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Digital scrapbooking is really the way of the future. No more cutting, pasting, sticking slicing and choosing the right paper. This is all digital, and you can MAKE IT YOUR OWN. I have been working on a scrapbook for my dad the last couple of months. He is having memory issues, and I wanted to make something he could look at and maybe recount some good times throughout his life. I did a chronological story and added photos to go along with them. Different phases from childhood to marriage, military and good friends.

I have begun working as an Independent Publishing Consultant with Heritage Makers. You can make so many wonderful projects. Here are two pics of his album and a link to look a the rest of it. I hope he likes it.

If you are interested in making a similar project, or a story book such as I made my mom, please contact me. I can show you how with Heritage Makers. It is an easy system, no software to download. You simply go to their website, upload photos, store them in albums and ” Drag and Drop” them into a project. Add some embellishments and your own words, and that is it!!


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McCall Family

This is a picture of the MCall family that moved to Florida, from Irwin county Georgia.

McCall Family

This is Theo J McCall ( city manager of Plant City), Mamie Christine McCall ( my grandmother ) aka Nana, Clifford R McCall ( blacksmith ) and John R McCall, my great great grandfather.

Theo J McCall

Mamie C McCall

Clifford R McCall

John R McCall

Oaklawn cemetery in Plant City Florida.

Going Backwards

In order to trace your family tree, you have to go backwards. Start at yourself, then to your parents, and if you are fortunate enough to have grandparents, start with them. The grandparents will be aware more times that not, about their grandparents. These would be your great great  grandparents. This is easy enough by asking questions such as names. What was your mother’s maiden name. Where did your parents or grandparents meet? Which state were they born? Simple questions, yes, but, very important in establishing a starting point.

My first question was a simple one, I asked my grandmother what her mothers name was. She told me ” Maude Jeffers” . I never forgot it. At the time I was about 13 or 14 years of age. When I wanted to know about my family, I remembered back to that question. I had my starting point!!

My grandmother had given me my beginning. I had a name, a state where they lived in early childhood, a story about the death of her mother, and lots of questions about what happened to her mother at such a young age. I knew some information about my great grandfather Clifford R McCall. I knew he was a blacksmith while living in Plant City Florida. I knew he remarried, because Nana had a half sister. This would be Edith McCall Fountain. I knew little more than that. I started researching census records in Georgia. I had a book I bought in Plant City, that was written in part by Quintilla Geer Bruton, sister in law to Theo J McCall. It told a story of Clifford McCall and his workshop, the Sanders farm where they boarded and from Aunt Edith a story of Henry Ford paying my great grandfather a visit.

Clifford McCall met Maude Virginia Jeffers in Georgia, in a small town Ocilla. The  McCalls had come from Webster county somewhere in between 1900 and 1910. The Jeffers family had moved from Wilcox county which was neighboring Irwin. Maude’s father was Joseph U . Jeffers and mother was Lilla Boone. The only real story I have is from my grandmother, telling me her mother died very young of a brain tumor. The funeral card says it was pneumonia. I also know that Maude remarried Lee Woodall, that part is a mystery. They lived in South Carolina where she died in 1928. I have yet to find her headstone in the cemetery there.

Maude Virginia Jeffers

Clifford Riley McCall

Great Ancestors

Aunt Odessa and Uncle Theo

This is my great aunt and uncle on my paternal grandmothers side. I remember the trips we would take to Plant City, which was only about 1 1/2 hours from where we lived in Bradenton, Florida. I was always anxious to see the oak lines streets with moss and the azaleas in bloom. I thought they were they prettiest things I had ever seen. They lived on Saunders St, an area that I visited on my genealogy quest in March 2007. It did not look the same. The house was in disrepair, the mural which Odessa designed on the garage had been painted over, and the porch swing I sat on with Uncle Theo was gone. I remember one time while sitting on the porch with my uncle, he always seemed so smart to me, and the only thing I remember him telling me was, ” it’s important to be a good person”. I do remember that. My uncle Theo McCall had a great history with Plant City Florida. He served as City Manager of Plant City for nearly 27 years. He began as a firefighter, became a motorcycle policeman, superintendent of the streets department, Chief of Police then to City Manager. There is a park dedicated in his name in downtown Plant City. My Aunt Odessa was so talented. There was always something new she had crafted in their home. She always could make you laugh with her great sense of humor.

Below is the bust of Theo J MCall that is in the city hall in Plant City. Also, the McCall marker at Oaklawn cemetery.

McCall Marker, Oaklawn Cemetety, Plant City Florida

Theo J McCall

Theo J McCall

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