A Review of 4 Family History Book Templates and Workbooks

By | August 9, 2017

Want a book that you can use to fill in details about your family history? Want something that you can put your hard work of research into? Well, you need to check out my review of 4 family history book templates and workbooks.

These books can make this task a little easier with the pre-printed pages and prompts for you to enter your information. Whichever book, or books, that you choose you know that it will be something that you can treasure and of course pass on to your children someday.

Family History Book Templates

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There are numerous books on the market today that you can use to record everything little thing about your life, and also about your ancestors and descendants. So which one do you choose and which one is right for you?

It’s a tough choice, considering this is something that you will use and fill in what you have discovered about your ancestors. You want something that will do the job of course.

With this post I will explore 4 of the most useful and popular books that you can buy. Each of them are quite unique so please read the reviews thoroughly before you do decide on which book is right for you.

Family History Book Templates Reviewed:

Please Note:

These books are available within both the United States and the United Kingdom. I have provided links from your respective countries.

If you do live outside of these two countries and you are interested in any of them then please make sure that they can be delivered to you.

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If you do not wish to pay for a book and merely want family chart templates then please check out the Family History Daily website. There you will 4 Unique Family Tree Templates for Genealogy.

Please check out my Guide to Blank Genealogy Forms and Genealogy Charts where I review free and paid options.


Family Tree Memory Keeper: Your Workbook for Family History, Stories and Genealogy

This is a workbook produced by the highly successful genealogy magazine series known as the Family Tree Magazine. The editors behind memory keeper have made it real easy for you to record and also organize your family history.
Family Tree Memory Keeper

Memory Keeper
Rating 4 Stars
Book Type Paperback
Pages 208 pages
Publisher Family Tree Books; Workbook edition (October 9, 2013)
Place To Buy Amazon
Also available for Amazon Prime customers!

How can Family Tree Memory Keeper help you?!

Within the pages of this book you can keep track of the basic genealogy information that you have collected. It is just a great way for you to log your genealogy research.

And not only can it help you to keep track of where you are but you can share your work among your relatives who are interested to know about their ancestors

One more great thing about this book is that you can then pass it onto your children. They may even pick up where you left off and research even more branches of your family tree.

I know that I won’t be able to trace all of my family lines so it’s something that I can pass on to my daughters and maybe someday they can continue the great work that I have started.

Other information that you can record include:

  • Special family memories, (including traditions),
  • Old family recipes,
  • Heirloom histories, (so you can record the story behind your priceless family treasures),
  • Family records,
  • Newsworthy moments and important dates,
  • Family migrations around the country and immigration into the country as well, and
  • much, much more.

To help you use the book there are dozens of pages where you can fill in what you know already, i.e. the essential information. As you will not know all of the information that you will put into this book straight away there is some very handy research tips provided to get you on your way.

And besides giving you tips there is a list of resources provided so you know where to turn for more information about your ancestors.

Family Tree Memory Maker - Back Page

There is also space within the book where you can mount family photographs which is a great way to put a face to a family story. For me this just brings my family history to life when I see the face of my ancestor where I have heard countless stories about him.

There are maps within the book where you can plot the migration of your ancestors. This is a great way to help you picture where they started life and where they ended up.

Amazon buyers opinions

First of all the consensus from the people who purchased this book felt that it was an excellent buy. They were overwhelmed, (in a good way), with the amount of information that they could put into the book.

Several people though voiced their opinion that this book was not what they were after. But they didn’t elaborate. Only one did say that the book is more suited to the seasoned genealogist rather than a “rookie“.

         

Do I recommend Family Tree Memory Keeper?

I would recommend this book but only if you have been researching your family history for a while and you want to put your notes in order. It is a great book for you to keep track of where you are and what you need to get next.

I like that the book can be easily shown to relatives at family reunions or other occasions. And the advantage of this is that you can easily get more information from them and put I think into your book straight away.


Our Family Tree: A History of Our Family

This is a beautiful hardcover book that is beautifully engraved with a copper-colored tree and writing on the front. Using this high quality book you will be able to preserve your and your partner’s family history that can be passed on to your descendants.
Our Family Tree - A History of our Family Tree

Our Family Tree
Rating 4 Stars
Book Type Hardcover
Pages 142 pages
Publisher Poplar Books (April 20, 2011)
Place To Buy Amazon
Also available for Amazon Prime customers!

How can Our Family Tree: A History of Our Family help you?!

The book has been designed more for the family historian rather than giving you just a few simple genealogy trees to fill in. For me this is an ideal book as I love to record as much information as I can about my ancestry.

It will hold information for as much as 7 generations of your family!

Please note therefore that this book is most suited for a couple and not for an individual who wants to record his or her family history.

Within the pages of this book you are able to record the stories of your family history. There are sections where you can detail the origin and history of your family, provide family photographs, put in military information and memorable events as well.

Our Family Tree - A History of our Family Tree - Pages

There is also a handy “How To” section in the book which will help you trace your family history showing you where to obtain records of your ancestors and where you can go for further information.

Amazon buyers opinions

The majority of people who bought this book did like it, in fact some of them felt that it more than exceeded their expectations. They felt that it did offer space to put in a lot of information.

And some of them felt that the book allowed them to record information that they did not even think about recording originally.

There were a number of people however who had the impression that the book was suitable for one person to record their family history rather than a couple.

Another person did not like the dated appearance of the pages. But I quite like it because it gives you that nostalgia look.

The other niggle from the same person was the repetition of questions throughout the book. In hindsight though you do have to put the same information in again and again anyway. Information such as names, dates, places, etc.

When filling in the book you may find that there are redundant pages that are not relevant to you. Again I feel that this is another small niggle as one book can’t keep EVERYONE happy!

        

Do I recommend Our Family Tree: A History of Our Family?

I sure do. But do you remember that this is more designed for the family historian and for a couple. It is NOT a simple fill-in the information book for an individual.

Just be mindful though when filling in the book which side of the family you are currently on as this is not clearly labelled.


Our Family Tree

This is a similar book to the last in that it is both beautifully designed and is also suitable for couples who are looking to pass on their legacy to their children and grandchildren.

Although it does have less pages than the previous book you can still pack a lot of information into it.
Our Family Tree

Our Family Tree
Rating 5 Stars
Book Type Hardcover
Pages 104 pages
Measures 8.5 inches by 11 inches
Publisher Peter Pauper Press; Spi edition (February 10, 2016)
Place To Buy Amazon
Also available for Amazon Prime customers!

How can Our Family Tree help you?!

The book starts with an introduction and also gives you tips on how to start your search for what you will need to fill in the pages. After that there are sections for you to complete about you and your partner, your marriage, children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren.

Then you can explore both you and your partner’s ancestry, (up to grandparents).

Our Family Tree - Her Ancestry

Fill in the following information:

  • Family matters, milestones, and religious milestones,
  • What’s happening in your world today,
  • What you like,
  • Your pets,
  • Where you have lived and family world map,
  • Family that you miss,
  • Your citizenship,
  • Education and occupations,
  • Military service,
  • Family gatherings,
  • Events and experiences that have brought you two together,
  • What makes your family special,
  • Family health and treasures,
  • Family photographs, mementos and also additional notes, and lastly
  • Sources of information (very important for future generations to continue your valuable work)

Our Family Tree - Photos

As you can see there are many different sections that you can fill in. My advice to you is to start off with what you already know or what information that you have at hand.

Anything else that requires more time can be filled in later.

This is an excellent keepsake for your children and their descendants. The paper used is acid-free which means that it will maintain its integrity for a long time. There is a concealed wire-o binding that makes it a very sturdy book.

Amazon buyers opinions

This book is a lot more recent than the previous family tree book and so has not been reviewed many times by people buying it from Amazon.

However, each and everyone who has bought this book and reviewed it has found it to be a most excellent way to preserve their family history and to pass it on to future generations.

Compliments were made that it gives you plenty of different sections to fill in all sorts of information. It has also been described as:

Perfect for the family ancestry project.

        

Do I recommend Our Family Tree?

Again of course I do, but only if you are a couple who are looking to pass something on to your descendants.

There is a lot of work that you will need to do to fill in this book, but I am sure that your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will love it and appreciate all of the hard work that you have put into it.


Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy

A little bit different from the other books that I have reviewed here. While the other side concentrate on the family tree this workbook is designed for you to outback in your life story.
Story of My Life

Story of My Life
Rating 4 Stars
Book Type Paperback
Pages 192 pages
Publisher Family Tree Books; Workbook edition (August 12, 2016)
Place To Buy Amazon
Also available for Amazon Prime customers!
Also Buy From Shop Family Tree

How can Story of My Life help you?!

The book still has the same intentions as it is a way to preserve memories and stories for generations to come. You can if you wish record the stories of a loved one’s life rather than your own.

Filling in information is pretty much similar to the other books in this post where you are prompted at the relevant sections.

And if you cannot quite remember a memory or a story there is advice and exercises provided that will help jog your memory.

Credit:   Shop Family Tree (part of Family Tree Magazine)

You can talk about:

  • Your parents and siblings,
  • Your childhood,
  • What high school you attended,
  • Your chosen career, and
  • Your adulthood

There is also a section where you can enter vital statistics about yourself and other family members. The purpose of this is obviously for genealogy research.

The great thing about this is that a family member can then use this but book to trace your family tree.

One other thing that I like about this book is that there is space for others to note down their stories a story well.

Story of My Life - Back Page

Amazon buyers opinions

Only a handful of people have reviewed this book on Amazon, but they have still given it a favorable review. It has helped people remember past memories and helped them know the direction to take for their life story.

        

Do I recommend Story of My Life?

Yes I certainly would recommend this workbook. But please remember who this book is designed for.

If you want something where you can enter your personal information so that it can be passed down the generations then this book is for you.


My Final Thoughts

As I pointed out at the start of this post there are numerous books that can be used for family history purposes. So, I hope that I have made your decision a little easier.

The first book, Family Tree Memory Keeper, is an excellent choice but do remember that this is suited for someone who has been researching their family tree for a while.

The second and third books that are both titled Our Family Tree are pretty much the same. The former does offer more pages and I much prefer the style of the pages. But that’s a personal preference. You may quite like the look of the third book.

And then I come to the final book, Story of My Life. This is a great book for you to record your life and to pass this down to your children or grandchildren.

The theme of this book is a little different to the other books that I have reviewed here. I wanted to include it though as it is still a great book for you to record your own personal life story.


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4 thoughts on “A Review of 4 Family History Book Templates and Workbooks

  1. Teresa

    I really like the idea of transferring all of my digital data to a book. I am concerned that if I don’t transfer it no one will know to go and get it off my ancestry account.

    I will be buying one of these for sure!

    Reply
    1. Owain Post author

      Hi Teresa. You can transfer the information from your digital files but you have to write them in yourself with these books. I will be covering what to do digitally in an upcoming post so keep an eye out for that.

      Reply
  2. Justin C.

    Genealogy really gets me excited because i love to learn about my family. I love to discover family that i have never met and then connect with them because i’m sure they have also wondered the same.

    To me, family is the most important part of life and i cannot wait to start my own.

    I feel that i will be the first to start the recording of my families past, present, and future. I personally really like the book titled “Our Family Tree-A History Of Our Family” because when i get married i will then be apart of two families. How exciting 🙂

    I am also really impressed with the overall look and the contents inside. something that i would feel honored to pass down to the next generation and one that i would be excited to write in. Thanks for sharing this awesome post!

    Reply
    1. Owain Post author

      Thanks for your comment Justin. These books are all unique in their own way so I AMA glad that you have found the one for you. They are all great quality books and the one you have chosen will be great for passing to your children 🙂

      To get you started on your family history journey you can check out my Ten Step Guide. It will show you where you need to start.

      All the best.,
      Owain

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