Our Family Heritage: A History Of Our Family

gpc8452Looking for an easy and fun way to preserve the memories in the closest branches of your family’s history? Or, looking for a great way to get others in your family involved in the work? Our Family Heritage: A History Of Our Family is a great solution. The book also makes a great gift, and here is why.

Our Family Heritage is a hardback, fill-in the blank, beautiful family history memory book. This 8.5″ x 11″ hardback book, if properly cared for, will last generations. Filled with pages beautifully printed to add a sense of style to each form. This book is a journal, a memory book, and a family history reference all in one.

Page by page, the owner will enjoy creating this long-lasting memory by hand, recording basic genealogical information along with the memories of family treasures and special family events. Forms and charts are designed for ease of use and for easy reading. There are places for both genealogical data as well as family personal and family stories. Records of family heirlooms and collections will help future generations identify important family treasures. The contents listed below show all the exciting topics and sheets this book offers for creating a new family heirloom.

The book also comes with an inserted sheet offering “helpful suggestion for filling in your book.” This included tips on preparing and adding photographs and making the most of your entries.


As a gift now for others, or as a gift you leave behind, Our Family Heritage: A History Of Our Family  is available from Family Roots Publishing.

Table of Contents

  • From Generation to Generation
  • How to Use This book
  • Our Courtship
  • Our Marriage
  • Husband’s Family
  • Wife’s Family
  • Our Children
  • Our Grandchildren
  • Our Foreign-Born Ancestors
  • The Lands of Our Ancestors
  • Our Family Tree
  • Husband’s Ancestral Chart
  • Wife’s Ancestral Chart
  • The Family of the Husband
  • The Family of the Husband’s Father
  • The Family of the Husband’s Mother
  • The Family of the Husband’s Paternal Grandmother
  • The Family of the Husband’s Paternal Grandfather
  • The Family of the Husband’s Maternal Grandfather
  • The Family of the Husband’s Maternal Grandmother
  • The Family of the Husband’s Great Grandparents
  • The Family of the Wife
  • The Family of the Wife’s Mother
  • The Family of the Wife’s Paternal Grandmother
  • The Family of the Wife’s Paternal Grandfather
  • The Family of the Wife’s Maternal Grandfather
  • The Family of the Wife’s Maternal Grandmother
  • The Family of the Wife’s Great Grandparents
  • Family Weddings
  • Other Religious Ceremonies in Our Family
  • Our Family’s Religious Affiliations
  • Where We Have Worshipped
  • Special Memories
  • Our Family’s Homes
  • The Schools We Have Attended
  • The Organizations We Have Joined
  • Professions, Occupations, Crafts and Trades
  • Our Family’s Military Service Record
  • Our Best Friends
  • the Pets in Our Lives
  • Automobiles—Our Mechanical Companions
  • Special Things
  • Our Prized Family POssessions
  • Sports We Enjoy
  • Our Hobbies
  • Memorable Vacations
  • Family Gatherings
  • Cherished Traditions
  • The Most Outstanding Events in Our Family’s History
  • Our Family’s Medical History
  • Our Vital Statistics
  • Photographs
  • Genealogical Research
  • Addresses
  • Autographs

Two Beautiful Heirloom Charts

Genealogists love their charts. Why shouldn’t they? Charts are easier to read than paragraphs of text. While a chart typically provides only an overview of information, they can make excellent references. Charts can also be beautifully crafted, providing an wonderful work of art to any home. Larger format charts are often printed on impressive paper stocks and may serve as excellent gifts, either blank or as a finished (filled in) family heirloom. Two such beautifully decorated and yet simple charts are the Celtic Rose and Jubilee by Tony Matthews.

celticrose copy

Celtic Rose

jubileechart copy



Both charts measure 22″ by 17″ (inches) and are printed on acid-free, archival, parchment-styled paper. Celtic Rose is a seven-generation, fan chart, while Jubilee is a twin-sided, six-generation, couples chart. Jubilee has space to note the wedding date and the names of any children. Each, when properly cared for, will last many life times.

Both Celtic Rose and Jubilee are available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $11.76 each. Each chart is carefully shipped rolled in a tube for maximum protection and a no-creases presentation.

50 Family Tree Images

pt00150 Family Tree Images is a CD collection of uniquely designed graphical family tree images. Each file is a different piece of art to which you can add your family’s pedigree and print.

By adding family names to these artistic family tree renderings, you can create beautiful artwork for you home, office, or even for inclusion in a family history book. You can also reprint images with a different person in position 1. This could be used to create personalized gifts for family members.

How it works

  • Use the included thumbnail chart (found inside the case) to select the picture you wish to use
  • Import or open the .tif image file into your graphics program (e.g. PhotoShop Elements)
  • Use the graphics program to add text (family names) to the image
  • Print the image, small or large
  • Save the image for later use


Here are some project ideas from Paper Tree:PT6_0012

  • Frame and hang your charts
  • Make invitations to your reunion
  • Create a visual reference for you library
  • Help get the younger get involved in their family’s history
  • Even create placemats for family meals



Sample images from the disk:



50 Family Tree Images was put together by Paper Tree. Get the disk, and start making your own artistic family charts. Order from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $29.39.

Paper Trees, Legible and in Color!

More than once, I have heard Leland, editor extraordinaire of the GenealogBlog, comment over the book Paper Trees. He always thought this collection of hand drawn genealogy charts was unique and great for the individual with the artistic talent to color and with good enough handwriting to legibly enter their family’s information. Leland thought such art would make the perfect family gift. However, for those of us with terrible handwriting, or for those who never did learn to color within the lines, these charts were bound to remain empty and colorless.

Of course, Leland long had it in the back of his mind that if only there were a way to scan these great charts and fill them in, and maybe even add some color, on the computer then these charts would make the ultimate wall art or personal family gift. Leland’s thought were ahead of the technology. When Paper Trees came out, in 1999, the technology needed to transfer these charts to the computer and to color and fill them in was both price prohibitive as well as requiring a extremely high-level of efficiency with difficult-to-learn software. Today, things have changed. Software is both affordable and easy to learn, and scanners like the Flip-Pal are relatively inexpensive to purchase and easy to use while getting high quality output. Realizing his dream for the perfect family chart was within hand, Leland turned to his friend Tom Underhill to produce a simple, 4-page guide for scanning a Paper Tree chart, coloring the chart, and entering information. The results were so simple even Leland could follow them (OK, I know you saw that one coming). Seriously, using a Flip-Pal or your average flatbed scanner to bring a Paper Tree chart into Photoshop Elements is a cinch. Then using Photoshop Elements to add color and text is easy when you follow Tom’s simple directions. Print the final chart on a color printer and your wall art is ready.

So how do you get Tom’s 14 step Fun Pedigree Charts? It comes free with every order of Paper Trees from Family Roots Publishing.


Sample of a scanned, colored, edited, and printed chart.

Here is some more information about Paper Trees in Leland’s own words:

Paper Trees is a unique collection of hand-drawn family trees and charts which you can fill in and color by yourself (by computer or by hand). All of these beautiful designs are original, and they are available as clip-art for use as family gift charts, cards, announcements, book covers, section dividers, reunion T-shirts and mugs, newsletter designs, research aids, or for any of a thousand other things.

Filled in by hand, calligraphy, or type, and hand-colored in pen, paint, or computer program (like Photoshop Elements), each of these family trees is guaranteed to be unique, and each illustration–whether elegant, whimsical, or just plain folksy–is a joyful celebration of your family. Uses for it are limited only by your imagination.

You can photo-reduce the family trees for use as note cards and stationery, or you can enlarge them to show family detail at its optimum. Remember that each of these family trees is an ancestral tree. The tree starts with you, and each generation back doubles in size, showing two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents, etc.

You’ll have a great time with these illustrations, and you can pass them on finished or unfinished, to be treasured as keepsakes or to be embellished and completed by others.

Cover and sample from Tom’s Fun Pedigree Charts tutorial:

 Make your own beautiful art with Paper Trees (Price: $18.76) and Fun Pedigree Charts (Price: $FREE with purchase of Paper Trees)

Take advantage of Family Roots Publishing’s Holiday Shipping Special…FREE Shipping on any Order over $25. Good though Midnight MST 20 December 2012.

Hurricane Isaac’s Unearthed Coffins and Tombs

The following excerpt is from the November 15, 2012 the Times-Picayune.

A few of Hurricane Isaac’s unearthed coffins and tombs continue to line the Mississippi River levee in Plaquemines Parish, some still standing askew near houses or amid woods. By now, though, the majority of the disinterred remains are back in the Braithwaite cemeteries where they once peacefully rested.

About 150 tombs and coffins floated away, some about a mile, from the east bank’s cemeteries during Isaac. State and parish crews have worked about two months to bring them home.

“It’s just a matter of putting all the pieces together,” said Plaquemines Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Mudge, who, in a cooperative agreement between the parish government and Sheriff’s Office, is assisting in the rehabilitation efforts. The parish government is picking up the initial cost with the expectation of getting reimbursement from FEMA.

Read the full article.

Our Family Tree — Create a New Family Heirloom

Our Family Tree: A History of our Family is a hardback, fill-in the blank, beautiful family history memory book. This 8.5″ x 11″ hardback book, if properly cared for, will last generations. Filled with pages ornately crafted to add a sense of style to each form, this book is a journal, a memory book, and a family history reference all in one.

Page by page, the owner will enjoy creating this long-lasting memory by hand, recording basic genealogical information along with the memories of family treasures and special family events. Forms and charts are designed for ease of use and for easy reading. There are places for both genealogical data as well as family personal and family stories. Records of family heirlooms and collections will help future generations identify important family treasures. The contents listed below show all the exciting topics and sheets this book offers for creating a new family heirloom.

If the idea of passing down your records and stories appeals to you, or you think such a book would make a great gift, then you can order a copy of Our Family Tree: A History of our Family from Family Roots Publishing, Item #: PB01, Price: $9.79.


  • Our Family
  • Husband’s Genealogy
  • Wife’s Genealogy
  • Our Children
  • Our Grandchildren and Descendants
  • Our Family Tree
  • Husband’s Ancestral Chart
  • Husband’s Family
  • Husband’s Parents’ Family
  • Husband’s Grandparents—Father’s Side
  • Husband’s Grandparents—Mother’s Side
  • Husband’s Great Grandparents
  • Husband’s Ancestral Chart
  • Wife’s Family
  • Wife’s Parents’ Family
  • Wife’s Grandparents—Father’s Side
  • Wife’s Grandparents—Mother’s Side
  • Wife’s Great Grandparents
  • Citizenship Record
  • Weddings
  • Religious Activities
  • Our Places of Worship
  • In Memoriam
  • Our Homes
  • Where Our Ancestors Have Lived
  • Schools and Graduations
  • Clubs and Organizations
  • Companies We Have Worked For or Owned
  • Military Service Records
  • Special Friends
  • Family Pets
  • Family Automobiles
  • Favorite Things
  • Collections and Heirlooms
  • Favorite Family Sports
  • Favorite Family Hobbies
  • Family Vacations
  • Family Reunions
  • Family Traditions
  • Events to Remember
  • Oral Family History
  • Extraordinary Events We Have Survived and Overcome
  • Illnesses
  • Vital Statistics
  • Photographs
  • Genealogy Research


Page Samples:


Genealogical Charts for Research or Fun

Sometimes you need to inject a little fun into your research. Filling in a giant wall chart is one way you can have some fun and learn a little as well. The Genealogist’s Historiograph set is one such educational and relaxing activity. The package provides a two-part set, with each chart sizing in at 22” x 35”. Chart one covers the years 1620 to 1810, with chart two running 1811 to 2000.

These charts provide a way for you to identify historical influences to your own family history. The first column is for the names of your ancestors. The other columns include pre-selected statistics and historical facts. Columns exist for Population, Reigns and Administration, Famous Births & Deaths, Wars and Disasters, and Other Historical Events. None of these columns are completely filled in. Gaps are left where you can include items of interest directly related to your own family. For example, if you ancestors come from a particular town or city, you might research the population of that town for the given dates and include that information. Perhaps you considers a particular ancestor of worthy note in the Famous Births & Deaths column.

Pick up a set of the Genealogist’s Historiograph and the next time you need a break from your research, pull it out and fill in a few lines. You might be surprised at both how fun it can be as well as how much you will learn about your family when viewed in chart form.

Order your Genealogist’s Historiograph set today, from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: AC0020.

Generation Maps Becomes Family ChartMasters

I just heard from Janet Hovorka that Generation Maps has changed their name to Family ChartMasters. Following is their news release.

Easy to use genealogy chart printing service becomes even more accessible

Cedar Hills, Utah. — June 1st, 2011 — Generation Maps, the leading genealogy chart printing service, announces today that it is changing its name to Family ChartMasters.

“We’ve decided to rename in order to simplify and focus our message on exactly what we do the best, “ said Kim Hovorka, CEO, Family ChartMasters. “We’re proud of the excellent customer service we provide and the way we can customize any family’s information to any design a genealogist is looking for. Future users will be able to easily find us now, and future generations will benefit from the family history we are able to display for your family.”

The name Family ChartMasters also comes with a new concentrated tagline, Share•Honor•Inspire, expressing how a genealogist can use a genealogy chart to further their research. Users are encouraged to Share their research, Honor their ancestors, and Inspire their family members with their family’s heritage. Family ChartMasters continues to be an inexpensive, beautiful way to make your genealogy chart ideas a reality.

About Family ChartMasters
Family ChartMasters was established in 2004 to help families express their heritage in a beautiful and attractive way. Family ChartMasters charts provide a visual reminder of your family’s history and help establish feelings of love and confidence that come from knowing who you are and that you are part of a family. Family ChartMasters charts can awaken individual potential embedded in one’s inherited traits and nurture emotional healing through understanding a family’s history.

Family ChartMasters is the premier printing service for any kind of genealogy chart imaginable. In addition to the design-it-yourself online Family ChArtist program, Family ChartMasters continues to offer a multitude of custom chart printing services, including both decorative and working genealogy charts. Custom decorative designs come with an online preview system that gives you personalized attention and feedback until the chart is exactly the way you envision it. Working charts are oversized, inexpensive, family reunion-type charts that display your entire file in one place to write on and add more information. Family ChartMasters has printed working charts up to 800 feet long with information for over 30,000 people. Free consultations are always available at http://www.familychartmasters.com/consult.

Who Do You Think You Are? – Coming to NBC April 20

The following NBC announcement is directly from their website:

The cast of NBC's Who Do You Think You Are?

Some of today’s most-beloved and iconic celebrities including Lisa Kudrow, Sarah Jessica Parker and Susan Sarandon are set to star in NBC’s new alternative series “Who Do You Think You Are?” premiering on Monday, April 20 (8-9 p.m. ET).

From executive producer Kudrow (“Friends,” “The Comeback”) in conjunction with her production company Is or Isn’t Entertainment and the U.K.’s Wall to Wall productions, the series – an adaptation of the award-winning hit British television documentary series – will lead celebrities on a journey of self-discovery as they unearth their family trees that reveal surprising, inspiring and even tragic stories that often are linked to crucial events in American history.

Additional celebrity names will be announced shortly.

The announcement was made today by Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

“No other program gives this unique glimpse into the personal lives of celebrities or takes viewers on a quantum leap through history in such an entertaining way,” said Telegdy. “We are thrilled to have Lisa, Susan and Sarah Jessica kick off this groundbreaking series.”

“This show personalizes history and turns it into a gripping narrative,” said Kudrow. “The most striking thing about the show is the realization of how connected we all are.”

Each episode will take viewers on an emotional, personal – and often mysterious – quest following one of America’s best-known celebrities into his or her past, sharing the celebrity’s surprise as they uncover stories of heroism and tragedy, love and betrayal, secrets and intrigue that lie at the heart of their family history.

At the same time, the series celebrates the twists and turns of a developing great nation and the people who made their way here in search of freedom and opportunity. As each one discovers their unknown relatives – most of whom overcame hard times – the show will take the audience back into world history to expose how the lives of everyone’s collective ancestors’ have shaped today’s world.

“Who Do You Think You Are?” is produced by Wall to Wall productions in association with Is Or Isn’t Entertainment. Alex Graham and Lucy Carter from Wall to Wall and Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky and Don Roos from Is or Isn’t Entertainment are the executive producers. Bryn Freedman (“Intervention”) is the co-executive producer. The unique, award-winning series is based on the popular BBC television documentary series created and executive-produced by Alex Graham.

Wall to Wall is an Emmy Award-winning producer of factual and drama programming. Recently voted one of the seven most creative production companies in the world by the Real Screen Global 100 List, Wall to Wall is best known in the U.S. for the break-out reality formats “Frontier House” and “Colonial House.” Is or Isn’t Entertainment has been developing and producing television for the last five years, producing the critically acclaimed and Emmy nominated series “The Comeback.”

Printable Family Tree Templates

The following news release was written by Savetz Publishing staff:


Seven new family trees and ancestor charts have been added to the Web site FamilyTreeTemplates.net, which offers family tree templates and blank genealogy charts perfect for researchers, young students or anyone interested in tracing their family roots.

The site now offers more than 25 family tree templates that can be instantly downloaded and printed for free in PDF format. Or, site users may opt for a premium, $4 .DOC version that can be edited in Microsoft Word. The .DOC version can be easily customized by keyboarding in family members’ names into the pre-formatted templates.

FamilyTreeTemplates.net was originally launched in September 2008. “I’m really pleased with the response the site has received,” said Kevin Savetz, the site’s creator. “Everyone from classroom teachers to genealogy buffs are finding it fun and easy to instantly download and print these family trees and ancestor charts.”

Savetz said the new additions come directly as a result of site user feedback and requests. “I’ve added more trees for non-traditional families, such as stepfamilies and adoptive families,” he explained. “There’s also a new family tree with room for aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as a tree with room for lots of siblings.”

A family group sheet, commonly used by people researching the branches on their family tree, has been added as well.

Other family tree templates and ancestor charts are available in a variety of full-color, decorative designs as well as simpler black-and-white designs with room to record as many as seven generations.

“There are some cute charts for schoolchildren, as well as more sophisticated charts that are suitable for framing,” Savetz added.

The new family trees join categories such as multi-generation family trees, family trees with graphics, family trees for kids, family trees with room for photos and more.

FamilyTreeTemplates.net was created by Savetz Publishing, Inc. It is among the nearly 40 sites in the FreePrintable.net family of free printables sites created by Savetz Publishing, Inc., a company devoted to creating useful and informative web sites of interest to consumers and small businesses.

From the March 6, 2009 edition of NewsReleasWire.com.