3 Tips for Preserving Your Family History

Updated on August 29, 2023

Memories are precious. This sentiment becomes truer as you get older. The older you get, the more you realize what’s genuinely important in life. That’s why it’s so important to have the ability to look back on your family’s legacy. Follow these tips for preserving your family history, so you can reminisce about all the amazing times you shared with your loved ones.

Frame Your Photos 

One of the best things you can do to preserve your family history is to frame your photos. We’ve all rummaged through giant cardboard boxes full of old photos. Not only is this a daunting task, but it’s nearly impossible to find the picture you’re looking for. Framing your photos is an excellent idea because it’ll keep you more organized, and the frames will be beautiful statement pieces in your house. Consider custom frames for your precious family photos. One of the benefits of custom framing is that you can personalize it to your style. Moreover, custom framers use high-quality materials and expert construction to ensure your photos look amazing over time. 

Create a Family Tree

Creating a family tree is a great way of discovering more about your family ancestry and therefore preserving your family history. You can start by gathering as much information, photos, and documents as you can from family members and then begin to compile the information. Sites such as https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/obituaries/all/usa/illinois/chicago/chicago-tribune are also really useful. Uncovering your family history can be difficult and obituary searches can often help to fill in the blanks. Once all the information is together you can create a full family tree online or even by hand as a craft activity with the children. 
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Create a Recipe Book

Creating a recipe book is the perfect way to preserve your family history. How amazing would it feel to look through the book and see what your grandma cooked up decades prior? You can start a collection of recipes and truly cement your family’s legacy. Also, it’d be so fun to try out different recipes and bring them to a family party. Everyone will get a kick out of eating Aunt Janet’s famous brownies. A family recipe book can be passed down between the generations as well. Who knows, maybe one of your tech-savvy nieces will share a recipe on social media and your family will become famous.

Maintain Your Heirlooms 

If you want to have a strong family history, you must have solid family heirlooms. One vital tip for preserving your family history is to maintain your heirlooms. If you want to pass down an antique silver collection from generation to generation, it must remain in good condition. Don’t throw the collection into an old hall closet and only clean it once every five years. Take care of the collection, so you can pass the items down. This is especially important for old newspaper articles or journals that you want to pass down. Your descendants are less likely to keep a treasured heirloom if it’s ripped and covered in stains.

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