Family History: Using maps, documents, letters, and other artifacts in your personal history

Family History: Using maps, documents, letters, and other artifacts in your personal historyBy Barry J. Ewell

In addition to photographs, you can effectively use a wide variety of artifacts to help expand and bring meaning to your writings. For example, you can do the following in your personal history:

  • Use maps to show current boundaries for counties, states, or other areas and the boundaries that existed at the time your family lived there. Use a map to show the migration path of your ancestors. Use different styles of lines and a legend to show historic and current boundaries and routes of migration. When using photocopies ofactual historic family documents, also include a typed transcription. Continue reading