Two types of family trees to choose from to fill-in

EASY Way to Fill In YOUR Family Tree!

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Two types of family trees to choose from to fill-in

FREE Fill-in Family Tree for anyone of all ages and stages of life

FREE Fill-In Family History Tree Templates to Download

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!

If you choose the template with pictures, you begin by putting in your picture, name and birth date.

Then your mom’s picture and her name and birth date.

Next your dad’s picture and his birth date.

On to your mom’s mother’s picture – which would be your grandmother’s picture and her information, and so on.

See how straightforward!

One Family Tree template includes pictures as a download, one is to be pasted in or drawn in, and both are Editable/Fill-In. 


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.



 Two Easy FREE Fill-In Family Tree with or without Pictures Template

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:


  • 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:


  • 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://


BECOME better by actually DOING this!:)


1- THIS FREE TEMPLATE is editable and fill-in.  Simply help your child, or do it yourself, to 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. 

Two types of family trees to choose from to fill-in

FREE Fill-in Family Tree for anyone of all ages and stages of life

2-  THIS FREE TEMPLATE WITH PICTURES is also editable and fill-in, done with Canvait does not require a paid account to use this template. 

HERE are the instructions for this 2nd style of Family Tree 


Two types of family trees to choose from to fill-in

FREE Fill-in Family Tree for anyone of all ages and stages of life

b) HERE are the very easy detailed instructions for this Free Template with Pictures, along with the Family Tree.  It includes step-by-step instructions and pictures so you can easily make this Family Tree.


c) AND you can visit my YouTube Channel HERE where I have a video titled: Family Tree Instructional Video to walk you through these instructions!

Two types of family trees to choose from to fill-in

FREE Fill-in Family Tree instructions for anyone of all ages and stages of life


Steps To EASILY Search Your Family Tree


Step 1 –

Click HERE to go to and you will find  the area titled: FAMILY TREE


Step 2 –

Click on the title: FAMILY TREE  or HERE


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 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:


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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Cup Cake Wars

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I have a terrific idea for a GREAT activity for

A Family Reunion that all ages could be involved in

A Girl’s Night Out or Date Night — oh, the competition could be fierce, lol

Cub Scout Pack Meeting

Girls Daddy Daughter or Mommy Daughter Activity

Group Date

Youth Activity

Or for anytime you want to have fun with a group of people, it is:


  • Have people to run the store during the game
  • Have a timer
  • Prizes for winners of categories for creation of theme

Choose a THEME

You will need some sort of exchange or currency to work with:

  • tickets
  • play money such as at the dollar store
  • printed pretend money
  • anything that works for your purpose
  • game chips

Items to decorate the cup cakes with that can be purchased at the ‘store’ such as*:  These will need to be separated/portioned into small cups or bowls

  • chocolate chips
  • licorice
  • mini marshmellows
  • regular marshmellows
  • sprinkles
  • gummy bears
  • gummy worms
  • tootsie rolls
  • mini oreo’s
  • teddy grahams
  • graham crackers
  • extra cupcakes
  • ice cream cones
  • mini m&m’s
  • skittles
  • coconut
  • fruit snacks (to cut out shapes)
  • dragees (the little silver or other colored edible balls)
  • jimmies
  • icing candy decoration
  • edible glitter
  • cookies
  • styrofoam blocks or shapes
  • small cardboard shapes, flags, etc
  • let your imagination go crazy!

Each team or table will need:

  • a disposable table cloth
  • a foam board to form their creation on – the BEST way to do this is a foam board from the Dollar Store (in the same place as the poster board, that you Sharon for that idea!)
  • a pencil and paper to scratch out the design

Cup Cake Wars 8Cupcakes.  Make up 12-18 cupcakes per team

  • these could be easily made up ahead and frozen, which actually makes them easier to decorate if frozen when beginning the game


the frosting you see in the picture I made ahead, chilled and then stirred.  It looks like mashed potatoes, but it worked just fine.

Assign an amount to each item for store for purchase from your supplies*

Tip – have for FREE to make the game competitive, extremely creative and exciting: (NO cost but can regulate how many per team if desired)

  • use of food coloring
  • extra bowls for mixing frosting
  • plastic spoons for mixing
  • plastic knifes for spreading
  • plastic fork to use for making a pattern or texture
  • toothpicks
  • popsicle sticks
  • straws
  • skewers Cup Cake Wars 10

To play the game!

Divide up teams which can be done in several ways such as:

  • giving participants a piece of colored paper when they arrive
  • assigning numbers to divide into teams
  • counting off to make teams
  • if it is group dates, then divide by twos, fours or six participants per team

Announce the theme

Each team has 3 minutes to come to the ‘store’ to see the items available for purchase.

Teams go back to their table and have 5 minutes to plan and draw out their design of their creation. 

Each team is allowed to send 2 people to the store to purchase supplies

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Allow 15 minutes or whatever is determined is best.  Fifteen is great for kids, thirty would be good for youth or family reunion and maybe forty-five for a ladies night or date night.During the game have one or two ‘FREE’ times the store is opened for participants to come get a few new items you put up that are left over or that you put out that were not there before just to make it fun and interesting.

When the game is over, let everyone shine and show off their creation!

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Thank you Sharon so much for helping me work out the details and pulling it all together for the Cub Scout Pack Meeting!

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Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today

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