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Scrapbooking For Genealogists: 3 Creative Ways To Preserve Your Family’s History
Whether you've spent several days, several years, or some time in between in trying to uncover your family's history, you’re no doubt looking for some creative ideas for preserving whatever it is that you’ve found. After all, computer printouts of a bunch of names are nice to have, but you won’t exactly be proud to pass that around at the next family reunion, would you? And think about this: wouldn’t it be wonderful if one of your ancestors had considered generations to come? You can do what you wish someone had done for you – you can preserve the past for the future.
Themed scrapbooks help cover up the gaps
One of the easiest ways to preserve your discoveries is with a scrapbook. You can compile a complete family history, or you can create a themed scrapbook. A themed presentation is a particularly good idea if you’ve perhaps had a lot of success in finding information about a particular aspect of your ancestors’ lives, but have a lot of holes in the complete picture.
If that’s the case, consider themes such as these:
Early ancestors: This kind of scrapbook might include:
Migration: Simply record how your ancestors migrated. Include:
Family occupations: How did your ancestors earn their living? Did they farm? Were they doctors or lawyers? Actors? This kind of scrapbook could include:
These are just a few ideas to get you started. You’re limited only by your imagination.
This article was posted on September 28, 2005