About Elaine


Elaine researching in the Ohio Co., KY Courthouse


These family history pages have been created by me so that I may preserve the history of my ancestors for my descendants. 

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 family heritage album like the one I had created on my own family. So I started putting together notes and then they asked me to teach classes to their customers. So I started teaching classes to teach people how to create their own heritage albums. And my own customers started bringing me their vintage family photos to have me help them 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 the 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 20 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 member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and numerous lineage societies and organizations

Contact me at Elaine64@aol.com.

4 thoughts on “About Elaine

  • Ellen Sutton

    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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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