From Old Roots : Tips on Making a Family Tree

When everything in your life falls apart, our family is always there to give us shoulder to cry on or their way of giving us support and all. And creating a family tree is one way to bring your/our family together and have some fun discovering the generations that came before you and learning how their lives have helped to shape your/our family today.

Getting it all done on paper. The holiday are a perfect time to start while visiting relatives, ask them to share their knowledge, memories and stories of parents and grandparents, great aunts and uncles as far back as they remember. Capture on a piece of paper the anecdotes and funny stories. Each is a little gift that can be passed from generation to the next.

Making it personal. The tradition family tree is a piece of quality paper that has a drawing of a large tree and spaces where the names of each generation can be written on successive branches, but there is no reason to stop there. Many people use the tree as the first page of a scrapbook or memory box that contains all kinds of interesting letters, photos, keepsake, mementos and official documents such as birth certificate or marriage licenses or credential at school. To make it truly your own, add artwork, borders, caption or notes (whatever make it special to you and unique).

All the resources you need. While making your/our family tree, it’s nice to know that your are starting something that can grow and be enjoyed for generations to come and a simple reminder that family is really important no matter what. And also a big help to the next generation to know where they roots from and their ancestors from.

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