Our family has a tradition of keeping and passing down a Book of Remembrance–a history of our family.

We include pedigree charts, family group sheets, and stories, all based on the idea that a record should be kept, Malachi 3:16 “and a book of remembrance was written” and Genesis 5:1 “This is the book of the generations of Adam”.

I don’t want to “update” the versions that have been passed down to me by replacing the dated pedigree charts with new ones, so I’m making each member of my family their own Book of Remembrance including that person as the starting person in that book’s pedigree charts.

The ones that have been handed down to me are printed as 8.5″ x 14″ landscape style books which are hard, but not impossible to find. The old-fashioned binders passed down to me can still be purchased on auction sites, like Ebay, but I’m going to use a more modern, three-ring binder.

I like the Legal Landscape three-ring binders because you can include old legal documents and oversized genealogy papers in the book.

Here’s an example of a three-ring binder I purchased:

You can purchase dividers with tabs for this book. These followed the pattern of Blue for a father’s paternal line, Green for a father’s maternal line; Red for a mother’s paternal line; and Yellow, for a mother’s maternal line. Then the extra white and red tab will be for stories and documents.

I included plastic sleeves at the back with photocopies of family documents/vital records. And I’ll let family decide which stories they want included in their books.

Here’s another binder, also Legal Landscape, but it allows you to print a cover page and you will be able to see the title on the binding IF you are able to shelve it.

My husband prefers 8.5″ x 11″ portrait size pedigree charts in binders that fit more easily on bookshelves, so I’ll be preparing them both ways, depending on the book recipient’s tastes. The one picture below is popular with genealogists for their final product.

I love online family trees and family tree sites, but it’s also nice to be able to hold a printed version, and flip through the pages, adding stories, photos, and documents as you find them, making it your own family treasure. Our family trees have some errors but hopefully we’ll be motivated to research and correct our trees when we find the errors in print. It’s a fun tradition to pass down ~ imperfections and all.

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