How to Create an Heirloom Family Tree Book
A Family Treasure to Pass Down
Creating a family tree book is easy and fun and will become an heirloom to pass down to generations to come. Including a variety of mediums will keep it interesting, informative, and make it most personal.
Items You'll Need:
- Start with a large three-ring binder and plastic page inserts. This allows you to add easily to the book when you find new information for a particular section, and the plastic pages will protect the various materials you use. I made a pretty soft book cover for mine. You can also purchase covers at craft stores and scrap-book supply stores.
- You can sketch out simple charts for names and dates of relatives on each branch of your family tree, or you can create a more professional look using Microsoft Word or Excel.
- Mount photographs you have or take pictures of large old framed family photos you and your relatives might have on display.
The process of building most of my book was particularly fun in that I visited relatives and asked for stories to include. My grandmother gave me an account of how she escaped to the United States from Russia in the early 1900’s when she was just seventeen.
Items I Collected for My Family Tree Book
- I collected birth, death, marriage and baptismal certificates.
- There are photographs of tombstones, cemetery plot records and funeral cards, even letters and cards relatives wrote.
- I also did online research and research at libraries gathering copies of census reports, ships logs etc. We have a relative that was on the Eastland Ship when it rolled over in the Chicago River so there are newspaper articles and company newsletters describing that event.
- There are letters from government officials congratulating my grandmother on her 100th birthday celebration and of course lots of photographs of all the relatives.
There is no limit to what you can include to make your book meaningful and a rich record of your family’s history. The future generations of your family will appreciate your labor and the preservation of your family’s history. Imagine if one of your relatives had created such a book 100 years ago and passed it down to you!
Have fun with this worthwhile hobby. ♥