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Family Foto Friday

Grandma's Diary

Lori Krause • September 28, 2018

I think becoming a Photo Organizer and Photo Life Manager was a natural fit for my love of family history and genealogy research. I’ve mentioned in previous blogs about great grandparents coming from different parts of the globe; some that I only kind of knew from family members talking about them over the years. I’ve learned some of the more specific details through our modern technology that has made research easier. I wish all of my relatives would have left some notes about who they were, and as I’m sure many others have thought themselves, I wish I would have asked more questions.

My memories of my great grandma Eulah Hurst are of when she was already elderly with dementia, but fortunately, she left us a gold-mine within a few of her handwritten notebooks. She was a religious woman, so some of her pages are filled with transcriptions from the Bible and her thoughts on some of the verses. There are also diary pages filled with what the weather was like and who may have stopped in for a visit. Thank goodness she had the thought that someone may want some information about where she came from. Like me, who wishes she would have or could have asked more questions because Great Grandma Eulah had these questions too.

I love her description of her grandfather, who was my great-great grandfather. His name was Jasper Newton Matthews and he had ‘iron gray whiskers’ that matched his hair and that his wife, Rebecca, was a small woman with white hair. I can imagine that my great grandmother looked very much like her mother by that description.

I treasure these notebooks and have struggled over the years with what to do with them. I do have a scanner, but when I tried to scan the pages within the notebook, they just didn’t turn out right and I was NOT going to dismantle the notebook. Thanks to the services at Heartland Imaging, I am now on a mission to get these treasured pages digitized and preserved.

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You can contact me about how to preserve your photos, negatives, and non-photographic items at or call Heartland Imaging KC at (816) 492-7974.

Lori Krause

Lori Krause

Lori Krause is a Photo Organizer and Photo Life Manager. As a photo life manager, she treats your photos and your memories as if they were her own. She provides personalized, local service to organize and preserve photos. Then works with her clients to tell the stories behind the photos.
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