How does one give the gift of family? It is doubtful that we'll be able to publish a complete family history with a picture for every person within the next few weeks, so I suggest that something simpler would be in order. There are always ads in the genealogy magazines for poster-sized, framed pedigree charts, but my thoughts are even simpler. Perhaps the best resource currently available is Pinterest, a Website that has become an online bulletin board for anyone and everyone to be able to post ideas that will undoubtedly be interesting to someone. By going to www.pinterest.com, you can initiate a search for genealogy gifts, family history ideas, etc., and enjoy the offerings that present themselves. People are innately very clever, and I know that you will find ideas that appeal to you. Following are just a few examples:
ANCESTOR BLOCKS: Decoupage copies of some pictures onto blocks of wood. Not only would this be fun for the young members of your family, but it is also a great conversation piece.
CAPTURING GENERATIONS: This idea could be done as the same person showing the various stages of his life, or it could be four generations; this has far more impact over the normal snapshot of a 4-generation family line.
SUBWAY ART: This is one of my favorite ideas because you can do it yourself using MS Word, Word Art, on your computer. I did one using family names, and while a bit time-consuming, the end result was well worth it. Print it out on parchment paper, frame it, and you have a great gift.
Let this be the year for the gift of family.