We all need roots to feel we have a foundation to grow from. A base, such as a solid stem or trunk, to gain strength as we face challenges in life. Branches to reach for lofty heights and extend to do good. Our family tree helps us individually see the many talents, abilities and life-lessons we can gain as we learn about our family.
That’s why in our Learn-Practice-Become we are filling our a Family Tree for our self. Then with our children and grandchildren if we have them.
Do you know many of the details about your family?
What they look like, maybe when they were younger?
Do you resemble them physically?
Do you know where they were born?
WHY is this even important?
Because as we learn about our family, we practice one of the most important responsibilities we have. That of connecting our past to the present and the future. It helps us become our very best as we understand more about our relationships, our culture and more about the people we are related to.
HOW can we accomplish this, or even begin?
It’s very simple!
I have created two FREE Fill In Family History Tree templates for you to choose from so you can easily ‘see’ your family!
Make sure to JOIN and download them!
What is the purpose of a Family Tree?
It helps us learn about those who are related to us in a visual way; putting people together like a puzzle with faces, dates and understanding how we are related.
Such as these questions:
- Do you know your grandparents?
- Do you have pictures of them?
- What information do you have for your parents?
- Do you know when they were born or how did they meet?
- What are your great-grandparents like?
- Where they are from?
These are all important bits of information that add up and can help you become a better person and understand more about yourself.
How does filling out a Family Tree help your family?
As your children understand their relationships with the present, they feel a foundation in their life. They connect with the past, which most often brings a stronger identity, resulting in more self confidence and resilience in their present attitude and outlook.
Now to choose from two different Free Family Trees that I have created for you. Each begins with the child, to the parents and then the grandparents on both sides so it isn’t overwhelming, but gets the information started and the curiosity going.
Though it shows a child in the example, it is intended for any age, and every stage of life.
A little more before getting started of WHY family history is so important for your kids, teens and you.
I really like these quotes to help us understand why learning about our family is worthwhile and significant:
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” —Marcus Garvey
- Eighty families (were interviewed), including both parents and children, to see how much they knew about their own family’s history. Among the questions: Do you know where some of your grandparents grew up? Do you know the source of your name? Do you know some of the illnesses and injuries that your parents experienced when they were younger? The result? The more children knew about the previous generations of their family, the higher their self-esteem and basically, the happier they were. (Source: https://forward.com/opinion/404668/do-your-kids-and-grandkids-know-their-family-history/) 
- In the preteen years, children whose families collaboratively discuss everyday events and family history more often have higher self-esteem and stronger self-concepts. And adolescents with a stronger knowledge of family history have more robust identities, better coping skills, and lower rates of depression and anxiety. Family storytelling can help a child grow into a teen who feels connected to the important people in their life. (Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/12/what-kids-learn-from-hearing-family-stories/282075/)
- Many people desire to know where they come from, but a sense of belonging is especially important for children and youth. A knowledge about their family history gives children of all ages a sense of their place in the world. It can also give young people something to live up to—a legacy to respect. Family history also provides an opportunity for children and teenagers to make a meaningful contribution to something bigger than themselves. This lesson provides ideas about how to involve children and youth in family history activities. Children and youth who develop an interest in family history are more likely to participate in family history throughout their lives. You will find a great wealth of information on this site (Source: ttps://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Involve_Children_and_Youth_in_Family_History)
FREE FAMILY TREE DOWNLOADS
Did you get your family trees? JOIN now if not
1- You will find this template, which is editable and fill-in!
Simply help your child, or fill it in yourself!
Type in the names and dates as you find them using the editable or fill-in feature.
Print it out and glue or draw in the face of the person who’s name is below the circle.
This can also be printed and written on the lines, without using the editable or fill-in feature.
2- You’ll also find this template along with the other one, which is too is editable and fill-in.
This one was created in Canva  – it does not require a paid account to use this template.
b) You will want to download the instructions in the library right next to this template for easy use that look like this:
WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION TO HELP ME FILL IN MY FAMILY TREE?
Steps To EASILY Search Your Family Tree
Step 2 –
Click on the title: FAMILY TREE 
Step 3 –
Type in your name and information and keep adding to the name of the nearest deceased relative.
FamilySearch will do an automatic search for the deceased person to see if that person has already been added to FamilySearch.
If they have been added previously, you just need to click “add”. If not, you will need to create a “new” person.
Step 4 –
Once that person’s name comes up, click on that person to see information to add to it, or see what’s there!
If nothing appears then you get to start your very own Family Tree right there on Family Search if you’d like! You can contact them for help also.
You can read more about Family History in my first of this series: You Learn More About Yourself By Doing This! 
Another wonderful resource for Genealogy is Rachel’s beginners guide to Genealogy: https://hobbyhelp.com/genealogy/
Family History is truly one of the greatest adventures of self discovery we will set out on.
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2019
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