Heritage Scrapbooks...
Learning to Shake Your Family Tree

Heritage scrapbooks... They're the perfect mix of two of my favorite hobbies - genealogy and scrapbooking.

When you think about it, scrappers and family historians are both after the same goal – preserving their family history.

Who are we and where did we come from? It's a question that a lot of us ask ourselves and our family members. It's a burning curiosity to find out whether one of our ancestors was a famous inventor, the mayor of his town or the founder of a university.

It can also help people identify "family" illnesses. As medical research becomes more and more advanced, we are learning that numerous diseases, such as cancer and Alzheimer's disease, have a significant genetic link.

So, you've just decided that you want to find out more about where you came from and create a heritage scrapbook, but don't know where to begin. Rest assured it isn't difficult, but it can be addictive, just like scrapbooking!!

What I hope to do is to help those of you who are just starting to research your family tree. Hopefully, by sharing some of the pitfalls that I've been through, you can get your research (and your heritage scrapbook) done in half the time.

Just like with scrapbooking, you will need a few basic supplies to get started. What's great about this supply list is that some of items are probably already in your scrapbook tool kit!!

Genealogy Starter Kit

  • 2" or 3"-inch D-Ring Binders: One for each parent, or if you are also working on your husband's family tree, you may choose to just have one for your family and one for his. It's up to you.
  • 3-hole punch
  • Spiral notebook: Again, something with holes in it, so you can keep all your notes in your binder.
  • Pens and pencils: You will probably want to get a three-hole pencil pouch to keep in your binder.
  • Erasers: We like the Mars Staedtler® white plastic eraser or the Pentel "Clic" eraser.
  • Page protectors: These can be used to protect important documents until they can be put in a heritage scrapbook.
  • Notebook dividers: These can be used to keep information for each ancestor separate within your binder.
  • Research Worksheet
  • So, in order to start your heritage scrapbook, check out my article below.

    Happy Scrapping!!


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