Some ideas to get started on putting together a family book, either as originals or copies.
* Photos--Newborns, christenings, infants, school groups, proms, graduations, yearbooks, engagements, military service, weddings, holiday gatherings, reunions, anniversary parties, family homes, pets. (Don't forget children's silhouettes.)
* The Family Tree--Handwritten, printed or typed with room for additions.
* Maps--To pinpoint where family members live, or where the family originated, or all the places a child has lived.
* Children's Works--Scribblings, art, first attempts at writing, handprints.
* Letters--Special notes from children and adults.
* Newspaper Articles--Births, engagements, wedding announcements, obituaries, news "the day you were born." (Ask your librarian how to copy material from microfilmed back issues of news papers.)
* Documents and Official Papers: Deeds, wills, marriage certificates, receipts, military discharge papers, awards, diplomas (any from grammar school to graduate school), baby's footprints, baptismal certificates, a teen's first driver's license, report cards.
* Self-portraits--Children to adults.
* Sheet Music--Favorite family songs, lullabies, a child's first piano or band piece, recital pieces.
* Books--Illustrations and text of favorite poems, nursery rhymes, yearbook pictures.
* Tombstone rubbings--Reduced by photocopying.
* Programs--School plays, recitals, graduations.
* Pressed flowers.
* Greeting cards--Valentines, birthdays, Mother's and Father's Day cards, the cornier the better.
* Cutouts--Pictures cut from catalogues or magazines showing a child's favorite toys or recording artists at a certain period.
* Post cards and souvenirs.