Family Tree Magazine editor Allison Stacy and I talked about everything we’d want in one of those “record your family history” books, and Family Tree Legacies: Preserving Memories Throughout Time is the result. We’re a little biased, but we love how well-organized, versatile and pretty it is (and we think it would make a good Christmas or wedding gift).
This book is a three-ring binder with blank fill-in pages for all kinds of information, and a CD in the back that has printable versions of all the fill-in pages.
Lovely tabbed separators divide the book into themed sections, each focusing on a different type of family history information.
Sections let you record details about your immediate family, extended family, memories and traditions, photographs, family heirlooms, relatives who served in the military, newspaper articles featuring family members, places that are prominent in your family history, family recipes and important dates.
Each section begins with tips and tricks (the one below gets you started finding newspaper articles about your family members) . . .
. . . and then has specially designed pages to record information. The pages below are in the Family Heirlooms section.
There’s also an introduction with 10 steps to discovering your family history and a reference guide with helpful references, websites and books. We also love the fold-out family tree chart (below).
You can use the stickers to mark historical family events in the calendar section, maps in the Places section and more.
We’re hoping Family Tree Legacies will become a keepsake you can pass on to future generations.