3 Tools to To Help You Recreate Lost Death Records

3 Tools to To Help You Recreate Lost Death Records

Simple solutions to help you tell your family story when you can’t source the life event.

One of the biggest research hurdles genealogists face is finding documentation for life events when the local courthouse records have been destroyed.  This article lists over 40 courthouses in North Carolina where records were lost due to fires.  I suspect the statistics are similar for most states/territories from that era.

Fortunately, for those of us willing to dig deep, there is hope of at least being able to piece together enough information to confirm the validity of a leaf or other hint with our ancestors.  I am a firm believer in sourced and legitimate documentation when I am working on the official family tree, but those resources don’t always do my genealogy scrapbooks justice.

My scrapbooks are a combination of facts and stories I want to leave for future generations.  They also represent my own creativity.  A picture really is worth a thousand words when you’re creating a scrapbook so even if I don’t have a photo of my ancestor I like the idea of having a graphic on their page.

Omega is the January 2019 Heritage Scrappers Club Mega.  Omega features a dark palette of earthy colors with elements designed to help you create pages documenting the death of your ancestors.  The bonuses include a funeral program template, ornamental gates, and fencing templates, and 2 sets of grave markers with concrete text styles for you to create your own family monuments.

The Omega Mega Bundle, including 5 bonuses is available exclusively to Club Members through January 25th at 73% to 82% off or you can pick it up from any of my stores in March.  These bonuses are ready for you to add your own creativity.

 

If you have been running into brick walls trying to locate death records, here are some helpful resources:

SAVE 73% to 82% on the
Heritage Scrappers Club Mega Collections.

The Omega Bundle

The Omega Page Kit

The Omega Extras

The Omega Sampler

The Omega Club Member Bonuses

These bonuses are included with your monthly or annual Heritage Scrappers Club Membership.  They will be available for purchase individually when Omega is released in stores in approximately 45 days.

Funeral Program Template

Use the Funeral Program Templates to recreate a missing program or create one based on the information you’ve gathered in your research.  This bonus includes 5 different border designs and a variety of text and design layers so you can make it your own.  Use as an element on your family member’s page or use it as a page of its own.  Change out the background colors, modify the styles or borders, the sky is the limit.

Gates & Fencing

Use the Gates & Fencing Bonus to create a cemetery layout or use it to embellish pages of a garden.  The decorative fences can be styled and sized for hundreds of uses.

Grave Marker Templates

Can’t find a headstone or grave marker?  These templates will help you make a memorable marker for your family members.  Use with the Bonus Omega Concrete Styles to create an authentic looking marker.

Engrave Style Pack

The Engrave Style Pack works beautifully on any template.  It features styles with the look of aged concrete.  It is designed to embellish the Grave Marker Templates but will also work on any element you want to modify to look like concrete.

Layout Inspiration Made With Omega

Not everyone is a genealogy or heritage scrapper.  You can see the versatility of Omega in the layouts below.

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DSD2018 Post Party Celebration & Scrapbooking Deals

We are having a DSD2018 Post Party Celebration and You Are In For Some Treats!

I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the DSD2018 Big Deal.  In fact, we had so much fun we decided to host a Post Party and share a few more “almost as good as DSD” deals before the end of the month.

All 24 designers have some bonus deals.  We’ve put everything together for you in another handy, downloadable ebook. If you missed DSD, you still have a chance to pick up some great products and I have a few bonus treats for you too!

Bonus Coupons For Big Deal Extras

If you picked up the DSD2018 BIG DEAL, you received 4 of my favorite page kits.
During the Post Party Celebration, you can pick up the extras for each of these at a big discount.  Use Coupon Code:  ADB-DSD2018-PostParty-01 to save 45% on any of the coordinating extras.

 

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I send a newsletter each Saturday that features my new releases, store deals, My Memories weekly freebies, and usually at least one freebie that coordinates with the new release.  You won’t find an abundance of personal chatter in my newsletter but you will find it filled with products and digital layouts for your scrapping inspiration.

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Vintage Romantic Challenge at My Memories

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Each month group members receive a free sampler of my Heritage Scrappers Club Mega which features products designed to scrap your ancestors.  Each kit includes period specific elements with an antique flair.  Club Members can save big by choosing one of my subscription plans.  Get the entire Mega for $12.95 per month or annual members pay once and receive the new release each month for only $9.95.  Each Mega is valued at over $50 and is only available to Club Members. You can pick up the October Samper here, through November 10th.

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Digital Scrapbooking Day Is Coming – Enter To Win Now!

Digital Scrapbooking Day Is Coming – Enter To Win Now!

Digital Scrapbooking Day is Saturday, October 6th.  It is one of 3 HUGE Deal days for digital scrapbookers and crafters and something designers usually spend weeks preparing for.  You’ll find amazing deals on new everything you need to build your stash and scrap your family story.  

If you are a newsletter subscriber you know about the DSD2018 Big Deal Giveaway that is being hosted on my Facebook page.  Most of the details are below and you can click the button to head on over and Enter To Win over $600 in digital scrapbooking products on Tuesday, 10/02/18 at 2 p.m. CST.  

This is my third Big Deal to participate in but it’s the first one where the winners will be drawn during a LIVE Facebook Event so the excitement is really buzzing!

This is also the first one where we’ve offered gifts AND Pre-Party Deals for anyone who might not be available for the DSD Sales & Deals.  I’ve had a few messages from people who aren’t on Facebook asking if there is another way to participate.  Unfortunately, due to the software we use so that we can automate the drawing, there isn’t another option to enter the contest BUT, you don’t have to enter to take advantage of the Pre-Party coupons, DSD Deals, AND this time, we’re having a Post-Party too so you won’t want to miss out on that.

 

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Congratulations to Rhonda Willard!  Rhonda shared the DSD 2018 on her social media and two of her friends registered on my page.  This means Rhonda just earned TWO MORE chances to Win!

Congratulations to Kari Reardon, Rita Filler, and Robyn Littlejohn!  Each of these ladies has earned one extra chance at winning the BIG DEAL!

Go ahead and register and then follow the instructions to share with your friends for more chances to win.

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HERITAGE SCRAPPERS CLUB
SEPTEMBER MEGA CLOSES TOMORROW

Quick Reminder that the HSC Mega for September will be turned off tomorrow.  Patriots & Loyalists was created to help you scrap your family story of those who served in early wars but it is also perfect for current patriotic or military layouts.

The Heritage Scrappers Club is a monthly or annual membership where you will receive a new Mega valued at over $50 each month at a massive discount.  Monthly Members pay $14.95 (subscribe now and take $2 off the monthly price – You’ll pay $12.95 per month) or GET THE BEST DEAL by choosing the Annual plan for only $119.40.

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The Three Rs – With 3 Tips To Scrap Your Family Story If You Don’t Have Photos

The Three Rs – With 3 Tips To Scrap Your Family Story If You Don’t Have Photos

The school lines are long again.  Jim & I do all we can to plan our day around school zone times but occasionally it simply can’t be avoided so we wait on children to cross or a bus to creep to a stop.

My newsfeed has been filled with “first day of school” photos from Pre-K all the way up to high school seniors.  The expressions on the faces of the subjects are very different.  Moms will be moms.

Personally, I don’t recall first day of school photos.  Of course, getting the camera out was more of an event back then.  Today, even some of the elementary students are snapping photos from their smartphones.

It’s clear that this generation will have more photos but it’s the stories of the photos I’m concerned with.

The August Heritage Scrappers Club Mega was The Three Rs.  Like all HSC Releases, it was designed with your own life and your ancestors’ life in mind.  It is filled with elements from a different time period.  A time when students had to share a book and some did their lessons on lap chalkboards instead of laptops.

This is also a time when photos were rare or perhaps they simply didn’t get passed down to the person who wants to tell the story.  I had more than one conversation about scrapping school days without photos.  As a society, we’re more attached to photos than we’ve ever been but stories can and should be told, with or without the photo to back it up.

Here are a few tips to get your family school days story told if you don’t have photos.

Use another form of documentation
If you don’t have school photos you can substitute your photo area with school certificates, report cards, letters written by the subject (they learned to write in school).

Use a family photo
A family photo with parents and children can work as a stand-in for almost any story.  We love having people on our layouts but you might also use a photo of the family homestead.

Substitute a stock photo
I know.  I know.  Your family heritage albums are supposed to include your family photos but if you know the story and don’t have the photos, it would be a shame for your children and grandchildren to miss out on the story.  Go ahead and sub in a vintage photo of any school and get the story told.  Your family will be glad you improvised and you will too.

If you’re ready to get started, The Three Rs is available and on sale in all of my stores now.  I hope it helps you tell your family school days stories.  I would love to see your pages in the group too.  You never know when your page or story will be the one that inspires another member “get creative” and cross another project off their list.

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The Heritage Scrappers Facebook Group is FREE to join.  We’re a group of digital scrapbookers who are focused on telling our family story.  Whether you’re just getting started or have earned your genealogy wings from years of research, there is a place for you.

The Heritage Scrappers CLUB is a membership club where you receive a new Genealogy Themed Mega PLUS 2 Bonuses each month at a huge discount.  Monthly Memberships are $14.95 (join within 72 hours and you’ll only pay $12.95 per month or SAVE a whopping 82% with the annual membership.  Pay just $119.40 for an entire year of Gorgeous Genealogy Digital Scrapbooking Supplies.  For less than the cost of the complete collection, you can get the entire CLUB release each month.  Visit my Facebook Page to pick up this month’s sampler (Patriots & Loyalists) and get all the scoop.

Gold Fever – Scrap Your Gold Rush Family Story

Gold Fever – Scrap Your Gold Rush Family Story

Tell your family Gold Rush story with the Heritage Scrappers July 2018 Bundle by ADB Designs. This digital scrapbooking bundle was created to help you scrap any of your antique photos, but it is filled with elements related to the California Gold Rush in the mid to late 1800’s. No Gold Rush story? The page kit is features florals, frames, vintage lace, and tattered bits of nostalgia in rich, warm browns, golds, and blues. Gold Fever is perfect for any genealogy life book.

SAVE 30% on individual packs or 50% on the bundle for a limited time.

Here is some beautiful inspiration by my Creative Team

Gold Fever is available in these fine stores

ADB Designs  |  My Memories  |  Go Digital Scrapbooking  |  theStudio

When Is The Best Time To Start Scrapbooking Your Family Story?

When Is The Best Time To Start Scrapbooking Your Family Story?

It’s been almost a year since the Heritage Scrappers Club was “born”.  I’m on a Genealogy Jaunt this weekend so I’m coming to you through the amazing magic of technology.  What I didn’t realize until I started writing was that I was also away on a similar fact-finding mission last year when Time Traveler made its debut.  I’ve been researching my own family story for most of my life.  I have hundreds of photos, documents, and stories.  Some scrapped.  Some partially scrapped.  Some waiting to be scrapped.  Sound familiar?

I never get to as much as I plan but I have been able to do more in terms of organizing and scrapping since the group and club started.  I’ll take progress any way I can get it.  I know this is a lifelong journey.  I want to enjoy each and every step and I truly LOVE the inspiration coming from the Heritage Scrappers Facebook Group.

Last week I asked members to tell a school days story of their own or one they had heard from family members while growing up.  Reading the comments was like getting my hands on a favorite book and not being able to put it down.  One story leads to another.  Hopefully, some of those stories will lead to new scrapbook stories this month.

The Heritage Scrappers Club Monthly Mega for August is The Three Rs.  It was designed to help us document our own school days or those of any family member.  This is the 11th Mega Collection in the Heritage Scrappers Club Series.  To celebrate a very successful year for genealogy scrappers, I’ve reduced the price of the monthly subscriber option from $19.95 per month to $14.95 per month.  If THAT isn’t enough to help you decide that NOW is the best time to start Scrapbooking Your Family Story…. How about another $2 off?  I have a Limited Offer Available that reduces the monthly subscription price to just $12.95 per month.  Of course, if you know NOW is the time and you’re ready to commit to completing big projects this year, you can save even more with the Annual Plan.  Subscribe today for $119.40 and it reduces the Mega Collection to just $9.95 per month.  Each month you get the Complete Mega Collection plus 2 sets of genealogy based Bonuses ($50 – $60 VALUE) for one low price.

You can see the previous Heritage Scrappers Club Releases here.

New Members will also receive the Genealogy Starter Pack FREE.

This month, one of the Bonuses is an Add-On to Time Traveler, my first HSC Mega.  You can also get the Add-On FREE in August by participating in the Color Challenge at the Studio.  I’ve also put the entire Time Traveler Collection on sale this month.  Save 60% on the Collection or 40% on individual products but HSC Members will get a bonus coupon to use on all previous HSC Releases.

NOW is the Best Time.  It won’t get any better than this.