Archive for 2010
Genealogy art
Posted on: June 13th, 2010 by pj

A few years ago I started experimenting with how to present genealogy in something other than a family tree and I combined ‘altered art’ – using an old book, with digital scrapbooking and artist’s trading cards to come up with this:

I found an old book about gardening which seemed the right size and removed some of the pages. I glued the rest of the pages together and to the back board, I then cut out a niche.
I covered the book with mulberry paper, green on the exterior and cream on the interior. I glued aged lace, a photo in a found frame and a buckle. The buckle serves to keep the book closed and to keep the cards in.

I covered the niche and containing page with black lace fabric leaving it to overlap and covered the niche with burgundy crinkled satin-type fabric. I glued a matching ribbon to one side to make it easier to extract the cards.

I glued scraps of tissue newspaper, mulberry paper, a torn photo and a skeleton leaf to the inside front cover.

I made the ATC cards using digital scrapbooking techniques and a mini-book set from

Victorian soldiers were tough!
Posted on: June 7th, 2010 by pj

I’ve found a couple of Victorian soldiers in my line, so far and today I’ve been researching conditions.  In a word, grim!  Pay was 1s 1d a day (about 5.5p) and out of that they had to pay for food (about 6d/2.5p), uniform and its upkeep, medical expenses and any damages incurred to their accommodation.  Barracks were horribly overcrowded, badly lit and heated.  Rations were 1lb of meat and 1lb of bread a day, little or no vegetables or dairy produce.  Monotonous and ultimately unhealthy.  There was a lot of sickness.

Edwin Rainbow, 1851 – 1918
Posted on: June 7th, 2010 by pj

Edwin was born in Coventry, youngest child of James and Sarah.  Journalist and Registrar of Births and Deaths in Coventry.