Tips and Tricks: How to Create a Family Tree

One of the great benefits of having the Talk of a Lifetime is the preservation of family stories and histories. With the rise in popularity of television programs like “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “Finding Your Roots,” there is a renewed interest in creating family trees and learning more about our ancestors. Have the Talk of a Lifetime® is the perfect place to start when exploring your family lineage.

Creating a family tree is a wonderful way to commemorate the past, while providing valuable information for future generations. This fun activity can also help initiate the Talk of a Lifetime that is essential to have with your loved ones. It is important to sit down with your family and talk about what matters most to you, and what you remember about your ancestors.

Family Tree Tips

There are a variety of ways to make a family tree. Here are a few starting points to consider before you begin this exciting process.

  • Record Your Family Story: Get the family together and make a list of names and correlating relationships. As you write down and list names, it is always fun to bring up memories and stories. Is there an interesting story behind a marriage or a nickname? Name everyone, and talk about how the family started. Share these important stories with those you love while you make your family lists. This is also a great time to begin the Talk of a Lifetime with loved ones gathered.

  • Turn to the U.S. Census: The U.S. Census can be a terrific resource for information about grandparents and parents. Occupations, birthdays, addresses, and much more can be verified in the U.S. census and marked down in your family tree.
  • Get in Touch with Relatives: Gather your loved ones, and ask them about cherished memories. Some of your family members may even have great pictures to share, old documents, letters, and genealogy information.
  • Take One Story at a Time: Start with a relative as far back as you can remember. It is best to take on one story at a time. It is tricky to focus on a whole tree at once, so focusing on individuals can be more personally satisfying and easier to manage.

The Talk of the Lifetime is The Talk to Remember

Your family tree is a unique story with many memories that should be remembered, recorded and shared. Download our free workbook to learn more about beginning the Talk of a Lifetime. Your loved ones deserve the best, and it’s comforting to know that you mattered in their lives, so make time for this meaningful activity, and Have the Talk of a Lifetime.

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