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Genealogy Quote from Author Larry Barkdull

Genealogy Quote from Larry Barkdull


Heirlooms for Family Historians ~ The Family Tree

I found something new about family trees the other day. Jeanette Simpson from KidSpace Interiors shares a post for family historians. Thanks, Jeanette. Look forward to hearing more from you another day.

One or two pictures are missing here. To see them all, please visit Jeanette’s blog at KidSpace Interiors.

Heirloom Accessories: The Family Tree

Want a good laugh? Watch your child’s expression when grandma says she is your mom and they reply, “No you’re not. You’re grandma.” Little kids can’t grasp the idea that their parents were once children and that grandma was once a baby too. Displaying a family tree with heirloom photos helps kids see their lineage more clearly.

Making an easy family tree

Creating a family tree is easy. Just start with your family . . . mom, dad, and kids. From there, add both sets of grandparents, then great-grandparents if you can. Siblings can be added as well if you have space, which helps kids see how cousins became cousins!

Some trees use names only. Some contain names and dates, or photos and names. The format used isn’t the important part. It is the family names and photos that matter most and teaching your kids about their own family and ancestors. There are plenty of design ideas on family trees, but here are a few of my favorites:

Some favorite family trees

My Family TreeA great family tree for younger children. Help them add photos of each grandparent, frame, and hang in the playroom or bedroom.


Tree on a wall Paint a tree on the wall and add names of each member of the family to one of the birds. Kids will love the colorful display.
Another family tree variation from My Kirkland’s. Ready made frame with cutouts in the mat. All you do is add photos and hang on the wall.

Contemporary treeMore size options for photos in this contemporary family tree from Bed Bath & Beyond. Would look great in a nursery or teen girl bedroom.
 Wall treeThis tree is one of my favorites! Frames are arranged to draw the eye in while branches move your eye from one photo to the next.
 Twig tree Give kids copies of family photos and real tree branches to create this family tree. Use a non-breakable container for smaller kids and do without the water.

Elegant 5-generation chart An elegant version of a 5-generation pedigree chart. Use this idea to design your own chart to hold photos, names, or a combination of both.


Simply beautiful tree Simply beautiful family tree from Jill Means Design. Since every family is different, this tree is a custom creation. Be sure to notice the background…it is a map.

Fan chart Older children may be more interested in the more elaborate Fan Chart. This one shows 12 generations of names and dates for some. Quite the visual for kids to see just how many came before.

A visible reminder

Kids love family photos and as they get older, the names will come to mean more. There is something special about knowing where you came from and those who paved the way before. It gives kids roots to cling to and strength as they grow and mature. Using heirloom photos to create family tree is a visible reminder of generations of influence in their lives.

About Jeanette Simpson

Jeanette SimpsonJeanette Simpson is an Interior Designer and owner of KidSpace Interiors, specializing in commercial and residential design of children’s spaces. Prior to opening KidSpace, she was part of award winning design teams within architectural firms in Atlanta and Sarasota, Florida. Jeanette is graduate of Brigham Young University, author of a guidebook for interior design interns, and furniture designer for a high-end children’s furniture company (pirate ship bed is her favorite). A former fast-pitch softball coach, she is a mother of six and grandmother of 17 (at last count!), loves family history and teaching kids.

Epic Genealogy Contests – Weeks Ten/Eleven

Congratulations to the following contestants who each won an electronic copy of  Linda Weaver Clarke’s Writing Your Family Legacy. Epic Genealogy Contest

Last week’s winners


Stephanie Abney


Anissa Davis



Caroline Clemmons

Angi Caples

Thank you!

Thank you so much, Linda, for providing these prizes. And thanks to everyone who took part.

This week’s genealogy contest

Week eleven begins today. Click on Genealogy Contest  or hover your mouse over the Contest Tab at top of page and choose Genealogy Contest – Week Eleven/September 21  from the drop-down menu. Enjoy!

Genealogy Quote of the Week – Gail Lumet Buckley

This week’s genealogy quote comes from Gail Lumet Buckley the author of two books and a contributor to many periodicals.

Gail Lumet Buckley

Gail Lumet Buckley

Gail Lumet Buckley is the daughter of Hollywood star Lena Horne, and publisher Louis Jones. Her great-grandparents were descendants of slaves who settled in New York. She graduated from Harvard with degree in French. She was also active in the Harvard Dramatic Club and in 1957  won the best acting prize at the Yale Drama festival. In 1959 she worked for the Marie-Claire magazine in Paris. The following year Gail returned to New York where, for a short time, she had a part in a musical called Valmouth, before beginning work in the advertising world where she worked for a while on a speech-making tour in support of John F. Kennedy.

In 1986, Gail published her first book, The Hornes: An American Family, which chronicled her family’s history along with the story of the black middle class in America. Her second book, American Patriots: Blacks in Uniform: From Bunker Hill to Desert Storm, was published in 2001, and is a history of African-American involvement in the American military. In 1987, the University of Southern Indiana awarded Gail an honorary doctorate. Her books are in Who’s Who Among African-Americans, 15th ed., Gale Group, 2002 and Writer’s Directory, 18th ed., St. James Press, 2002.

Genealogy quote from Gail Lumet Buckley

Family faces are like magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.


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