Some time ago I borrowed a group of old Richardson family photos from my mother's first cousin Ralph living in Washington state. Some photos had captions on the back, and as I asked questions about the others I wrote the responses on the back. Only a few mysteries remained.
My best laid plans to scan, digitally enhance and organize these pictures took much too long to fulfill (I can't blame it all on temperamental scanners!). But I am pleased to announce that they have all been scanned and at least partially enhanced (although some were badly blurred and/or damaged), and have now been mailed back. But I wanted to do more with these photos.
Earlier this fall I had created a digital photo book for my mother's Andrew, Richardson and Compton heritage (see blog posting in Sept 2013), which has now been printed. Rather than trying to include all my family photos in one book, I thought it was better to attempt smaller and more manageable projects that would be more achievable and affordable. So I focused in on my mother and her Andrew family, with a bit about her Richardson and Compton ancestors. That book became an overview, only 22 pages, only 5 of which showcase the Richardson line. And there is almost nothing on the current generations. It was a great start!
With such stories to tell, I decided to create another digital photo book, focusing on the Richardson line, specifically the descendants of Sydney Richardson and Isabella Harriet "Ella" Compton, my maternal great-grandparents and parents of both Melbourne and Nell. My original plan was to include all of the photos I had borrowed, so I could send a copy of the book as a thank you gift for the extended loan. Then I decided to include a few of my own photos to support a back story on the Richardson origins, and to tie the various subjects together. But as I progressed through the project (which I worked on almost constantly for over 2 weeks!), more and more related photos crept onto the pages. By the end, I had a total of 50 pages (in 8" x 8" format), again without covering most of the current generations. It was enough! Two copies of the book are now on order, and I look forward to receiving my copy in the mail before Christmas.
If the book below won't load, please try this link to the Richardson book on Shutterfly.