Twelve months ago, Auckland Library'sSir George Grey Special Collections held the exhibition Scrapbooks, noting that scrapbooking is a great way to display your family history research.
In that vein, why not make 2013 the year to start researching a heritage album for a special event in your family – such as a wedding anniversary or a big birthday? We have a couple of gorgeous books in the Central Auckland Research Centre on just this topic and they are worth a browse for a wealth of tips and ideas to get you inspired and motivated.
They include tips such as how scrapbookers have gone about creating special books such as a 70th birthday album; how to sort all those random photos sitting in shoe boxes into “scrapbookable” categories; and guidelines on how to keep the flow going between albums if your project will extend over several books. There are also ideas on how to make your presentation more authentic, with guides to vintage fabrics as well as the popular colors and motifs of the day (bearing in mind the books have a North American bias.)
Another suggestion to make an ancestor more “real” is to research events during their lifetime and add these tidbits into the scrapbook -- what events were happening in the world when they were born, started school, or became a teenager? Printing or scanning headlines from newspapers is not only a terrific way to add a sense of social history to a personal story but a fun way to get the children involved. (We have on microfilm the NZ Herald going back to 1863, as well as the Auckland Star and assorted local papers.)
Making a family scrapbook could be just the thing to involve the kids in over the school holidays and when school starts, even the weekends – the Research Centre is open from 10am-4pm Saturdays and Sundays (9am to 8pm weekdays). Check out Family History Scrapbooking by Becky Higgins and Scrapbooking Your family History by Maureen Taylor.
Both are located at 1 GEN DOC in the Research Centre shelves but are reference only titles.Borrowable copies of the latter book and other titles like it, are also available through Auckland Libraries.