While there is certainly a satisfaction to uncovering family histories… and creating a family tree, one of the most profound benefits of creating a family tree is the ability to pass the information on to future generations. What a valuable asset! And believe me, your family’s future generations will be grateful for your hard work and determination.
So what’s the best way to keep those records?
Storing Your Family Tree
Ideally, you’ll have a record of all of your notes and documentation conducted during your genealogy research. This information is a valuable asset and even if you’ve kept everything in paper form, it should be duplicated in the event of a fire, flood or other loss. These copies can be made and stored offsite. You can also scan the information and store it on your computer, on disks using an external storage site.
If you have collected all of your information on a computer software system, consider backing it up online at an external storage site. You can also back it up to an external hard drive and make copies on DVD and/or CD discs.
Presenting Your Family Tree
One of the most precious gifts you can give future generations is a comprehensive family tree. Family trees can be elaborate works of art, framed, and printed on glossy-colored paper. They can also be as basic as a binder with charts of each family branch. There are also some options in between… including a flowchart, reports, and even a book.
Some genealogy software products come complete with the ability to print a lovely book. This too would be a wonderful gift to give future generations.
Sharing Your Family Tree
Additionally, you can record the information, and some of the family stories you’ve discovered along the way, by creating an audio or video for your family.
Many movie making software products also enable you to upload family photographs which means you can share photos you’ve found, and also share and record certificates like birth, death and marriage certificates.
Software products also often come with sharing capabilities so you can simply email or connect with other family members online, and share the information you’ve uncovered. As we live in a digital world, this is one of the quickest ways to share your family tree… and maybe your young family members will be able to access and understand it.
NOTE: NEVER publish living relative’s information online! Use only those relatives who have been deceased for lengthy time.
Genealogy and uncovering your family tree is a noble undertaking. It can be a long and difficult journey to trace your family back to its origins.
Once you have created a comprehensive family tree the journey isn’t over. The truest value of a family tree is the ability to share it with future generations.
Think about it, would you have loved to have all this information done for you when you were a child?
What an amazing connection to your family and history! Sharing your information, and keeping good records for future generations is one of the joys of genealogy research.
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What is Genealogy?
Why is Genealogy Important?
What to do When You Have a Common Surname
Do I Need The Help of a Professional Genealogist?
How to Find Free Basic Genealogy Information