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    Gallery Now Open for The Past is Present Photo Challenge

    Welcome to the Past is Present Photo Challenge for World Photography Day August 19, 2011. Old photographs touch a chord with genealogists, and the response to this challenge has been tremendous. For every blogger whose post was submitted, many other bloggers wrote in comments, encouragment, and stories about their own photo efforts. This was a tough challenge demanding creativity, persistence, and an eye to detail.

    You'll see that some folks followed the Dear Photograph model, holding an old image in their hand juxtaposed against a modern day backdrop. Others used modern day photo technology to cleverly combine images into one photo. Still others created collages or presented a photo story bringing past and present together. Whatever the medium, the message is still the same: our stories belong to the present as much as they do to the past.

    Thank you to everyone who participated. Enjoy!

    Geni Webb responded to the challenge "It's not an easy thing to do but it sure was fun" and presents a back-to-school image that combines student and teacher for The "Past is Present" Photo Challenge on Ginisology. Thanks, Geni for kick-off the challenge and getting out the word.

    Randy Seaver's post for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Pick Your Past Photos for the Present Photo Challenge helped to spread the news about the Past is Present Photo Project. Randy's selected three photos... and it will be fun to see what he comes up with... one of these Saturnday nights!

    Dorene participated in GeneaMusings Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, August 6, 2011 to showcase photos of her great grandmother standing in front of her apartment building in Sandusky, Ohio. It was a tough shot to capture, and Dorene posts her photos at Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay.

    Chris Staats at Staats Place was determined to participate in the project, even if he had to get creative with Photoshop. His post SNGF: Staats Not Gonna Follow [the rules again] pulls together a collage that includes the image of a hand holding one of the photos. Very ingenious.

    Karen Seeman at Ancestor Soup brought the past to the present by placing an image of herself with her grandmother and great-grandmother in a present day photo of their old house to make Memories Past... Then and Now.

    Jean of Bluegrass and Buckeye Roots featured a past family home tour for her post SGF - a little late, but looking at family houses. Although the images aren't "superimposed," she says, the pages "capture the times together" and isn't that what it's all about?

    Valerie enlisted her sister's help for a Dear Photograph style image that she calls "Looking Into the Past" for her post SNGF: Present Photo Challenge at Begin with 'Craft'. Valerie has also used the technique on an earlier post featuring photos taken in cemeteries, and shares her technique tips as well.

    Jasia took a trip to a Detroit cemetery to visit the grave of her great grandmother Ludwika. Her Dear Photograph image at Creative Gene is a poignant letter to one day in 1912, remembered "with Love from her great Granddaughter Jasia" at Genealogy Photo Challenge for World Photography Day.

    Julie Goucher at Angler's Rest features the graves of her great grandparents in Surrey in Genealogy Photo Challenge - The Past is Present, and shares an interesting note about her grandmother's death and lead-lined coffin.

    Kim Adams hadn't heard of Dear Photograph when the Photo Challenge was announced, but soon realized that she had already taken "THE perfect 'Dear Photograph' photo!" featured in One hundred seventeen years later... My answer to the Genealogy Photo Challenge at GeneaMania.

    Vickie Everhart is certainly the MacGyver of the Past is Present Challenge. After viewing her beautiful photograph at Sentimental Sunday::Meadows of Heaven be sure to see how she set up the shot at Then and Now on Be Not Forgot.

    Kristin combined photos from Google Images with pictures of her family from 1946-1950 to bring her family into 2011 for Past is Present - Springfield Massachusetts 1948 - 1950 at My Cleages and Reeds.

    Kay Bauman showcases her grandparents home in Then and Now on Relative Storyboards, and recounts her memories of a a very special place.

    Cynthia Shenette showcases two photographs of the Chopin Statue on Heritage Zen in a poignant post entitled Chopin Rising, writing about loss and hope for the future.

    and my own entry celebrates a special occasion in Montecito, California with a look through the doorway into the past for Dear Photograph: 35th Wedding Anniversary Edition at The Family Curator.

    Thank you, contributors, for meeting the challenge.





    Past is Present: You Still Have Time to Submit Your Photo

    The deadline is nearly here for the Past is Present Photo Challenge, but you still have time to send in the link to your post showing how you combined the past and present in a photograph.

    Post your photograph with descriptive caption on your blog and send the link to The Family Curator no later than 6am PST 15 Aug 2011. I will post a round-up article of contributions on or before August 19, World Photography Day.

    Many thanks to everyone who has helped get the word out about the Photo Challenge, especially Randy Seaver at GeneaMusings who suggested selecting the photo for a bit of Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, and posted his own contributions.

    Get creative and have fun!

    Here's a few examples from past posts:

    Recreating the scene from an old photo-- Mom and her sister in front of their house.
    Celebratiing an anniversary DearPhotograph style 


    The Past is Present: Genealogy Photo Challenge for World Photography Day

    The Family Curator is issuing a challenge to geneabloggers, genealogists, and family historians! Celebrate genealogy and family history for World Photography Day August 19 by combining the past and present in a photograph. You might want to recreate an old photo or bring the past to the present day in DearPhotograph style.

    Post your photograph with descriptive caption on your blog and send the link to The Family Curator no later than 6am PST 15 Aug 2011. I will post a round-up article of contributions on or before August 19, World Photography Day.

    Get creative and have fun!

    Here's a few examples from past posts:

    Recreating the scene from an old photo-- Mom and her sister in front of their house.
    Celebratiing an anniversary DearPhotograph style 


    Blogging Buddies and Genealogy Resolutions, report from the West Coast Partner

    One of my favorite new holiday traditions is visiting with WeTree blogger Amy Coffin when she comes to town. This is the second season we have been able to meet and speak genealogy, and it is truly a highlight of the holiday for me.

    Our conversation drifted around upcoming conferences and the cool new Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner until we really got to the interesting stuff of research and writing. When Amy mentioned her goal of finding her 16th great-great-grandparent, it was a logical jump to put that at the top of genealogy goals for 2011. The scary thing is, while Amy was quick to think GOAL, I was merely thinking out loud.” Suddenly, we were at Goals and Objectives, and “hey, this might really get done this year!”

    It always helps to have a buddy when there is a challenge at hand, and I was glad that Amy caught the ball and tossed it back to me to name Three Genealogy Goals for 2011.

    One Research Goal

    One Organizational Goal

    One Writing Goal

    While the first goal on Amy’s list was research, mine was all about writing family history. I recently borrowed the original parchment family genealogy researched and written by my Great Aunt Mercy Kinsel MacPhee. Until September of this year I had only seen poor photocopies made in the 1960’s. The original is a beautiful volume hand-illustrated in gilt and colored inks, and the owner would like to see it faithfully reproduced and shared with all the family. It’s a big job, but I need to see it through (or be left in Amy’s dust!).

    My research goal is a continuation of one started years ago that has been drifting along without conclusion – establishing the Chamblin/Chamberlain/Chamberlin link with my maternal grandmother. With FGS slated this year for Springfield, Illinois, Chamblin territory, I want to get my research all lined up so that I can do any on-site digging that will help with this puzzle. I hope Amy is able to come to FGS so we can swap tales at theconference.

    The organization goal is a tough one. This fall I moved from a PC to a Mac and in the transfer all my photos and documents were mixed up. I want to get everything nice and tidy again AND investigate new options in genealogy database programs now that I am using a Mac. I need to get my photos moved to an external drive and get my back up plan in place. There is a lot of work to do here, but the first step is just making a plan and moving forward. Amy’s scanning schedule is inspirational; maybe I’ll work up something similar.

    Amy gives me too much credit for coming up with this challenge; it takes a buddy to make this work, and I feel pretty lucky she was there to throw out the first ball.

    So, genealogy friends, what are you doing in 2011?


    Treasure Hunt Challenge Round-Up: Just Look What We Found in Our Cupboards & Closets & Boxes!

    Official Treasure Hunters Badge by footnoteMaven

    Treasures abound from the Treasure Hunt Challenge posted at The Family Curator in mid-September. Congratulations to the brave adventurers who accepted the challenge, and then went on to follow their maps and "dig" for buried treasure.

    It has been encouraging to know that many family historians and genealogists share a common obstacle – a certain closet, box, or cupboard that just refuses to yield all its secrets. It's the one place to stash something special, but it can also be the one place forgotten when we go looking for that gem again. Thank you for joining me, hunters, and especially for sharing your treasure tales will all of us.

    Some hunters were so eager to find a treasure that they completed their quest before the ink was dry on their maps!

    Hats off to First Responder, Wendy Littrell at All My Branches Genealogy who found a box of treasures right before her very eyes – on her vanity! She tells more about her discovery and shares photographs in "X Marks the Spot." I think we must all wish we had a box like yours, Wendy.

    Coming in a close second, Midge Frazel at Granite in My Blood not only FOUND Treasure, she presents a model Archival Treasure Chest complete with supply sources, photographs, and evaluation in "Treasure Chest." I discovered a new archival resource from her post, and a reminder to preserve, preserve, preserve. Thanks, Midge.

    Tucked away on a closet shelf, footnoteMaven found an archival box with a treasure saved for "another day." We are delighted that the day is here and we can share in your discovery, fM. She introduces the treasure in a note "The Way It Was" and promises a series of articles at Shades of the Departed "relating to the Victorian custom of visiting cards." This sounds like an intriguing new series; I can hardly wait!

    At CanadaGenealogy, or 'Jane's Your Aunt', M. Diane Rogers organized and preserved the treasures on a bookshelf, and discovered a wonderful family letter she transcribes in "Genea-Blogger Treasure Hunt – Report." I love reading other people's mail, and this letter from Diane's "Aunty Grandma" is a true treasure, thank you.

    "I've Gone about as Far as I Can Go in my Treasure Hunt," declared Linda Steinstra at From Axer to Ziegler. Oh, to have only that one box! Linda shares great photos of family medals, photographs, and mementos and adds a descriptive note of provenance to each family heirloom. The last bit is something we so often overlook; thanks for the nudge, Linda.

    While many people are thinking about their stock investments these days, Julie Tarr at GenBlog is trying to figure out if her old stock certificates might still have some value – from 1914! She did the background checks for "The Stock Search Begins" and is now researching further. Now, wouldn't it be a treat, Julie, if one of those companies were still in business?

    Becky Wiseman at kinexxions teased us with a sturdy cardboard box, unopened since moving day. In "So, What was in that Box?" she cuts the tape and pulls back the flaps to reveal some true retro treasures and then, a treasure beneath a treasure. Sometimes those are the hardest things to find, so sealing the box for another day is the best thing we can do. Good questions, Becky, good thoughts.

    Concluding our Treasure Hunt Challenge, after much procrastination and angst The Family Curator finally did reopen The Magic Cupboard. Fearful that the magic was gone, she was much relieved to find that is was in fact still there, and revealed a wonderful travel photo album and accompanying travel journal complete with expenses for the trip. You can read about my surprise at "Treasure Found! A Clue to Military Service in Vacation Photographs."

    Thank you again, treasure hunters for accepting the Challenge. You deserve to proudly fly the Official Treasure Hunters Flag designed by footnoteMaven. Congratulations on your bounty!

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