Tip 24: Trim your tree. Part of “Genealogy Road Trip Tips: Take Your Loved Ones With You” — 30 posts in 30 days for NaBloPoMo 2016.
Now that you have filed your findings from your genealogy road trip it’s time to trim your family tree with all of the shimmery new family history details that you and your travel partner collected.
After all, the overriding purpose of your road trip was to expand your knowledge about your ancestors and their history — and to make discoveries that enlarged upon what you already knew.
So fire up your genealogy software program and come up with a plan for adding all of your newfound information. The holiday season is upon us — what better time to trim your family tree?
Here are some tips to get you started:
Add new people and relationships. Did you discover any new ancestral connections or collateral relatives during your trip? If so, include them in your trim-a-tree by adding them into your genealogy software program — along source citations confirming where you found the information.
Dress up the people already in your tree. Did vital records, cemetery records, church or historical records yield new information about ancestors or collateral relatives who are already in your tree? If so, be sure to add this information, with source citations, to dress up their details.
Decorate with digital images. Many genealogical software programs allow you to drag and drop photographs and images directly into your family tree. If you have one of these programs, then by all means add some of the images you and your travel partner collected during your genealogy road trip. Photographs of ancestral homes, scans of historical maps and images of genealogical documents will add vibrant colors to your tree.
Add sparkle with notes, anecdotes and ancestral stories. Genealogy software usually has a space where narrative notes can be added. Include brief summaries of your genealogy road trip adventures, describe how you and your travel partner discovered new family details, and tell the stories that emerged about your ancestors — these are the glittering tinsel that will really make your tree shine.
Place gifts beneath the tree. Finally, what’s a well trimmed tree without beautiful gifts arrayed beneath it? And the most precious present you can give to a love one is the gift of family history.
Please stop back for more on this in the next post — Tip 25: Share your stories.
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