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    http://www.yearbookbook.com/ Free church directories http://churchdirectories.lifetouch.com/church_growth.shtml http://www.olanmillsdirectories.com/ Morris
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      http://www.yearbookbook.com/

      Free church directories
      http://churchdirectories.lifetouch.com/church_growth.shtml
      http://www.olanmillsdirectories.com/


      Morris Cookbooks has a Keepsake feature that could be adaptable for a
      directory, or yearbook, combined with a cookbook fundraiser.

      <<Families and organizations can make a keepsake cookbook to
      commemorate a reunion, anniversary, or special event. You will
      treasure the prized recipes, history, and traditions preserved in a
      keepsake cookbook. Your cookbook can contain poems, history, photos,
      and any other information you wish to include.>>

      Do a google search on how to collect oral histories, and you'll get
      lots of tips and leads on interiewing, collecting ... taping an
      interview is better for oldsters and children, and you can keep these
      in the church library, but use the material to write copy for your
      directory, yearbook, or other projects.

      The best time to collect church founding histories, and the histories
      of founding families is right now -- no matter how much time has gone
      by and how few are left:

      Preserving Your Family History > Photographs

      Make Photographs of Photographs!
      Are there some old photographs that your Great-Uncle Jim just won´t
      let out of his sight for duplication? If so, take a camera with you
      and take pictures of those pictures! You´ll get the best results using
      a basic single lens reflex 35 mm camera - not the auto focus type. The
      basic lens on your camera, usually not less than a 50mm lens, will
      usually focus close enough to copy the old photos.
      Click to Print - Rate - Email a Friend - Save

      Preserve Your Photo Heritage!
      If you find yourself with a large collection of old family
      photographs, make sure that you´re taking all the necessary steps to
      preserve them properly.

      The following sites can give you the information you need to make sure
      that future generations will be able to enjoy this aspect of their
      family heritage:

      Guidelines For Preserving Your Photographic Heritage by Ralph G. McKnight

      TIPS FOR PRESERVING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS AND DOCUMENTS by "JUST BLACK &
      WHITE´S"

      Black & White
      Did you know that black and white photographs last longer than color
      photographs? It´s true! The color images are chemically instable -
      especially Polaroid pictures.

      So, in order to preserve your memories as long as possible, make sure
      you take some black and white photos of any memorable family or
      historical events along with the color photos. Your
      great-grandchildren will be glad you did!

      Archive tip

      The best way to protect your scrapbook for future generations is to
      use an archival quality storage box. Place your scrapbooks spine down
      or flat in the box, depending on box design and scrapbook size.

      Audio/Video Histories

      Check Your Equipment!
      Before you go to your interview, test your equipment to make sure it
      is in good working order and that you know how to use all the features.

      Here is a list of items you should take with you:

      Address of interview location
      Map to interview location
      Interview questions
      Photographs or other items you want to ask about
      Pencils
      Paper
      Spare Batteries
      Extension cord
      Electrical adapter

      If an audio interview:
      Audio tape recorder
      Audio tapes

      If a video interview:
      Video camcorder
      Video tapes
      Tripod

      It is a good idea to remove any wrappings from the tapes and label the
      tapes ahead of time. This will cut down on interuptions during the
      interview which may break up the flow.


      Interview Organization
      If you keep losing trace of where you are in the process of obtaining
      and organizing your family history interviews, here´s a nifty little
      "Interview Tracking" form that can help you out:

      Interview Tracking Form



      Plan First!
      Before you begin interviewing members of your family, you need to sit
      down and make a few plans! Here are some things you need to consider:

      1) If you´re looking strictly for family history information - names,
      dates, places, etc. - start with your oldest relatives first. As we
      all know, but hate to think about, these loved ones won´t always be
      around to share their knowledge with us.

      2) Set an objective for your interview. Decide exactly what
      information you want to gain from the interview. Are you looking for
      names? Information about a certain event? Family stories?

      3) Make a list of those people who will be most likely to fulfill your
      research objective, and contact them to see if they are open to
      talking with you.

      4) Ask your interview subject to collect old documents or photos that
      will help trigger their memories and provide good fodder for interview
      questions.


      Preparing Interview Questions
      Once you´ve decided to do an interview, you need to prepare your
      questions.

      To get the fullest (and most interesting!) answers from your interview
      subject, you should avoid using close-ended questions - those that
      require only "yes" or "no" answers. Use open-ended questions that will
      encourage your interviewee to talk, such as "Tell me what you remember
      about your family´s first home."

      Once you have determined what questions you will ask, place each
      question on an index card for easy use during the interview.

      The following sites have lists of some great interview questions for
      your perusal:

      http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/quest.txt

      http://www.rootsweb.com/~genepool/oralhist.htm

      http://educate.si.edu/migrations/seek2/sample2.html

      Prevent Tape Disaster!
      If you are recording family interviews or oral histories, don´t forget
      to punch out the "tabs" on the cassette immediately after you finish
      with it.

      This ensures that what you have recorded cannot be erased.

      Safeguard Your Tapes!
      After you´ve finished taping an oral history interview, make sure to
      create back-up copies of the tapes and store the originals in a safe
      place - like a safety deposit box. These tapes are now important
      archival material!

      An article

      http://www.christianitytoday.com/yc/2001/001/11.74.html

      Pictorial Directory: It's a Snap!

      The fast, easy way to produce a directory that stays current

      by John R. Throop

      Blur is the title of a recent book on today's pace of living. Many
      churches are affected by blur, and their photo directories show it.

      It's not that the photos are unfocused. The technical quality of
      images in these directories continues to be excellent. The problem is
      that, for most congregations, a directory is outdated within a few
      months of its publication.

      Families grow or shrink. People move. Seekers come and go. Church
      leaders thus fret about the effort and expense of putting together a
      church directory with such a short shelf life that it's outdated
      before it even comes out in print. Yet with people coming and going so
      quickly, a photo directory has become more necessary than ever. Church
      members want to connect names and faces quickly, and the most
      efficient, least embarrassing way of doing that is to reach for the
      pictorial directory.
      Quick Turnaround Time
      One way to keep a church directory more current is to shorten its
      production time. "Speed really is a major concern of most churches,"
      says Renee Belina of Lifetouch, a church directory company. Church
      leaders want to know how fast they can get pictorial directories into
      the hands of members. And church members want to know how quickly they
      can see portrait proofs so they can order pictures for family and friends.

      With high-quality digital photographic equipment, professional
      photographers can seat family members and take pictures in minutes.
      Seconds later, family members can view images on a video screen and
      decide which pose they want for the directory and what photos they'd
      like to order. If pictures must be retaken, that can be done on the
      spot. Immediate selection of images to go in the church directory
      means a quicker turnaround time for compiling the directory.

      "Getting leaders to make decisions is always the challenge in working
      with churches," says Rich Restiano of Olan Mills Studio. "If they can
      give us a diskette of an accurate roster and some candid shots via
      e-mail or a diskette of church activities and groups, we can have a
      final proof of the directory at the church within 30 days. With a
      quick turnaround, we can have directories to distribute in an other
      two weeks."

      Lifetouch's new 20/15 program could allow a church's proof to be
      produced in 20 working days and its printed book in 15 working days.
      Do-It-Yourself Difficulties
      Though many churches shrink from the thought of compiling their own
      pictorial directories, some possess the database and imaging
      technologies to create them. How ever, even with advances in
      digital-camera technology, illustration software, and Web-site
      hosting, few people have the knowledge or the time to do a great job
      of getting a church family together for pictures.

      Producing a quality church directory poses significant challenges:

      1. Time. The process of running photos on a color printer, making
      color copies, and binding books for hundreds of individuals and
      families is time-consuming, frightfully expensive, and demands a very
      large computer memory.

      2. Image quality. It's difficult to get consistent image quality from
      people who are not professional photographers, Belina says.
      Considerable training and practice are needed to solve two distinct
      problems: First, the background and the lighting have to be just right
      to consistently highlight people. Second, the placement of individuals
      and families within a photo must be similar to achieve a uniform,
      professional look that reflects well on the church.

      3. Cost. Typically, churches pay little for professionally produced
      directories since portrait purchases by members fund the directory
      expense. If the church decides to produce its own pictorial directory,
      however, it must budget all of the expenses or find ways to pay for
      the project, either by charging for each directory or by selling
      advertising (another time-consuming job). Thus, many churches opt for
      the traditional, professional directory with church in formation and
      scenes from church life in the front, portraits in the middle, and a
      roster in the back.
      New Approaches
      According to church directory producers, most midsize churches produce
      a directory every three to four years, while larger churches put one
      out every five to six years. In response to specific requests from
      churches, however, some companies are offering products that will flex
      to stay more current. Here is what they are suggesting:

      A new package. "We're seeing a lot more churches interested in a
      three-ring binder or spiral-bound directory instead of a traditional
      soft-cover book," Belina says. With a binder, photos of new staff
      members or church members can be printed anytime and inserted into the
      binder rather than kept on hold till an entirely new directory is
      published. A trained church member with a good digital camera could
      produce these insert photos. Or Lifetouch offers an update program in
      which new members are professionally photographed and a high-quality
      inset is produced to up date directories.

      Smaller size. For convenience, church directory producers now offer a
      pocket-size version for people to carry with them. This small edition
      comes in handy when church members meet someone informally, then want
      to immediately look up their pictures to connect names and faces.
      Another trend is putting church directories in a CD-ROM format. As
      technology permits, that format can be adapted to put directories into
      a palm-size computer.

      Web directory. Another option is to put church photos on a secure
      section of a church Web site so that portraits, names, and addresses
      can be changed with just a few mouse clicks. This is convenient, but
      problems can arise: First, photos and graphics require significant
      download time, even with faster home computers. Who wants to wait for
      even a portion of a church directory?

      Second, there's the host-server problem. Does the church or its
      Web-site host have enough storage for the significant memory demands
      of a church directory? Third, how could churches guarantee the privacy
      and protection of member information? Many people do not want to re
      lease telephone numbers or addresses on the Internet. There's also a
      major concern about connecting names with photos. Ultimately, no
      system on the Internet is tamper-proof.
      Partner Well
      Whether churches use a traditional or a pioneering approach to their
      directory, the finished product continues to be the result of a
      partnership between the local church and the directory service. That
      means the church must do its best to schedule portrait sittings for
      all its members, to get all pictures of staff pictures and church
      activities done, and to proof directory copy in as short a time as
      possible. "We want to develop the best presentation possible,
      something a church can be proud of," says Restiano. "So the church
      must see itself as a partner and not hold the directory service at
      arms' length."

      The payoff for all that hard work is the day that the new directories
      are passed out to church members. This is one book that will be
      read—and reread—many times in the days to come.

      John R. Throop (jthroop@...) is a management consultant. He
      pastors Christ Church Limestone near Peoria, Illinois.



      Message 158


      This is the Library of Congress' Veteran's History Project. You can
      ask for a kit (click the main page)

      http://www.loc.gov/folklife/vets/vetform-biographicaldata.pdf

      If you and a friend take the time to collect from the veterans in
      your church, you will have a valuable experience in doing the same
      for the church history project and yearbook contributions.

      And you will have preserved local history for the National Library.

      Many of the tips and ideas are adaptable to a founding family
      history, or in general to teaching and learning to ask people about
      themselves. In many ways, we've lost the art of 'getting to know
      you' and asking people about themselves. How many times have we
      done or been subject to an entire conversation about nothing
      personal, or even a predominantly one sided conversation about only
      one thing, one person, etc. Sometimes, people have acquired such a
      fear that revealing anything about themselves (or asking another who
      they are or what they do or what's important to them) is misread as
      intrusive, a come on, or harboring some 'agenda'.

      A church project might be a good way to break that social ice in a
      purposeful way.

      And the various release forms and tips in this kit are very
      educational, too.

      Most yearbook minimums are 100, if you go to a professional yearbook
      publisher. http://www.mfdesignworks.com/hhs/start.htm

      Black and white is least expensive, and can be quite beautiful and
      artistic.


      If in your mind's eye you can see what is needed to record a year in
      the life of your church, use the disposable camera to get shots of

      feast day celebrations
      pilgrim out of town visitors to the church
      alumni members and reunions
      festivals and fundraisers
      ordinary days (priest at the church, visiting, etc.; fellowship
      hour, cooking, talking, etc.)

      workers in action
      council meetings
      mission outreach
      special events -- weddings, funerals, baptisms
      classes -- church school, adult, catechism, marriage preps

      If you want to have recipes and other stuff, or if you want to
      feature founding families in special areas. or if you want to put in
      the annual report or demographics on growth of the parish, those are
      easily put in a page.

      Remember to label everything about the photos you take (date, place,
      each person in there), for later indexing. When people get a
      yearbook, they will always look to the index to see who is in there
      and on what page, and visitors will want to see these, too.

      Remember, too, that your yearbook is also a history project and time
      capsule. Metrical records, weddings, baptisms, chrismations,
      funerals, etc., are all important to the year. Festal greetings
      from the bishops, photos from delegates attending missions and
      diocesan and clergy-laity conferences. Big diocesan events and
      struggles may be mentioned in dispassionate terms, even if your
      church has struggled with internal problems ... to ignore these
      histories may be worse than lying about it. Year by year, people
      (and alumni) will want to have one.
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