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gift book week! idea #3, family tree folios

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

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With the holidays approaching, we’re celebrating our first ever Gift Book Week. We’re showcasing a different book idea each day to inspire you. We hope you’ll find the perfect gift idea here and get in touch. There’s still time to make your custom book for the holidays!
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Here’s idea #3…Family Tree Folios!

OK, while these aren’t technically books we simply love these family tree folios, and think they make great and easy gifts. We have two styles – one for adults, and one for kids.

The adult family tree contains 5 generations, along with photos. It is such an elegant way to display ancestry information. Here’s the one I did for my own grandmother!

child’s family tree is just sweet. It includes 4 generations, and comes in a yellow paper folio with red baker’s twine and a personalized dedication to the child.

Aaron Brothers and probably other framing shops, too.

here, or email us to start an adult family tree!
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darn cute dedications

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Ok, you know I am such a sucker for kid’s quotes. So I just had to share these great dedications Robin is using for her boys’ family trees. The trees are her valentine’s gifts this year.

Mommy: “Who made you so beautiful?”
Noah: “My mommy.”
Mommy: “What did Daddy make you?”
Noah: “Um … breakfast.”

– may 2006
Mommy: “How come I love you so much?”
Justin: Because I’m a beautiful kid!”

– may 2003
“My mom and dad made me.
I grew in my Mommy’s tummy
but I made my own hair.”

– july 1999

The lesson, as always, is to write things down! Word for word. You will be so grateful you did.

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turning a genogram into a family tree

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Last year I was introduced to genograms as a way of charting family relationships. If you’re not familiar, genograms are used in the medical world to show medical and behavior patterns within a family system. They’re not usually used in genealogy.

So when my client, who is making a book about his recently deceased wife, recently showed me these sketched circles and squares and scribbly names, I knew exactly what was going on. His wife – a doctor – had created her family tree.



She gave us a great starting point. In fact, it’s the best information we have. Now the task is turning the circles and squares and scribbles into a more understandable family tree.

Here’s our start on it. Next, my client will fill in whatever details he can from his wife’s last remaining relatives, photographs of gravestones, and family birth records.

family tree 

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