About Elaine


Elaine researching in the Ohio Co., KY Courthouse

Everyone asks me why I am called The Heritage Lady. When I first became a Creative Memories (CM) scrapbooking instructor in the 1990s, I started working on a heritage album to preserve the photos, stories, and genealogy of my family. Several of my CM consultant friends started asking me to share my knowledge of how to do genealogy research and how to create a heritage album with them. So I started putting together notes and then they asked me to teach classes to their customers. So I started teaching classes to help people to create their own heritage albums. And my own customers started bringing me their vintage family photos to have me help them to date or identify them. Then somebody called me “The Heritage Lady” because she couldn’t remember my name. The name stuck! I self-published my book and they rest, as they say, is history!

My name is Elaine Hatfield Powell and I have been a genealogist for over 30 years and a scrapbooker for over 45 years. I have been a professional scrapbooking instructor for over 17 years. I’ve combined my knowledge of family history research and scrapbooking into a book and a class that instructs others how to create their own family heritage album. I teach class attendees and readers of my book how to incorporate their family photos, genealogy, family history, memorabilia, and family stories into a family heritage scrapbook that will surely be a lasting legacy for any family.

I also teach classes to genealogists on several subjects. See the Classes Taught page for a listing.

I am a Past President of the Central Florida Genealogical Society and was on their Board of Directors for 12 years.  I am currently the Coordinator of both the Hobday/Hobdy and Hatfield DNA Projects. I am a member of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and the Society of Florida Archivists. I am a frequent contributor to several genealogical publications. I am a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Colonists, First Families of St. Louis, and the Claiborne Society. I am a board member and webmaster for the Bridger Family Association, and the Historian and webmaster for the Drawdy-Rouse Cemetery. I am also a member of several regional historical and genealogical societies including the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Tidewater Genealogical Society, Wilson County (NC) Genealogical Society, Isle of Wight (VA) Historical Society, St. Louis (MO) Genealogical Society, and the KYOWVA Genealogical and Historical Society, among others.

4 Responses to “About Elaine”

  1. Ellen Sutton says:

    I am descended from john james, Christopher james, Edmund james, Garland James, Henry James, Fleming Wills James. Most of the family stayed in Virginia until after the Civil War when they moved to Texas. I am most interested in the exact locations of Armsfield Plantation and Martins Hundred. I would also like to find cemeteries where some of these Jameses were buried. It seems you have done a lot of research in this area of virginia. I thought you might have some suggestions for me.

    Thank you

    Ellen Sutton

  2. Ellen Sutton says:


    the email is ellen.sutton@gmail.com. I dropped one l in the address of the first email.


  3. Hello Elaine,

    Hoping that this note finds you and yours well. Thought I would stop by and leave this note and ask if you had recieved my emails from mid-July. I really hope that you are ok and just really too busy to reply with all those classes and geneo-projects going on.

    All the best,


    Blessed are the Ancestors because they are why I AM.

  4. Thank you for your emails Elaine! I sent you my gedcom file via my yahoo mail account as I am still out of the country and using webmail. Just confirming that here. Thank you again!

    All the best,


    Blessed are the Ancestors because they are why I AM.