If you plan on including past generations as you work on family scrapbook ideas, begin by sorting out your photos. Place maternal-side photos in one pile and fraternal-side photos in another pile. As you sort through them, use post-it notes and write down information about each photo, such as full name, relation to you, age of person in the photo, etc.
Attach the post-it-note at the bottom of the photo.
In preparation for scrapbooking your family's history, use a downloadable family tree or one that you have designed by hand, to list the relatives on your mother's side of the family (i.e. siblings, parents, aunts, uncles). For each relative, write down as much of the following information that you're able to gather on a separate sheet of paper. You might need to contact relatives to find out some fun stories or new information.
♥ Full name (first, middle, last)
♥ Was the person named after anyone in particular?
♥ Any nicknames?
♥ Date and place of birth
♥ Relation to your mother
♥ Diseases and health concerns
♥ Education (i.e. completed 8th grade, graduated from college)
♥ Marriage (to whom, when, where)
♥ Special honors or awards
♥ If deceased, person's age when he/she passed away. Burial information.
♥ Special memories about the person
Once you're through gathering information about the relatives on your mother's side of the family, do the same with your father's side of the family.