Little bits of paper, faded photos, concert programs and tickets evoke memories from our past. Perhaps you have created a scrapbook of your children or yourself from childhood. The visual story provides you with reminders of your past and opens a door for others to get to know you. Scrapbooks become another way for us to tell our ancestor stories. For those who find the thought of writing a book overwhelming, a scrapbook might be the answer.
We’ll look at some ideas and resources to help you create your ancestor’s scrapbook and tell their story
Here are points to keep in mind as you venture down the path of creating a memory or scrapbook.
Here are some personal tips that I’ve found useful as my scrapbooks have grown. Use a scrapbook that allows you to rearrange and reorder the pages. As you acquire more pictures or documents, you will inevitably find yourself adding more pages. I like to add my pictures and scrapbooking to paper that fits the scrapbook page rather than attaching them directly to the scrapbook page.
I have found it helpful to have four scrapbooks—one for each of my family lines. I didn’t start out this way but as my research expanded beyond my direct ancestors and I acquired more information on their siblings, I wanted to include additional pages. One album became cumbersome. You can also choose background colored paper that reflects a specific family line or generation or even locations. This helps your reader understand how people fit into the mix and adds interest.
Scrapbooking is a fun and creative way to display your ancestors’ pictures and stories. You can be as elaborate and creative as you like when it comes to page decoration. Or, keep it simple and focus on telling the story in an easy to understand way. And don’t forget yourself and current generations! There are opportunities to share from the present to the past when it comes to scrapbooking your family.
“Just as pieces stitched together in a quilt warm our bodies, scrapbooks bind together memories to warm our hearts” – author unknown
With a lifelong passion for genealogy and history, the author enjoys the opportunity to share genealogy tidbits, inspiring others to research and write their family story.