Family Tree Ideas
Are you looking for ideas to spruce up your genealogy? Below are our list of fours by category. Try one or all of them. Perhaps they may inspire you to think of something different.
Family Tree Ideas for Research
Here are four family tree ideas sure to help you in your research.
- Look for your family in newspapers : Newspaper Genealogy
- Get your ancestors draft registration cards : Draft Registration Cards
- Get your ancestors civil war service and pension records : Civil War Ancestors
- Search for your ancestor in genealogy message boards : Genealogy Forums
Family Tree Ideas for Writing Your Family History
Here are four family tree ideas sure to help you in you write .
- The best way to start is just to sit down and start wirting. If you wait for your research to be completed, the writing will never take place.
- Pick one of your favorite ancestors and write a biogrpahy. It doesn't have to be a long biography. Make a timeline of your ancestor that will help you.
- Write down a story you heard about from your childhood.
- Interview your oldest living relative and write down the stories they tell.
Family Tree Ideas for Displaying Your Family History
Here are four family tree ideas sure to help you display your family history .
- Take your old family photos and put them in an album. For each picture write a caption or a short sentence or two about the photo.
- Display your old family photos in a family tree photo frame : Family Tree Photo Frame
- In a bonus room or a play room, paint a tree. get your kids involved. Paint some leaves on the tree and paint the names of family members on the leaves.
- Get some family tree scrapbook supplies and put a family history scrapbook together.
Family Tree Ideas for Getting Kids Involved in Family History
Here are four family tree ideas sure to
to get your children or grandchildren involved in family history.
- This one might get more interest from the boys - Take them to a civil war or revolutionary war reenactment. Talk to them about their ancestors who fought during that war.
- Take your children to the local historical society when they are running a historic program. Perhaps they are showing off sheep shearing and spinning. Talk with them about their ancestors who lived at that time.
- Play a game you remember from your childhood with your children or grandchildren. Take the time to tell them stories about when you grew up.
- Just spend time with your children or grandchildren. The opportunities will present themselves for talking about your parents or grandparents. Tell them what you remember about them. Perhaps grandpa always had a pipe in his mouth.
Family Tree Ideas for Finding an Unusual Genealogy Record
Here are four family tree ideas sure to
to help you find your ancestor in an unusual record.
- TOWN REPORTS: Go to your local library or historical society. Ask about the old town reports. Many town reports for any given year list at least 10% of the towns citizens.
- SCHOOL REGISTERS: Schools have been keeping track who is attending class from at least the early 19th century. If your lucky enough to find these, they will give you insight into your ancestors childhood. Not all registers have survived. Check with your local historical society, library, town clerk or school department.
- DIARIES: Diaries are a great way of learing about your ancestors life. Even if your ancestor is not mentioned within the diary if you find a diary from the town your ancestor lived in at the time, the diary will give you insight into what was happening within the town. Check with your local or state historical society.
- ACCOUNT BOOKS: Like diaries, account books will give you insights into your ancestors life. Most businesses in town kept a book about daily transactions for the store. Your ancestor might have frequented the store and may be listed in it. Many account books have survived. Most of these would be at your local historical society.
Family Tree Ideas for Volunteer WorkHere are four family tree ideas for volunteering and helping the genealogy community.
- Volunteer your time at FamilySearch.org. They have many indexing projects always on-going and your help makes genealogy records able to be put on-line faster.
- Work with your local historical society to interview the older generation in town. They offer a wealth of information and enjoy the company.
- Volunteer on FindAGrave.com . This wonderful site seeks to add gravestone markers to their database. I have often found quite a number of my ancestors listed on find-a-grave which were put there by someone other than me.
- Get involved with your local genealogy club. They will often form a volunteer group to rescue or fix up an old cemetery.