Sunday, July 22, 2007

Welcome to the Turnbull Clan Blog

Welcome Turnbulls!

This blog is for Turnbulls descended from David Turnbull (I) and Ruth Johnson Turnbull and their 11 children.

There was a bit of discussion this year at the reunion about sharing old photos and letters among one another. It seems like all of the Turnbull artifacts are equally spread out among everyone. I thought this blog might be a good solution to that problem. I wanted to figure out a way to share these special items with everyone
without risking loss or damage or poor image quality. Reading a transcribed letter from a grandmother is nice, but it such a deeper experience to see the age of the paper it was written on and the quality of their handwriting. So here is what I propose to do...

-I would like to update this blog with material from all of the Turnbull. That can include important documents, photos, letters, big on. It would be best if these materials would interest relatives outside of your immediate family.

-At some point in the future I would like to compile a "best of" book from these materials for everyone to have. This will of course depend on the amount of stuff that is collected.

-I want to hear from you! The only way this will work is if everyone participates. Pull out those boxes you have in storage. Pick out some good photos, good excepts from letters, postcards, birth announcements, marriage certificates, newspaper clippings... whatever! Please do not submit 50 page documents. Try to self edit a little bit. Make sure it is something the rest of the family will want to see.

So that is the plan. Now you may be asking several questions...

Q:How should I submit things?

A:You can email me content here:
Please include as much information about the content as possible. (dates, people pictured...) Keep the total email size to under 10 MB please. If you have several large photos you may need to send them over a couple of emails. You can also try zipping the files to shrink the size.

Q:What format should it be in?

A:Please scan documents at 300 dpi in jpeg format. I will scale down the documents to post online and save the full version for possible printing later on. Please try to use the original documents if possible, steer away from photocopies.

Q:I don't have a scanner, what should I do?

A:I don't know yet to be honest. I think I will be able to have people send me materials through snail mail so I can scan them, but I'm not ready for that yet, I'll have to see how much interest there is before I have anything sent to me.

Q:How else can I help?

A:Thank you for asking that, you are a good person. If there is a lot of interest in this than it will translate into a lot of work; more than I will be able to handle. So If you are interested in updating the blog and posting content, let me know.

Feel free to email me with any further questions or ideas you may have:

There are several things I have in mind for the blog, but this is a good starting point. Check back in from time to time to see whats new.


Jesse Turnbull (Jim and Ellie's son)

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