Keep reading to learn more about adding your own family history photos to this Vintage Family Tree Canva Template. How beautiful is this family tree?! I’ve been exploring the Library of Congress website a bit lately and stumbled across this colorful and detailed but EMPTY Family Record. A few weeks ago I finished scanning a few negatives of very old heritage photos on my mom’s side and an idea was born!
The Library of Congress offers many of it’s digitized images free for use with no copyright restrictions. (The women and children’s section of the Civil War photo collection is incredible!) The kids playing and the apples with positive family character attributes are so charming! Charity, Contentment, Piety – How about them apples! I also like the upper left and right hand corners which depict the different generations and phases of life. It’s hard to see but the grandma and grandpa look a little irritated like it’s time for their granddaughter to go jump over the apple tree and go home. I played around with the image a bit in Canva and added ancestors from the group portrait on my mom’s side that I recently scanned along with pictures of their two sons who did not live with them at the time. Here’s how it turned out:
If you want to make one too I made a template in Canva for you! All you need is a free Canva account. You upload the photos you’d like to include in your tree and drop them into the ovals. Double click the image to resize and center the face of each person by adjusting the size of the image. Repeat for each oval. If you have a group photo you will need to drop the same photo into each oval for every family member in the photo. Add the names below in the text boxes and “established” date at the top. I used the date Vincent and Alexandra were married. This example shows the faces in one family group but I think it would be nice to have a married couple with their parents and grandparents for each side. I also want to make one with my parents in the center with me, my husband, my brother and his wife and then our children. Feel free to get creative! We all know family trees are as unique as the people in them and the people who create them.
The template size is 8 inches by 10 inches and I plan to print mine through Persnickety Prints the next time I have a big order. Have fun! Show me what you make by tagging me on Instagram or comment below.
If you’re in need of scanning services in order to complete your tree I can pickup in the Los Angeles area or receive client projects by mail. Send me a message I’d love to hear about your photo project.