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Why Journaling Is Important

Vital records and DNA can only tell us so much about an ancestor. It’s the photographs, letters, diaries and journals that bring them to life. Those of us lucky enough to inherit any of these from our ancestors are delighted to have a closer look into their world.

Today we have many ways to quickly capture a moment and share it with others. Our cameras will automatically embed the date, time and often location for us. With a little bit of effort, we can add a few words to better describe what is happening in each photo. This is journaling. What do you add? Consider the things you would love to know about the old photos in your collection and use that to help you describe today’s pics.

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What you see here is a photo I have “doctored” to look more like a painting. It got doctored because the original was very faded and needed help. Once the image looked the way I wanted it, I used the Collect app [iPhone – $1.99] to create the frame and add a title and caption. The date was automatically pulled from the photo’s metadata.

This is journaling. It didn’t take long to add the paragraph of information about this photo. Collect is just one of a number of journaling apps that make it easy to create eye-catching stories. Once you get into the journaling habit, your collection of little stories will quickly become a family history.