Ancestral Notes

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I’m The One Holding The Camera!

I have been looking through my photos, getting ready to scan a lot of them, and I was reminiscing, as we all do when looking at family photos. I found all of the pictures I have of my mother, not very many, either she was on the other end of the camera or there was no camera available to take pictures.

I started looking at how many pictures I had of myself, not too many, and I decided that I would have to start letting other people take pictures so that my kids would have some photos to remember me by. I can’t use the excuse of not having any cameras around, I have a 35mm Minolta, two digital cameras and hubby has one on his phone, but I’m usually the one taking pictures. What I have to do from now on is either have a mirror in the picture that I’m taking, get my timing right so I can use the timer on the cameras or let someone else take some of the pictures.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has done this, whether you are the one behind the camera or you are camera-shy and don’t like your picture taken. Take stock of the pictures that you have of yourself, and see if you are satisfied with what you are leaving for future generations to remember you by. What do they collectively say about your life? Do they show a mosaic of who you are, what you enjoy doing, where you’ve traveled, the milestone events in your life, the humourous times? If you aren’t, then give the camera to someone else the next time you take it out, and “Smile”.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Celebrity Look-alikes

From Randy at Genea-musings – It’s Saturday Night again – are you ready for some Genealogy Fun?

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to find which celebrities that have the same facial features that you (or someone else you choose) have. Here are the directions:

1) Go to http://www.myheritage.com/ – you don’t have to be a registered member to use this feature. Click on the “Celebrities and Fun” tab.

2) Click on the “Celebrity Collage” tab, and then on the “Create my Collage” button.

3) Upload a photograph with your face (or another person’s face) to the site (the face must be at least 100 x 100 pixels) and click on the “Run face recognition” button.

4) Select a collage template, and the faces (up to 8) to go into the collage template. Click on “Next” and “Preview” your template, which should bring up the template for you to review. You could click on “Save” and it would go off to your selected social networking site.

5) Figure out how to show your collage on your blog or social network site (I have my own process defined below).

6) Tell us which celebrities that you (or your selected person) look alike – write your own blog post, make a comment to this post or on Facebook.

7) Think about how you could use something like this as a Christmas gift.

Here’s Mine:

I was told when I was younger that I looked like Susan Dey, she didn’t even make the list!
I think it all depends on the photo you use, or in my case, whether you wear make-up or not!
I think I should maybe start wearing make-up, lol. I don’t think you could use this for a gift, maybe along with a Shopper’s Drug Mart gift card?

Filed under: Daily Genealogy Blogging Themes, Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, ,

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