Friday, May 31, 2013

I'm an Aussie, so my family came from somewhere else.

I've been trying to do a 'picture' or something graphic to depict the first people in the family to immigrate to Australia.  No results, perhaps as I am not too artistic.  Recently I noticed a post on Genealogy Gems Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GenealogyGems?fref=ts) about railway scrolls, and how they could be used for Genealogy.

This led me to this :


And this is what I am going to ask my family for at Christmas time.  There are lots of places that do canvas prints these days, and you can get a 90cm x 135 cm for about $A 150.00.   I played around with justifying all the text, which means it would look more like a tram scroll, but it did not seem to work as well.  Here is what a normal scroll looks like:



So, how do you get a "photo" like this ready for them to print?
  1. First check what format the company you are getting the print done wants from you, usually though, it is a jpeg.
  2. If you are good at photoshop, then this is probably the easiest and best quality way to do it.
  3. The next way that I suggest is to mock it up in Microsft word, then snip or SnagIt and save as a jpeg.
  4. Some companies specialise in these types of scrolls, and have automated the process, but this does not allow you to change fonts etc. and it will all be justified as above.  On the upside, it will look like an antique scroll.
There are lots of funky designed scrolls out there, just search bus scroll on google and you will see what I mean.  It has given me some ideas for other scrolls about the family.

Check out this blog, which has a project around ratabastor - ing!  - see below what that is.



For me, this has crystallised by research, and I want to concentrate on finding out more about these particular ancestors, the ones who came here.  What, for instance was happening in 1855 in the UK and Australia that made my family board boats and sail half way around the world?

And remember.....
“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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