Do you feel like nowadays children don’t know that much about their family history? Well, there is a great solution that will spark your kids’ interest in the history of their ancestors and give them a creative release. Encourage them to build a family tree with old family photographs. The process is not very difficult, so with just a little help from you, your little ones will be able to create a thorough and impressive family tree.
Make a List of Your Ancestors
First of all, contact your relatives, go through family albums, and make a detailed list of every relative you can track. What information are you going to use for your family tree? Talk to your kids and decide on the most important information like date and place of birth, occupation, interesting facts, and so on.
Secondly, how deep are you willing to go into the history of your family? How much do you know to begin with and what can you find out? Some families are open and frank about their past, with all its glories and failures, while other families decide to hide some facts for a number of reasons. Be objective with the accessibility of information and include the generations you can actually tell something about.
Conduct a Thorough Research
Essentially, you will need to track down three certificates: birth, marriage, and death. Collectively, they will give you full information about the person – birth certificate holds the information about the date and place of birth as well as parents’ names and occupations; marriage certificate will disclose the holder’s age and occupation; death certificate will state the date and cause of death.
Now how do you find all the above-mentioned documents? First, ask your relatives to go through their archives and make copies or take photos of them. Since you don’t need the originals, a simple photo will suffice to get the information from. Next, you can refer to services like Find My Past to track down your relatives and available data. Even though some information is going to be missing from the archives, you will discover something new about your family. Finally, if you know where your ancestors were born and where they lived, you can visit local libraries and archives to look for the information yourself.
Gather the Materials
What will you need to create a family tree?
A large piece of cardboard or thick paper, paints or sharpies, photos, scissors.
Before you begin creating the family tree, honestly assess the quality of old images. If you recognize cracks, worn-out edges, discolorations, and other attributes of vintage photos, you will have to do some editing. Scan your images and use photo restoration software – PhotoGlory – to restore the old colors. The program does not require any prior experience in photo editing and offers easy to use tools to bring back colors, remove cracks and tears, and crop worn edges.
Begin Crafting the Family Tree
At first, lay out the images on the piece of cardboard to see how they can all fit. At the bottom of the tree you will place the youngest generation – your children, and gradually go deep into the past by placing the oldest generation on the very top.
After marking the placement of the photos with a pencil, remove the photos and draw a tree with paints or a sharpie. Using scissors, make small holes where the markings are and place images inside them. Underneath each picture write down the information you have about them: names, dates and places of birth, occupation, and other possible facts you have uncovered.
Building a family tree is an entertaining way to teach the young generation about their grandparents and great grandparents. It is also a way of showing them how people used to live back in the day and what they used to do. A family tree will not only teach them the history of your family but also the history of your country. Finally, it will help them develop crafting skills and reveal their creative side.