Marrying Scrapbooking and Genealogy

If you like scrapbooking and also like researching and documenting your family history, why not marry the two (pun intended)?

I have found that there are many digital scrapbooking templates out there as well as books showing traditional scrapbook layouts.

I want to tell a story, as many of the folks that will be viewing these scrapbooks will be ‘thumbing through’ the scrapbook and not want a lot of ‘heavy’ data and details.

I hope that the following pages give you some ideas for your scrapbook.  For each scrapbook/family, I used a similar color theme throughout.

I’ve documented places:

I’ve documented events:

I’ve documented people, too, of course:
I hope this has given you some ideas for your scrapbook pages.  I am still experimenting.  I also have the traditional family tree layouts, pedigree charts, etc.  I wanted to show you the pages that were a little bit more personal.  Each person has a page like the one to the left, event pages, and any other stories/pages of significance.

I have chosen to do these digitally so that they can easily be shared with family.  They can also be printed via an online printing service, usually for $1-$2 per page.

Happy Scrapbooking!  If you would like to see other layout formats, please comment and let me know – I will include them in a future post – I have almost 200 pages so far!

About Our Lineage

I invite you to join me as I share my journey of successes, surprises, and of course, disappointments. All belong to my passion called Genealogy.
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7 Responses to Marrying Scrapbooking and Genealogy

  1. chmjr2 says:

    A great way to show your family history. I look forward to your future post showing more layouts.

  2. This is great. I’m going to try to print this; I hope your comment prints, too.

  3. This is really a fabulous idea. I would love to do it, but if I do this I would have to let the blog slide as I wouldn’t have time to do both. How did you go about organizing what order you would create your scrapbook pages?

    • Our Lineage says:

      I started with basically a descendant tree from each of my 4 sets of great grandparents. Each has an album with their descendants.

      The first page is the Descendant Tree.
      The second page is a Wedding Page for the great grandparents.
      I then had individual pages for both. Since I do not have a lot of info on either of them prior to their marriage, I included what I knew of each of them on a single page, along with a remembrance from my aunt and father about them.
      Subsequent pages are the children. I started with the oldest first. Since these are my grandmother’s siblings, I knew most of them.
      I gave them a page for baptism (I had the certificates), a page for marriage, and then an overall summary page that had any remembrance/stories on it.

      The family also had a grocery store, so I have pages on that, including an ad that I found in the newspaper.

      One great uncle played the concertina at weddings and I have a picture of him with it. I also added a page regarding that.

      Just one way to put it all together.

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