Family Tree – by Sharron Benedict

 

I have the pleasure of introducing In the Lemon Tree’s first guest blogger, Sharron Benedict. I am beyond fortunate that she is my mother and my very first teacher! From her, I learned the importance of sharing stories, keeping family history and passing on traditions. She is very much the inspiration for the information shared at In the Lemon Tree. In simple yet powerful ways, my mom has given her children and grandchildren roots by simply preserving stories in a multitude of ways.

Here is one simple idea from Sharron to share with your children and grandchildren!

The family tree is really a very big word called genealogy.

  1. Draw a tree – you will be at the base of the tree.
  2. Write your name – the month, day and year you were born – and the state and country where you were born.
  3. The first branch on the left side will be your Father’s branch.
  4. Write his name – the month, day and year he was born – and the state and country where he was born.
  5. The first branch on the right side will be your Mother’s branch
  6. Write her name – the month, day and year she was born – and the state and country where she was born.
  7. Keep adding a branch on each side. The next people will be your parent’s mothers and Fathers, your grandparents.
  8. Keep adding branches; the next branches will be your great-grandparents and then your great-great grandparents.

Sometimes it is very hard to get this information so you will then become a detective. You will need to have conversations with your parents and grandparents to obtain this important information. You can ask them to tell you special stories about your family. While you are having dinner or sitting out under the stars or riding in your car, you can ask these questions. Write this information down and you are now writing your family story.

Family Tree, by Sharron Benedict
Family Tree, by Sharron Benedict

The family tree formats pictured above are from photo scrapbooking packages

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