build your ebook. there is a signiﬁcant cleanup effort. reads the conﬁguration ﬁle (called a manifest) to determine what goes where and then presents the results on your screen. This was quite tedious.
verse and paragraphs comes from this style sheet ﬁle.css to provide some basic styling for my text. As you can see in the left sidebar. Sigil gives sections a default name. Sigil automatically builds the book structure for you. images. style sheets. so I’ll need to add them myself. but I renamed them to better describe their contents. Sigil doesn’t provide any style sheets. The primary difference is that the style information is maintained in a separate ﬁle. The formatting you see associated with the heading. It’s easy to maneuver and perform the necessary formatting tasks to develop the book’s 72 . there are folders for the text ﬁles. I have created a style sheet titled main.When you create a new book project. The book is built in sections. Sigil offers both a visual view (shown here) with formatting tools and an HTML view. The ﬁrst is the book’s title page and the others are chapters. Right now I have four sections in this project. Style sheets contain formatting instructions similar to the styles used in word processing applications. fonts and other miscellaneous ﬁles.
however. 73 . When you save your project in Sigil.layout. Most publishing services will do the conversion for you. It’s not necessary to use an app like Sigil to produce an ePub book. If. This is the package ﬁle that most e-reader apps and devices can read. all these ﬁles are saved and compressed into a .epub ﬁle. 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. When you insert an image into the text. then Sigil is a great tool to build a hand-crafted book.
It will just require more time. there are some very nice portraits that have been handed down through the generations. Your best option may be to pay a professional photographer to do it for you. You can’t use your camera’s ﬂash as it will create a glare on the painting. You’ll need a way to provide good diffused light to get the best image.Treasured Art My family has been blessed with some talented artists who have left us several interesting pieces. In addition. 74 . it can also be used to create copies of treasured paintings. Framed paintings are a challenge to photograph especially those framed with glass. The glare in this photo comes from a table lamp reﬂecting off the painting itself. The biggest challenge is digitizing the artwork. Just as digitization technology has made it possible to share copies of heirloom photos and documents. effort and money.
75 . it can also tell the stories associated with them. you have many options. Several printing services specialize in printing digital art on watercolor paper and even canvas.Once the artwork is digitized. Some even provide giclee prints which add the texture of the brushstrokes to the digital copy. A coffee table book of the family collection not only provides images of each piece. Another option is to create full-sized copies from high-quality digital images.
To make my point. When his research gave him a story about an individual. family historians don’t have to wait until they have all the details before publishing a family history project.but the content is fascinating. that index was able to document many wooden markers that no longer exist. Now we can publish what we have and later. less than a decade after the cemetery’s closing. when our research provides more detail. I’ll use my current cemetery project. The technical aspects of the publication leave a lot to be desired . Augustine National Cemetery by historian Robert Hawk in the late 1980s. Florence Mitchell wrote a history of the cemetery and spent hours 76 . easily update the project and publish a new edition.it was created with a typewriter and copy service . the Huguenot Cemetery Guide. Although there were many unmarked graves even then. His guide is a cross between a simple cemetery inventory and a scrapbook. he presented the story along with unit insignia. newspaper clippings and other memorabilia.The Living Book of the Dead Thanks to the beneﬁts of digital publishing. The basis of my Huguenot Cemetery project is an inventory taken in 1892. In 1998. My inspiration is a guide created for the St.
but allows me to include all the photos. Anyone can view and download it. adding signiﬁcantly to the 1892 list.collecting burial records from local church rolls. Several months ago. there’s already several good ones available. There’s too many stories here to settle for just a simple inventory. My guide project begins by reorganizing that inventory list into something more manageable and incorporating the photos I’ve taken in the cemetery. that doesn’t mean it has to wait that long to be published. And. Of course. a guide such as I envision will take years to complete. An electronic document published online not only gives me worldwide reach. Once that step is done and I’ve included a 77 . 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. sketches and diagrams I want. I want something that’s available far beyond local library shelves. dates and inscriptions. although the best is a single typed copy “bound” in a 3-ring notebook at the local historical society’s research library. I want to include more than just names. But. Since I’m publishing electronically. there’s no extra cost for images or color. clippings. If all I wanted to present was an inventory. I transcribed the 1892 inventory and published it on Scribd.
there are some interesting possibilities there too. As additional content is added. Interested readers can subscribe to my Scribd proﬁle and be notiﬁed when I publish new or updated content. 78 . Scribd archives the older version and replaces it with the new. but there will be many more. All I have to do is include a note that this is a new edition and describe what has been added. I’ll publish the ﬁrst edition of my guide. Then I’ll start working on individual histories of the people buried here. publishing a new edition is as simple as uploading the ﬁle.basic history of the cemetery. From there I’ll incorporate the burial rolls from church records. I’ve already done some sketches for my Graveyard Rabbits site. Since many of the gravestones came from Charleston and even farther north.
And. it will be readily available online to anyone interested. it will attract other researchers who can add their parts of the puzzle giving it even more value. 79 . growing and changing regularly as new research. images. With luck. maps and diagrams are added. biographical sketches.This book of the dead will be a living document. even better.
happens in a vacuum.Acknowledgements No project . This book owes much to the family and friends who have inspired many of the projects presented here. None of this would be possible without the family and friends who created the stories I tell in my projects. My fascination with dead relatives is still a mystery to him. I must thank the amazing footnoteMaven for all her inspiration and encouragement.family history or otherwise . First. 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 . but he indulges me in my obsession and I love him all the more for it. 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. Readers of her Shades of the Departed magazine will recognize the title and several projects from my column there.
The cover graphic uses Scriptina.constant source of inspiration. Several of the examples use scrapbook elements from Scrapblog. Rocketeer and One Fell Swoop fonts. 81 . Technical Support This book was constructed using Apple’s Pages word processing application with a combination of iPhoto and Photoshop Elements for image editing. with Fletch and Typical Writer for headings. The font used for the text is Optima. Memory Mixer and Designer Digitals. but also as vibrant personalities. My goal is to document their lives not just as vital records.