Knowing where we came from makes us feel important. When we research our heritage, we trace our lineage back hundreds of years, which gives us a sense of belonging. Many of us discover that our ancestors made significant contributions to this country or others. Constructing a family tree can be time-consuming but it is also rewarding.
Committing the lineage to writing is easier if a pre-developed blank family tree diagram is used. If a more complex layout is needed, software is available for this purpose. As the research progresses, the design of the tree may change based on the information that is found. People able to trace their roots to the founding fathers of this country and further back may have trees that span many pages.
Though a diagram like this reveals valuable information, a family history is even more informative. The life of each ancestor deserves more than just a branch on a family tree. Read family archives and historical documents to find the details that made each person unique. Compile the information into a story that flows from one generation to the next, turning the family lineage into a fascinating tale.
Since everyone in the family will probably want a copy of the tree and family history, use online printing to create books for them. Make a nice design on the cover, such as a monogram or the family shield, and have the book printed on card stock paper. This low cost gift will be invaluable to family members who always wanted to know their roots.
With online printing, various options are available regarding booklet size. The use of color makes the book appear as if it were professionally developed. Providing pages with extra durability by having them laminated should protect the book for many years. The book will become a family heirloom passed down in future generations.