Seven Ways to Preserve Family Traditions

By Rachel Christian

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Do you want to preserve your family’s traditions but aren’t sure where to start? Whether you’re crafty or techie, here are seven ideas to get the creative juices flowing. These projects can help you preserve and share your family traditions in a variety of ways. Browse through and see what method best suits the stories you want to tell.

1. Family Tree Magazine Traditions Recording Form

You can’t go wrong with a good form! Our free traditions recording form allows you to easily record and organize information about your family’s customs. Even if you choose a different method to officially preserve your family’s traditions, this form is a great first step.

Visit the link below to download your form. From there, you can fill it out on the computer or print it to include in a family history book, binder, or folder.

Record information about your family’s traditions and folklore.

2. Family History Books

Family history books are classic preservation projects. They are a great way to preserve traditions and stories in an engaging, visually appealing way. There are so many different kinds of family history books, from photo books to recipe collections and more. No matter what you want to preserve, books are a great way to ensure your family traditions last for years to come.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift, skip the shops and get out your family records. Share your glad tidings with these DIY family history book projects.

3. Memoirs

Remember: your history is also family history! Memoirs are simply a piece of writing based on your personal experiences. Memoirs provide a place to record your family traditions as you experience them. Not only does this ensure your traditions are preserved, but your story as well. Future genealogists will thank you!

Preserve your legacy and your family’s stories with a guided autobiography. Richard Campbell shares three easy steps, plus 10 themes for your memoir.

4. Crafts and DIY Projects

Of course, not everyone is excited by the idea of writing! For those wanting a more creative, tactile method of preserving family traditions, there are so many fun craft projects to choose from. Crafts are a project that can be enjoyed by other family members, including kids, which means you can make memories as you preserve them! Some of our favorite crafts include family history displays, wall decor and, of course, classic family tree posters.

Don’t hide your family history! Show it off with these inspiring projects and gift ideas using your family photos and heirlooms.

5. Family Newsletter

One of the best things about family newsletters is that their value compounds over time. With every newsletter you send out, you are adding to a living archive of your family’s history. Your newsletter could include family news such as graduations and marriages, but also family lore and traditions. Check out the article below to learn how to create both print and digital family newsletters!

Reconnect with your family and friends by sending an informative, engaging family newsletter – these tips will show you how.

6. Family History Website

Creating a website may seem daunting, but thanks to modern tools it’s easy and inexpensive for anyone to do. Websites are particularly good because you can continually add to and edit your website content, as well as share text, photos and links all in one place. Websites are also a good for easily sharing family history with far-flung relatives.

Of course, a website shouldn’t be the only place you store family information. As with all digital methods, you’ll need to create a backup!

It’s easy and inexpensive to set up a family history website that will put you in charge of your clan’s online dream home.

7. Family History Podcast

Podcasts are powerful storytelling tools, especially when it comes to family history interviews. Podcasts can be played on a computer, MP3 music player or over the internet, and, like websites, you don’t have to be a technology guru to produce them. The article below explains how you can get started. Also like websites, you’ll need to keep a backup!

Give voice to your family history with our four-step guide to creating your own podcasts.

Last Updated: January 2021

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