Photographs in a Family Tree
by Vicki Ruthe Hahn
SGS – Stateline Genealogy Sorter
My family collaborated on creating a 6-generation family tree including photographs. Our main motivation was to get something for our Mom (Daisy Bennett Ruthe) to enjoy. She has been having dementia for several years, and wanted a picture of each person, so that she could remember who each one was, and who belonged to who.
My sister Chris used a great on-line photograph book-making program, http://mikescamera.com/books-full.html , to make family memory books. She photographed my (second) wedding and made a book for my husband and I. (Look for promo discount codes online for Mikescamera). Mom doesn’t know that she will be getting a book soon also.
The program that Chris used for the photograph family tree is Aperture, but she is not sure Apple still supports it.
Another (genealogy fan) sister, Melodie, and I helped Chris with the dates and names of the 6-generation ancestors. A third cousin (Ancestry.com DNA test respondant!) sent me several family photographs so that we could add more faces for our ancestors which we did not have in our photography collection.
Chris put in different silhouettes for any ancestors that we did not have photos for. This is the top part of the large sheet, which Chris had laminated. I did not include any living relatives in this photo (3 more generations.)
Our Mom, Daisy, is here ↑
and here. ↓
Daisy was happily surprised, “Just What I needed!” She had a great time re-discovering all of her family/ancestors, and her grand/great-grand children. It literally took me a couple of minutes before I could take this photograph. My camera phone was balking, and I had to reboot the camera before it would work. Mom was still pointing out folks.
Chris insisted that we had to get this project finished and get it to Mom asap. She was right.
I have been away from work and too busy to post on my BLOG lately. My Mom has been in the hospital for observation due to her having visual hallucinations. The diagnosis is not final yet, but it looks like a more severe form of dementia. As POA, I will be even more busy with helping her.
The good thing is that I have been able to spend lots of time with her, and am writing down all of her Daisy Stories as she tells us her memories.
Don’t wait. Always let your people know that you love them, and record their stories.