Sometimes the most difficult part of making a family tree book is just getting started. It can be difficult sometimes to decide where to begin, especially if you are new to the hobby of archiving family photos. However, there are many great ideas floating around in all kinds of places that can help you out so that you can be on your way to creating a great family tree book in no time at all.
The first thing that you are going to need to do is collect the photos that you want to include in your book, if there are any that you wish to be added. A family archive does not have to be only written information; it can also be a photojournalistic account of generations through time. If you only have data to include in your record, be sure before you start that you gather all of the names of people, their birth dates and dates of their death, wedding dates and any other pertinent information that you want to include in this important record.
It is always easier in the long run to collect everything that will be included in the family tree book as opposed to collecting things little by little as you go along. When you do it all in the beginning, you should then lay everything out and organize it in the way you are going to want it to appear in the record. The more organized you are with everything, the more you are going to enjoy putting everything together when it comes to your family tree book.
If you do decide to add in photos of relatives, be sure that you only use paper, glue, tape and ink that is acid free. Items that are not acid free are not safe for photos, because over the years the pictures will slowly dissolve and ruin. You will be able to tell the safe items from those that are not safe, because the packaging should say right on the front that they are acid free or photo safe. If you come across a product that you are unsure about, do not hesitate to ask an associate for help.
Another good tip to use when you are working on this kind of a project is to have your book follow some kind of a theme. This might be something as simple as having it centered on children of the family with the details consisting of information about parents and grandparents, back through the generations. You could also do something that is a little more advanced, such as having the album follow a historic theme. Many people who go this route will collect copies of newspaper articles and other accounts of major historic events, and then create family tree book pages around those events featuring members of the family who lived during that particular event.