Christmas is approaching and with it the adventures in shopping that so many of us dread. It can feel like an impossible task to find a personal and unique gift for the people on your shopping list who seem to have everything. Once given, many gifts gather dust and take up space. However, a family history book will be a valued gift that will be cherished for years to come.
1. Personal and Unique
Genealogy is becoming more and more popular. Ancestry DNA tests are a huge business and many people are exploring their lineage and with that lineage their family history.
Nothing is more personal than a book that explains the origins of a family and reaches back into their ancestry to find roots that have affected the growth of the family for generations.
Every family is unique which means that a book covering their family history will, by necessity, be equally unique.
A family history book isn’t something that will go out of style or become obsolete when a newer model comes along.
Pictures and stories about a family’s origins are timeless gifts that can be revisited again and again throughout a person’s life. This timeless gift can also be handed down through future generations to cherish as they learn about where they come from and who their family of origin was.
3. Organize and Preserve History
Many family photos are in boxes and albums. Often the people in the photos can’t be identified by anyone who is living after a generation and names written in ink on the backs of those photos may become illegible with time and handling.
Compiling photos, scrapbooks, and stories into a family history book creates an organized way for future generations to make sense of those images and stories. Instead of looking through an album with nameless people, the reader of a family history book can see pictures of their ancestors alongside information about their life. Journal entries from that family member can also be included.
4. Bring Family Together
As you prepare your family history book you will have the opportunity to network with other family members to gather information. Compiling a family history book encourages you to call up the aunts, uncles, and cousins you usually only see at reunions to get additional content for your book.
5. Connect With Your Heritage
Compiling a family history book gives you the opportunity to delve into your family’s past and, in doing so, connect with your own heritage. Perhaps you will learn that your grandmother painted as a hobby or that your family once had a prominent politician or historical figure in it.
The knowledge you gain as you compile your family history book will bring your heart closer to your family which is a large part of what Christmas is all about.
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