Last week I posted how easy Chatbooks are to create. I received a few emails and messages asking about the ancestor photos books.
Here’s a quick tutorial on how I created mine.
I started by finding ancestor photos. We had quite a few already. I also looked online at Family Search and was able to get more photos that others had uploaded of our common ancestors. That was very fun because many of them we hadn’t seen before!
I originally thought I would create just one ancestor book but quickly realized I would have to do a his and hers sort of thing for each side of our family. I created a “Wadsworth Chatbook” folder and a “Ventura Chatbook” folder on my computer. As I found photos I’d label them and add them to whichever folder they belonged. Knowing that this book would be for my children I started with their great-grandparents since they already know their grandparents. We are fortunate enough to have quite a few photos going back several generations. Once I had sixty I was done since each Chatbook holds sixty photos.
Then I created a Wadsworth Ancestor album and a Ventura Ancestor album on Facebook and set the privacy setting on those albums to “Only Me.”
Once the photos were uploaded I added captions to each photo and included how they were related to my children. See the photos below as an example.
If the captions aren’t too long they will fit on the same page as the photo in the Chatbook. If they are too long, say you want to include a story, then it will take up a page or more in the Chatbook so you’ll have text instead of photos on those pages. I also arranged the order of the photos so they went back in generations. Great-grandparents first, then great-great grandparents, 3rd great grandparents, etc.
Up to this point all of this was done with my computer. Once I had the captions completed I used my phone to connect the Chatbook app to my Facebook account and chose which album I wanted it to connect to to create a new photo book. From the pictures I chose the album cover.
I also rearranged the photos a bit since they got slightly out of order when connecting to Chatbooks. I then ordered my book!
It was simple and easy to do and will be a great keepsake for my kids. I can picture grandparents doing this for their grandchildren, or awesome aunts doing it for nieces and nephews. The nice thing is you can reorder the book countless times! You can also go in and edit the book if you find out later that you misspelled something.