I’ve announced my project on episode 15 and 16 of the podcast and I’m here to share with you the beginnings of The Heritage Project. If you haven’t listened to those shows, let me tell you about The Heritage Project:
I have always had an interest in genealogy. When I was a teenager, a relative on my father’s mother’s side of the family, that happened to be a genealogist, spent years tracing that family tree. Once compiled, he created a GEDcom file, put it on floppy disks (yep… I’m old) and sent a copy to each family connected to the tree. This was pre-Ancestry.com and really pre-internet (as you know it).
Fast forward to 2010 when I uploaded that GEDcom file to Ancestry.com. It was about that time that I also attempted digital scrapbooking, so I was all about documenting the stories from my family tree. I’ve spent the past 5 years working on the tree here and there, but it wasn’t until Katie Scott started talking and scrapping her heritage that I thought to merge my ancestry and my scrapbooking. Katie happened to take the Ancestry.com DNA test, which helped her in her research and even established that she was related to other scrapbookers, including me!
Santa brought me a DNA kit for Christmas (oh, the jokes that ensued). My parents laughed at me because naturally, I’m a boring Western European, that’s 50% Danish, 25% Irish. 20% German with a pinch of English. Yet, I wanted it verified and I wanted to scrapbook it. December 27th, I sent my kit away…
I developed a plan for The Heritage Project to work with my schedule:
- No set amount pages or deadline for completion– family trees, especially ones that go beyond a few generations are not static things, so the project may never actually be finished and that’s okay.
- Avoid the stereotypical heritage style– it’s not my style.
- Incorporate it into Creative Team work and challenges whenever possible to help get it done. (currently, I’m doing the Month of Challenges at The Lilypad)
- Tell the stories that I’m interested in in the moment– I’m not worried about chronology because that’s in the actual family. I’m telling stories, which go beyond the facts.
- Connect the stories to our life now (a tip from Katie Scott)
- No guilt… because that’s a project killer. If I fail, at least I’ll x amount of pages scrapped on the topic than before I started.
I started the project with this page about the steamer trunk my Irish family, on my dad’s side, brought with them to America:
(supplies: Storyteller Collection- Hunter by Just Jaimee; Fonts: Alexis Marie Medium, Bohemian Typewriter)
And if you want to know the “boring” result I received from my DNA test, I put the results in this page:
(supplies: Start Here by Sara Gleason; Preforated Alpha by Kim Jensen; Font: Mom’s Typewriter)
Not so boring at all… and it’s helped me fill in most of my family tree. If you’re interested in scrapping your DNA or just the breakdown of your ancestral ethnicity, Hummie of Hummie’s World is hosting a challenge where you can share your pages.
I have one more page done, but it’s a CT assignment that I can’t share yet! UPDATE! I can share now. Click HERE to read the article about the page:
Three is a good start for 2015! I also have some really interesting stories to tell about my family’s role in establishing the (Dutch) Colony of New York and our difficult relationship with the US Military and how all the stories connect to the present day… unless some other story grabs me, of course.
Stay tuned for more updates… and if you want to scrap your own heritage pages this year, please feel to share with me.