Mapping out your ancestry roots on a family tree is a fantastic way of teaching your little ones about their heritage. For adults, it is an opportunity of honoring people that have passed on. So, is it possible to have fun with kids when creating a beautiful representation of your family’s history? Yes, it is, and here is everything you need to know about family trees.
What Is a Family Tree?
A family tree is a pictorial presentation of documenting one’s ancestry. A person is represented by a box that is linked to others to depict relationships. Besides the individual’s name, the box may also have birth dates, birthplace and other information depending on the desired complexity. A generation is placed on one level to ease the interpretation. Horizontal lines illustrate marriages, while verticals line usher the next generation.
How to Make a Family Tree with Your Kids
Research Family History
Find out as much as you can about your genealogy. Involve your little ones in the process so that they understand their roots. Ask family members for information by visiting them, and ensure that you tag your children along. While at it, be thorough so that you don’t leave out anybody. You might also want to utilize several sources to ensure accurate data collection like online databases.
Pick a Starting Point
It is interesting to go as far back as possible, but kids may not have a lot of patience. Also, the size of paper you are using may limit the number of ‘branches’ to have on the tree. Consider including three or four generations only. Some people prefer to include the people they met only. Either way, the choice is mostly yours to make.
Here’s what you need to create a fantastic family tree:
Pictures of the members
Choose a Form for the Tree
Some family trees take the form of actual trees with branches, roots and a stem. Others are more like diagrams with circles, squares or rectangles. Either way, the result is a ‘tree-like’ structure that features family names. If it is a school project, use what the teacher instructed the student. Otherwise, you may settle on any form. Now you can draw the tree or template. Use a light pencil to outline the tree.
Start with Your Kid’s Name
Since this is your family tree, you should start with the youngest members. In this case, it should be your child’s name. Next, fill in the nuclear family’s names. Siblings’ name should be on the same level while parents’ names are on the next level. Tailor the tree to fit your family’s situation. If you are a single parent, there is no need to have a slot for both parents.
Include Cousins, Uncles, Aunts and Grandparents
At this point, you should split the branches. Write the siblings and parents of either parent on their side.
Add More Generations
Continue adding the names of your grandparents’ siblings and their parents. With every addition, you will make a new generation on the tree. You can go as far as you desire.
It’s up to you to choose how to decorate the tree. You may include pictures, fruits or even different colors for the names. You can also use different shapes or fruits for males and females.