If you know me, then you know that I’m a scrapbooker. That’s right, I scrapbook, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. There are many reasons why I choose to scrapbook my daily life and the lives of my past and present family members, but the most important reason is that it captures a snapshot for posterity. Unlike photo albums, scrapbooks document stories, not just images. They provide viewers with a fuller picture of who we are, what we do, what’s important to us…in other words, all the things that we as genealogists strive to discover about our ancestors.

For nearly 200 years, scrapbooks have served as a way of documenting lives. Each one was created by someone for a particular purpose, and each one is entirely unique.