I love learning my family history and think a genealogy display is a fabulous addition to any house. Sometimes I daydream about commissioning one in the same style as Norman Rockwell’s above. Wouldn’t that be rad?
If you’d like to create a family history display, I’ve got 3 tips to get you started, plus links to some of my favorite designs.
1) Start with what you know. Write down your name, Mom’s name, Dad’s name, Grandma and Grandpa, etc. Don’t get discouraged if you only know a few names.
2) Email your Great Aunt Helen who knows all about this stuff. It might not actually be your aunt, it might be your cousin or your Dad or your Uncle-you’ve-never-met. But there is a really good chance you’ve got a relative that’s already started the research, and she’ll be more than happy to share what she knows. You can probably find out most of what you need in a few email exchanges.
3) Join in the search yourself. Use sites like Genealogy.com and Ancestry.com to see what else you can find. Starting to feel like an expert? Feel free to go deeper — email your hometown county clerk and request birth, marriage and death certificates to confirm dates and places.
Once you’ve got your information gathered, you can turn your attention to the prettier parts of the task: Choosing your display design. Here are some I love to recommend: Modern. Traditional. Shadowbox. Kid-friendly. Formal. Contemporary.
How about you? Are you curious about your family history? Do you have a display? Any other tips or sources we should know about?