After collecting family details and records, do you ever wonder what to do with the information?
Family history is more than just key names and dates, it’s also about the stories that make your family unique. There are many ways to record your own family history:
It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. After my grandfather passed away, my mom and I put together a family history book to share with everyone at our summer picnic. My grandpa did most of the hard work by collecting many family names and dates. So to honour his memory and showcase his hard work, we put it all together in a nice coil bound book.
It told his story and had a detailed record of our family tree going back several generations. Everyone paid $10 for a book (to cover the printing costs) – a fairly small fee for the wealth of information it provided.
It can be as simple or as complex as you want. It all depends on the time you have available, and of course the budget. Try to keep in mind who you are doing it for – yourself, your own family, or all of your extended family?
No Family Tree is Ever “Complete”
There is always more information that can be added, or more names to search for. If you want to put together a printed family history, it helps to have a deadline – perhaps a family function. It can serve as a starting point to get family members talking about your ancestors, and encourage them to dig in their own files for old photos, letters and documents, and recall stories they remember most. Plus it can help to have other family members verify spellings of names, dates and locations.
If you are interested in printing a family history book, consider adding other visual elements. In addition to including important family records and pedigree charts, include:
Not Sure How to Write Your Own History?
If you want to interview relatives to tell their story, visit This Is Me Challenge for a comprehensive list of questions to ask.
What do you do with your family history information?