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Heritage -- Article

This is an easy yet trendy layout made with a lot of paper cutting, chipboard stickers, and handwritten journaling.


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Borja Family Meeting -- Article

An artist scrapbooks a seminal moment in her family’s past. 

Borja Family Meeting
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Our Love Is Growing -- Article
Reach back in time to scrap those precious family photos.  

Our Love Is Growing

Wat Pra Keo, Thailand -- Article

This fun and colorful double-page layout beautifully captures a family’s vacation to Thailand. 

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Wat Pra Keo, Thailand

Leona -- Article

There is so much more to our heritage than just dates and documents – our heritage is the story behind those dates and documents 

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To Dos for Chris from Mom -- Article

As a graduation gift for her son, this mom created an album around the theme of life goals she wanted him to accomplish using favorite photos from each year of his life. 

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To Dos for Chris from Mom

The Wedding Dress -- Article
A special wedding dress, passed down from one generation to the next, links past and present in a series of meaningful layouts. 

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The Wedding Dress

Spring Back to Manila (3rd Balikbayan) -- Article
A dear friend’s third return visit to the Philippines provides the inspiration for this colorful scrapbook page. 

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Party Animal -- Article
The birthday themed collection of papers and embellishments worked perfectly for this little boy’s 9th birthday party layout.

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Party Animal

Winter in Beijing -- Article

The sunny colors in this layout chase away the chill of a family’s winter trip to Beijing.

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Winter in Beijing

Our Best Day -- Article
Your most memorable days don’t always result in your best photos; but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn them into great layouts!

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Our Best Day

Family -- Article
A family says a final farewell to their patriarch during a seaside vacation.

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Postcard from Serapa -- Article
Out of Africa and onto a scrapbook page. No matter the locale; the focus is on family.

Postcard from Serapa

Grandmom -- Article
When a loved one’s memory begins to falter, it’s all the more important to remember them “the way they were” thru scrapbooking.

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Do Your Best -- Article
This page complements the neutral tones in the photo, while adding a big punch of color through the embellishments.

Do Your Best

Amazing Dreams -- Article
The best family trips are a mix of fun and education. But, just like in scrapbooking, the most important lesson is to HAVE FUN and enjoy the process!

Amazing Dreams
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One Year, One Family -- Article
It took a double-page layout to scrap all the adventures of this globe-trotting family!

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One Year, One Family, Four Continents

Sweet Summer -- Article
The memory of baby’s first summer is captured in this bright and playful digital layout.

Sweet Summer

A Walk Down Memory Lane -- Article
Preserving memories, sharing history and creative expression are just some of the reasons we scrapbook.

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Qui Sont-ils? (Who Are They?) -- Article
Their histories may be lost, but their names and faces are preserved as part of a family heritage album.

Qui Sont-ils? (Who Are They?)

Symphony of Life -- Article
This beautiful scrapbook page celebrates a father’s life for his 81st birthday.

Symphony of Life

Baby It Is Cold Outside -- Article
Sometimes the kid you want to scrap – is you! This cute layout may just inspire you to scrapbook your own childhood photos.

Baby It Is Cold Outside

My Dad’s Cars -- Article

Photos of her parents with their cars led this artist on a sentimental journey.

My Dad’s Cars

Johanna Jetziger -- Article

This artist created a lovely, vintage-look layout to tell the story of her grandmother who had such an important impact on her life.

Johanna Jetziger

Capturing Everyday Moments -- Article
I started scrapbooking in 2000. I love working with heritage photos and trying to remember a story or something I was told from back then. My supply of vintage photos isn’t extensive, so I try to give each one a story about what made that moment special.

Capturing Everyday Moments

25 Years -- Article
This year is our 25th wedding! When I was young and first married I remember thinking our parents were pretty old when their 25th rolled around. I no longer think that. Convenient, eh? Now I think of it as romantic and a measurement of life. Just a stop along the journey of marriage, but such a cool one!

25 Years

Three Little Guinea Pigs -- Article
Guinea pigs are some of the best pets. My guinea pigs are practically part of my family so of course I have to scrapbook them. My guinea pigs even have their own bathtub so of course I had to take a picture of them in it.

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Take Comfort -- Article
I will be the first one to admit, I love “white space”-space on my layouts where there is nothing! This layout is no exception! I am also a fan of the “design triangle”. When designing, things always seem to work better in three's. And item placement on a layout is no exception! I often make everyday photo's the focus of a layout. My son sleeping with his Daddy at this young age is a fleeting moment, and yet cherished, and meaningful!

Take Comfort

A Mother’s Love -- Article
A couple of years ago my husband snapped some photos of me and our son on my birthday. It was early evening, and Jamie was about to go to bed. He was a bundle of tired energy and didn’t want to sit still. (Actually, thinking back on it now, all that birthday cake was probably a contributing factor to the wriggles too!) Anyway, these photos are my favourites from that day, as they show the fun, loving relationship my son and I have. The background paper brings a beautiful richness and warmth to the page, which is accentuated by the luxurious braids.

Follow Your Bliss He Has My Eyes

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10 Months -- Article
This layout was created after capturing some of my favorite pictures of my daughter this fall. Because I loved her 10 month pictures so much, and I was proud of the photography I captured I wanted to display it in a unique and creative way. Plus, I couldn’t resist scrapping her sweet little face. Stitching was also a new technique I wanted to try. I pulled out my sewing machine and this was only the second layout I had ever stitched on. I now love stitching on layouts and cards!

Look Whoo’s 10 Months

Little Dolls -- Article
My Aunt Nancy and my mother, Joan, were terrorized as children by a nasty pet goose inappropriately named Fluffy. Whenever they played outside with their dolls, it was on this picnic table where he couldn’t reach them. My mother still harbors ill will toward Fluffy. This picture was taken by my Grandfather in 1954.

Little Dolls

Remember -- Article
This layout was inspired by a story that I didn’t want to get lost through the years. I had some of the toy tractors Papa had given the boys, when they were small, so I asked him to hold them-what a perfect back drop to “tell the story”.


Eugene Dake Whiteman -- Article
I did this layout to pay tribute to my maternal great grandfather, who along with my maternal great grandmother raised my mother for several years after her mother, their daughter, died when my mom was only 5 years old. He was the light of my mother’s world when she was small.

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Century of Weddings -- Article
I was inspired to do this project for a challenge. The inspiration layout for me was Life Flashes Before Our Eyes by Lisa Storms. Lisa created her layout to mimic the look of a film strip. Within the filmstrip, she placed old photos of her grandfather, spanning his life from childhood to adulthood. I have a lot of old photos of my grandparents and great grandparents that I have been wanting to scrapbook, but I just needed the right inspiration and Lisa's idea seemed very appropriate for my theme of weddings that occurred in my family in the last 100 years.

Century of Weddings
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It’s the Little Things -- Article
This page was designed to showcase the 4 x 6 photo with my "grands" hands in the bowl of peas, capturing their little hands to remember for years to come.

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Family History -- Article
When I found this photo of my grandfather and his family I immediately knew I was going to scrap it. I think my grandfather was about 10 when this photo was taken. He was the eldest son. You can see his 3 little brothers and 4 little sisters in the photo as well. His father was a lawyer, but during WWI he was serving the army when this photo was taken.

Family History

Scrapping Your Heritage -- Article
This page was created as a result of a heritage challenge to scrap some photos from your past which your parents/grandparents might have taken which made you say “huh?” or “why?” These are some old photos of news events that my grandmother/mother took from their old black and white television.


Legacy of Love -- Article
This is a photograph of my husband’s grandparents, whom he loved dearly. One day while going through some photos to scrap, this picture jumped out at me. As soon as I picked it up, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. Mr. and Mrs. Wycough were married in their teens, had 4 children, and were together until Grandma passed.

Legacy of Love

My Daddy -- Article
I made this page to remember a special moment between my dad and I at my wedding. I was fine the whole day except for 2 times - when my dad saw me for the first time and during our Father/Daughter dance. Anytime my dad and I were together we cried like babies. This page is just a reminder that I will always be daddy’s little girl.

My Daddy

About A Boy -- Article
My digital layout came about during the Amazing Digiscrapping Race Season 4. I created this layout “About a Boy”. I wanted to show how two mothers came together as a team because of our love for scrapbooking and more importantly a wonderful boy that we have in common. There is nothing stronger than the love you have for your child.

About A Boy

In Triplicate -- Article
Whenever I have a chance to see my niece, I try to take as many pictures as possible so I am able to capture her many facial expressions and quirks. In turn, I have a difficult time picking out pictures to use on layouts because to me, I end up liking nearly all of them. For the following two layouts, I kept it to three pictures because using an odd number of elements is pleasing to the eye.

Pretty in Pink We Said, She Said

Daddy's Love -- Article
My family is the most important thing in the world to me. Since I was a little girl I had wanted to be a mom, and I am so grateful to have married someone who is just as passionate about being a good father to our children. This layout includes a picture of my husband with our youngest daughter; a precious, tender moment that I am grateful has been captured forever. What a sweet thing it is to see my husband so lovingly holding my little baby knowing that he will love her, protect her and do anything in the world for her. There really is nothing in the world like a daddy's love for his little girls.

Daddy's Love

1, 2, Smile -- Article
This is a layout about Chloe trying to smile for the camera while she is sucking on her thumb. It's so fun to capture those expressions in progression. There are a few techniques that I've used in this layout. I've distressed the edges of the photographs using the steel ruler technique. The stitched circle in the layout is done using the dual tones and layered stitching technique. I've also created a strip with ruffles using ribbon and a few brads.

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Christmas Memories -- Layout

Christmas Memories

Vintage Photographs on Canvas Board -- Article
I am always looking for new ways to display my much loved family photographs. Here, I have added three photographs to decorated canvas boards. Once decorated, these canvases would look equally effective either hung on a wall or placed on miniature display easels. Placing them on an easel means they can be displayed on any surface eg. a table top, cupboard, within a book case or on a dresser, adding different dimensional adornment to your rooms.

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Survivors' Album -- Article
If life were not hard enough, imagine being diagnosed with breast cancer. Suddenly, a person’s life turns upside down and out of control. As an oncology nurse, I witness this everyday. People newly diagnosed with cancer are thrown into an emotional roller coaster that will forever change their lives. As a member of an amazing group of medical professionals, I am privileged to be part of a team that can help provide the necessary support to assist these women through their difficult treatment journey.

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Memories 2007 -- Article
Since their move to Florida, my aunt and uncle have been in touch with my grandchildren through phone calls, emails, cards, letters, small gifts for their birthdays and Christmas. I believe they are quite honored to have my grandson's middle name be Vincent, after my uncle. This year, we all traveled from Ohio to visit them. I thought it was appropriate to give them a gift of pictures that were taking throughout the year 2007 of the family. Of course most of the pictures are of my grandchildren, but other pictures include the rest of the immediate family.

Memories 2007 Mosaic

Inheriting History -- Article
As a child growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, picture taking in my family was a rarity. The only camera I remember my parents owning was a Polaroid instant camera and I think it was only used on Christmas. Unfortunately, I don’t have many photos of the homes we lived in, and none of my neighborhood friends. Thank heaven for a dear old aunt who never went anywhere without a camera hanging around her neck. I can remember a lot of eye rolling when my aunt would arrive at every occasion popping flash bulbs and lining everyone up for pictures, often times cutting off her subject’s heads. She had each and every picture made into a slide, and at every family gathering at her home she eagerly prepared for the viewing of the latest slides.

Gone Fishing

Remembering My Mom

Summertime Fun

Our High School Grad -- Layout

Our High School Grad

My Brother is My Hero -- Article
I created this layout as a tribute to my younger brother, Christopher. After a visit with him during the past Christmas holidays, I realized that time has gotten away from us and life has not been especially gentle for him. My brother had a recent bout with cancer that we pray he has defeated. His continued faith allows him the strength to face the day each morning.

My Brother is My Hero

Family Traditions: Memory Pages for Your Album -- Article
Preserving family photographs is so important and we lovingly compile albums for future generations to cherish. Once all our precious photographs are safely housed in beautifully decorated albums we maintain the history of our families for many generations to come.

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Family Heritage -- Article
From the time when I was a child I would climb up in my parent’s closet to pull down the family photo albums and just drink in every picture. I have always been one to want to know about where we came from and what makes us who we are. As an adult I began to search our history through family members,, and our photo albums. I was able to amass quite a bit of information.

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Family Tree -- Article
My grandmother recently passed away. We had a very close relationship and I didn’t realize what a great source of historical information she was until she was gone. I never had an interest in exploring our family history while she was alive. Now I feel like I not only lost my grandmother but all of her experience, knowledge and life. She feels farther away than ever, which only deepens my sadness. However, her death brought to light a new found interest in family history for me.







Family History: Sweetheart Pages -- Layout

Family History: Sweetheart Pages

Open Your Memory Bank Account -- Article
Crazy as it may seem, 2007 is almost out the door. Can you believe another year has come and gone seemingly faster than the last? Well kids, it’s true, the older you get the faster the years and our memory goes. We are challenging you to prepare for your future just like you do financially but with your memories before another year is gone.

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Journaling Part 2 -- Article
My sister was visiting me recently and I made this journal to remind her of some of the fun things we did. The idea is to add pictures of our time together in a mini album and fill the pages with journaling. Her visit is a piece of our family history we will always remember!

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Family History: Journaling Part 1 -- Article
Journal, journal, journal…we can’t stress the importance of journaling your memories enough. Our family history passes by every day and there is absolutely no way we can remember it all. Journaling keeps these memories alive. Chia Wald shares a Journal Book that tells the story of a site in her husband's hometown. It is a Flag Book with lots of spaces for photos and journaling.

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Remembering 9-11 -- Article
We often think of history as something that happened 50 or 100 years ago. It’s what we learned in history class that many of us found, well, boring. But history is not just about the first president, the war of 1812, or the first man on the moon. While these events were life changing for millions, we must not forget our current history. Think back six years from this month, and you’ll be remembering one of America’s most memorable and challenging events.

Remembering 9-11

Documenting Family Vacations -- Article
Most of my extended family lives in Chicago, nearly 2000 miles from my home. Aunts, uncles, great-aunts and uncles, cousins, and family friends fill my grandmother’s house in Chicago every Sunday. It’s a tradition that, miles away, I rarely get to be a part of. I often think about the years of laughter and great home-cooked meals shared in that house on Parnell. Oh, if grandma’s walls could talk, the stories they could tell.

Family History: Happy Birthday America! -- Article
We are a nation of immigrants. We are the renowned melting pot nation, and we all have a story to tell of how our ancestors came to America. I love hearing about my ancestors and watching documentaries about U.S. Immigration. This Fourth of July, as we celebrate America and all she stands for, we need to take time to remember our immigrant past.

Happy Birthday

A Father’s Day Tradition -- Article
What makes Dad great? Is it his laughter, his security, his stories, or is it simply everything about him that you love? Show him how much you appreciate all he is and all he does with a gift made just for him. We have some great ideas to help you start a Father’s Day tradition for your family now and for generations to come.

A Father’s Day Tradition

Family History: The Story of a Mother -- Article
A mother’s story is sometimes told from one generation to the next but the little things are often untold. The way Mom would wake up in the middle of the night just to check if you’re still breathing even when you were 15 years old - wouldn’t you want to remember that? All of the advice she gave over the years - wouldn’t you want to thank her for her wisdom?

Mother’s Garden of Love

Mother’s Loving Ways

She Speaks with Wisdom

Family History: Cookbookin’ Passover -- Article
At the start of the first night of Passover at the seder, the ritual meal at which Jewish families re-tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt and celebrate freedom, an important question is asked: Why is this night different from all other nights? The answers form the basis for the prayers and rituals that follow.

Cookbookin’ Pesach Mini Book

Cookbookin’: Passover Kugel Page

Family History: Exploring Irish Heritage -- Article
These projects are for beginner to advanced scrapbookers.

Are you interested in researching your family name and history? Whether or not you are Irish, now is a good time to create a page about your family name. Join me to explore Irish family heritage with three layouts, from beginner to advanced, including internet resources for your own research.

Family History: Love Stories -- Article
Grandma met Grandpa when she was just fourteen years old. It was love at first sight and a short three years later, they were married. Fifty years, four children, five grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren later, they still share the love they had as teenagers. They hold hands, steal kisses, and go out on dates just like when they were young. Well, they are young at heart only their dates start at 5:00 and they’re in bed by 8:00.

Family History: Love Stories

Family History: Preserving Wedding Documents -- Article
Weddings are a beautiful part of our lives. Your BIG day is priceless and deserves to be documented not just in your memories but in creative scrapbook layouts and safe long-lasting environments. Keeping your wedding invitations, licenses, and memorabilia tucked away in a box may not only be causing them harm but you’re less likely to pull them out and re-live all of the great memories. Here are a few tips to help you properly preserve your wedding documents and enjoy them day after day.

Family Wedding Documents

Family Wedding Documents

Family History: Cookbookin’ Family Recipe Calendar -- Article
When the family gathers for Thanksgiving or another of the winter holidays, it’s a great time to do a project together! Recipe calendars are easy to make and a fun memento. There’s no rule that January has to be the first month or that a calendar has to be only twelve months long, either! Assign a month to each person or family group. Send out the recipe cards well ahead of time, or spend time during the holidays filling them in while everyone is together. If you don’t have access to a coil binding punch, find a local copy center that is open long hours and use their services.

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Family History: Cookbookin’ Memories - Half-Hour Pages -- Article
When my family gathers, food is always an important part of the occasion. We celebrate birthdays with my mother’s famous chocolate cherry cake. We ring in the New Year with Grandma Rose’s noodle pudding and apple cake with honey sauce. We grieve together while sharing platters of fish and bagels with home made peach jam. Food, family and memories are firmly linked. The legacy of those who have died remains in their recipes, even as new ones are added by me, my siblings and extended family.

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Family History: Children and Their Stories -- Article
Children are full of the most wonderful stories, some happy, some sad and some beyond our imagination. Well, let’s imagine we keep those stories and when our children are grown, we give them the stories they wrote as a child to share with their children. Let’s imagine we guide our children to create their own scrapbook. It may not win first place in a contest but it will definitely be the grand prize in your heart and among your family treasures.

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Family History: An Album of Stories -- Article
So many times we hear, “I wish I had said this to him before he left” or “If I only had the words to say how I feel”. It’s difficult when someone leaves us, whether from our lives or simply from moving away physically or emotionally, and we often never say how we truly feel before it’s too late. What if you could let them know how you feel? What if you could capture and share these feelings now to give a glimpse of our lives to our families tomorrow? What if it was never too late? It’s possible and scrapbooking can help you do it.

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To Mom

Family History: Preserving Family Documents -- Article
We’ve talked a lot about gathering family history and want to give you a few ideas on how to preserve all of the documents you have been collecting. It’s important to keep these documents in a safe environment so you don’t risk losing your research and history. Future generations will be thankful you took the time to tell their story and preserve it for them to learn and enjoy.

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Family History: Researching Cemeteries -- Article
If you have begun the journey to discovering your family history, you may have learned more than you ever have imagined or you may be at a standstill as to where to go next. As your search continues, take time to research cemeteries. You might just find that missing link you have been searching for.

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Family History: Telling Your Story Part 1 -- Article
Compiling and organizing your family history can take a lot of time and energy but knowing your full life story makes it worth all the work. When you know your story, your family scrapbooks have new meaning. They show who you truly are and where you have really come from. This is a treasure no one can ever take from you so tell your story in beautiful books and albums. In this article, you will find ways to tell your story through scrapbook layouts and by having it told in a bound book.

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Family History: The Journey to Organizing Your History -- Article
The process of recording your family history is a journey. It may be a long and tiresome journey or a smooth ride, but however you get there the reward is priceless. You will have a compilation of life stories to share for generations to come. If you have done your research and conducted family interviews, you are ready to compile and organize all of the information you have collected.

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Family History: Back into the Future - The Family Interview Process -- Article
Imagine going back in time and having a conversation with your great-great-great-grandmother. Imagine going back in time and discovering your great-great-uncle dined with dignitaries. Imagine uncovering mysteries and memorable events for your entire family to treasure. Unfortunately, you cannot physically go back in time, but you can reclaim your family memories by properly preparing and conducting family interviews.

Living Your Family History -- Article
Remember when you were a child, you asked your mom or dad, grandparents, uncles, and aunts to tell you the same family story over and over again? Then, you became a teenager and may not have wanted to hear how far Great-Great-Great Grandpa Joe had to walk to school for the umpteenth time. Now, you are all grown up and realize how important those stories truly are to your family.

Bringing Grandma to Life through Newspapers -- Article
The historical newspaper collection on contains over 6 million images from 600 newspapers! Their pages are filled with stories about people, current events, culture, and much more. The possibilities of what you may find in these pages to use in your scrapbook are endless. This article will teach you how to find newspaper articles on to help you create a “day in the life” scrapbook page.

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Finding Your Family History -- Article
This article contains layouts for all levels.

Do you have family stories that have been passed down from generation to generation? Have you ever wondered about the true history of these stories? Chances are that you only have a little tidbit of the whole tale. Combine your information with the computer, search engines and a supply of can make it a lot easier to investigate and track down these family legends. Read on to learn how to "Find Your Family History" never know what pieces of the past your family has claimed!

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Family Tree Maker

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