Whether your family drives you crazy or not, chances are you really do love and adore them. Creating a family tree provides a tangible reminder of your treasured family members all the time, especially if you hang or frame it. Family trees are also a wonderful item to pass to the next generation who can use them to remember all of their relatives.
Purchase or download a family tree program from the Internet. There are endless choices available, such as Familytree.com, Myheritage.com and Geni.com, which you can use right on their website.
Fill in all of the relatives that you know by heart, such as yourself, your spouse and children, your parents, siblings and any siblings-in-law or nieces and nephews.
Fill in all aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents that you know.
Contact family members to fill in the missing information. Your parents are good sources for your aunts and uncles and their children, while grandparents may remember more distant cousins.
Share your family tree with relatives who may wish to see it as well.
Get a piece of large oak tag, construction paper or poster board.
Colour a brown tree trunk at the bottom of the page and leave room at the top for the branches.
Create one branch per child of the parent generation, such as a branch for your father or mother and one each for all of his or her siblings.
Draw a line next to each of these siblings and fill in the names of their spouses.
Draw branches coming out of each couple and fill in the names of their children. Contact your parents, siblings or other relatives if you don't remember all of your cousins, aunts and uncles.
For the paper family tree, decorate by drawing leaves around each name and colouring it in using a light green pencil.
Tips and warnings
- For the paper family tree, decorate by drawing leaves around each name and colouring it in using a light green pencil.