Family Tree Book

If you are compiling your family's genealogy, why not consider creating a family tree book? You can do this as a one-off scrapbook that becomes a unique family tree book. Otherwise you can create a pdf file that you can email to other members of your family who might like to print out their own family tree book. Alternatively print out copies for relatives and give them as gifts.

If you decide to compile your genealogy charts into some type of book-form, you can include all the additional information you find out about your ancestors. For example you could start with a basic family tree, and then write a section (or chapter) on each part of the line. Adding photographs, drawings or copies of documents like birth, marriage and death certificates, will enliven the document and add to its uniqueness.

You could even add diaries that relate to your life now, commenting on historical data, as well as facts you find out about your ancestors and the time and place in which they lived. Include general information about where they lived and the activities and events of the day. If you do it well, this could make fascinating reading for your descendants in years to come.

So where do you start your Family Tree Book?

Quite simply, you start a project like this with YOU! Then build up the branches by adding your parents, their parents and then their parents' parents. Compiling a document like this on a computer makes it a lot easier to make changes as you find more and more relevant information. However, there is a certain charm that comes with something that is handwritten, and lovingly put together in scrapbook form. It's up to you to decide the approach that will work best for you.

If you do manage to find photographs of some of your ancestors and other documents that relate to them, scan them into your computer so that you always have spare copies. These items are very precious and you don't want to lose them. In fact it is these very items that will enable you to create a unique and valuable family tree book.

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