"Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You create yourself out of those values."
― Ralph Ellison
― Ralph Ellison
We are sure that you too would love to make a family tree of your own and preserve it, 'cause this is something that we believe all families should have. You should have some knowledge as to who your great, great grandfather was or who your first ancestors were. It's really interesting trying to draw a family tree that displays all your siblings, their spouses, and their children. It's something that the entire family can do together. If you want some information, here is a template that you can try out. This will help you in your mission of making the perfect family tree!
Making a Family Tree
If you have decided that you're going to make a family tree, then you have to be prepared to work really work hard for it. You have to involve your entire family in this task, mainly the elders. Ask around for personal information, which will help you gather valuable information.
You can also ask friends or community members who have known your family for a long time. Make sure that you make notes of all the information you come across. Have you read the book, 'Songs of Blood and Sword' by Fatima Bhutto (daughter of Murtaza Bhutto and granddaughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto)? She had lost her father at a very young age and her grandfather was killed even before she was born. Even so, she was able to write the book because she spent years searching for links not only in Pakistan, but all over the world, including the university where her father studied once upon a time. She did face many difficulties, but in the end, she gained the success she was striving for. Similarly, you too might face difficulties, but the trick is to NOT give up. Try, try, and try again.
Nowadays, there are many software that can help you in your task of tracing your family tree. This family tree is something that you (and future generations) will treasure for years to come. It will take lots of patience and time, and you will probably have to make several drafts of it before you are actually satisfied with your work. Make sure that you do not leave out anyone from the tree, and if you are not sure about anything, leave it blank. Here is a sample to give you a better idea.
The female family members have been shown in pink, while the male members have been shown in blue. Four generations of this family have been shown along with all the cousins and nephews and nieces.
Now that you have a template, both filled and blank, it will give you an idea as to how you can go about making your own. Make one and keep it at home for you and your future generations. Good luck, and don't forget to enjoy the process! Happy researching!