Book to record family history(4 Posts)
I hope this is the right place to post this. Sorry if I've made a mistake. I was wondering if anyone would be able to help. I am newlywed, and want to purchase a book where I can record mine and my husband's history for our future child. We don't really know much at all about our parents and their ancestors, so am looking more for something that we can use to record about ourselves and to be able to add records about our children and (eventually) grandchildren. I've tried looking online, but it doesn't really say much about the contents, or the ones that do seem to focus more on ancestors, which as I mentioned, we don't know too much about.
I have one of these
It is a bit American (there's a section for citizenship records for example), but it might suit you for what you want. About half the book is for the family tree, but the rest is about your immediate family - jobs, likes and dislikes, pets, heirlooms, that sort of thing. There is also a section for your grandchildren and descendants. It wasn't really what I wanted as I wanted more space for ancestors.
The alternative is to buy a really nice scrapbook and accessories and you can then include exactly what you want, and make something really individual.
Thanks so much for your reply. That was one of the books I looked at online. For the family tree section, how far does it go back? Such as grandparents, or great-grandparents or great-great grandparents? The immediate family section sounds like what I'm after
Yeah that was my other thought. I love the idea of being able to make it exactly what I want, but on the other hand I'm not sure exactly what I want to include - I need some prompts
The family tree charts go back to ggg grandparents. It doesn't matter if you don't have all the information. It might inspire you to do the research - it is quite easy to get started using online resources, or maybe your future child will want to take it on at some point! I started after being given a sketchy tree done by a relative and am now back to the 1600s - it is hard to stop when you start. I was also going to suggest you have a look at the family tree section but see you have already found it!
You could maybe start with a memory box. You could write a brief history of your life as could your dh to include in the box, then one for your life together. You could include a family tree chart and put on what you do know, photos, mementos from your wedding, etc. When you have children you can then add mementos of their life. I have also started a book for my ds recording what we did on his birthdays, big days out, holidays etc (inspired by my mum not remembering what we did on my first birthday!). It really is up to you what you want to put in. Another advantage over a scrapbook is that it is easy to add to (or remove from) if you change your mind about something, or learn something new. You can always chose to present all the information in a different format at a later date.
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