How much do you know about your family story and your family’s history?
As you get older you might find that you get more of an urge to start collecting information about your family. To safeguard the history of your relatives and their stories for future generations.
If you’re not sure where to start though, here are three ideas for different ways you can record your family’s story.
1. Create a family recipe book
A really lovely way to tell your family’s story is through food.
Start with all your living relatives. Ask them to send you a handwritten recipe that you can then put into a scrapbook or folder. Make sure that the recipe has some meaning to the person who’s sending it. It could be their signature dish, their favourite food or the meal that they always make for the family.
Then see if they can also provide a recipe that reminds them of other relatives who’ve passed away.
What would really make this special is to get everyone to also write a few sentences explaining why they chose the recipe they chose and, even better, include a photo of them with the dish.
2. Research and record your family tree
A more traditional way to record your family’s story is by researching your family tree.
You can start with your own knowledge and then fill in gaps by asking your relatives if they know any information.
Once you’ve gone as far as you can with the knowledge that you have in the family you can use a few different methods to trace the family tree back a bit further. If you know your family have always lived in your local area then you can find out a fair bit of information from UK gravestones and memorials including names, and dates of birth and death.
You can also do some online research to get all the facts you need.
There are a few different websites you can use to search census records and birth, death, and marriage certificates to help you piece together your family tree. Then you can record all this information in a family tree chart or record book.
3. Put together a family photo scrapbook
If you want something that you and your family can sit together and enjoy, and add to over the years, then putting together a family photo album or scrapbook is a great idea.
Gather together photos of each member of your family and then, over a page or two, tell their story.
If you can, try and get your relatives to hand-write a few sentences about themselves to add to the book, along with facts like important dates from their lives and key milestone moments they want to be remembered.
Another alternative if you have the time and the means would be to get all your relatives to record some video footage of themselves, talking about their lives and their memories of other members of the family.
Hopefully this post has given you some inspiration to start researching and gathering together your family’s story and to record it for future generations to enjoy.
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post