A good way to help keep up with grandparents, great- grandparents and great-great-grandparents is to draw a family tree. You will need image a piece of white poster paper.  Draw a large tree.  Place your name at the bottom and work up.  List your parents and then their parents.  Continue until you can no longer find the names.

You may want to list dates of births and death if you can find them.  Ask relatives to help you finish your tree.  On a separate page you may want to write down a "neat" fact about each person.

For more information on the care of
family papers and photographs
please write to the Education Curator at:
Alabama Department of Archives and History
P.O. Box 300100
Montomgery, Alabama 36130-0100
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Where did Sally Jane Smith get her name?
Which of her relatives were doctors?
How far back did she draw her family tree?
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Updated: September 18, 2008