October is officially family history month and what a better way to celebrate than to make your own family tree? Creating these simple keepsakes can be inexpensive and will be cherished by your loved ones for years to come. There is no better way to share your family history than to pass down a homemade family tree to future generations. When making a family tree, there are many options to choose from. However, I have found three particular types of family tree projects that are budget friendly, quick, and doesn’t require a lot of know how.
One of the tools used to make a family tree is often right your own home computer. All that is needed is the software required to make a slide show, a printer, and some details about your family history. Powerpoint is one of my favorite tools to make a family tree. This can easily be done by uploading photos of family members and adding any other relevant information. In addition, music can be set to the background along with various other captions. Rather than printing out the family tree, I prefer to save it on a disk. Not only can you give copies to other relatives, but upload them to your personal social networking sites, etc. This is a great way to preserve your family history.
Another free option is to visit websites such as Ancestry.com and Genealogy.com. These sites allow the user to create their own family tree online. However, registration is typically required but is usually free. What I like the most about these particular sites is that other family members can upload information regarding family history and you can search more information on your heritage. This truly is a no hassle way to make a family tree and you can log in to view it at anytime of the day or night.
If you enjoy hands on projects, this idea will definitely please. Make a family tree using a canvas or paper scroll. These materials can be purchased inexpensively at the majority of hobby shops nation wide. Other tools needed for the project will depend on what you choose to do. Etching your own tree will probably save the most money and allow for more creativity. Gluing small portraits into the tree with the names and relationships below is also a good idea. Follow by adding bits of family history throughout the tree.
Knowing and remembering your family history is an important part of our future. Creating your very own family tree helps to keep those memories and the legacy of your family alive. This family history month, consider making something that will be around for years to come.