Family Tree Photo Book

We’ve all seen it–the zoned-out, eye-glazed-over effect we have on our family members when we enthusiastically share our newest genealogical discoveries. But I finally figured out a way to elicit responses that aren’t as lackluster. After scanning and re-scanning the old family photos I inherited, it was time to share them. I wanted my extended family to not only view the photos, but to identify the individuals and put them into context. Many suggestions from the internet encourage writing a family history in narrative form, but I don’t have the time and don’t think it would be widely read by the family. In this era of instant gratification, I created a 50-page family tree book that was chock-full-o’-photos. The response by the family was very positive and unexpected. There are currently 5 living generations of that family and I was happy to connect them to our common ancestors and to put some faces to the names.

 

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