Every year there are many calendars available on various themes. Instead of buying one just because the pictures are pretty, try making a personalized calendar for your family members on your computer. Your relatives will probably treasure it for years as a record of loved ones and all the year's activities.

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Gather as many pictures as you can of family members. Check your files of digital pictures, and don't forget those old albums for forgotten pictures. There may be an old black and white image treasured by younger members of the family. Check with all your relatives to see if anyone can help you get pictures. You may find distant relatives with a few pictures of past generations you know nothing about.


Organize the dates for everyone who will be represented on the calendar. How much do you want to record? Will there only be births, marriages, and deaths? Think outside the box: graduations, baptisms, bar mitzvahs, moves to a new home, immigration, citizenship, vacations, new employment. The pictures might include certificates, diplomas, pedigree charts, or family group sheets. If you want to include genealogical information, check with the free service of the LDS Genealogy Libraries before spending money for pay sites on the computer. These libraries are found in some of the buildings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's your calendar, so go as far as you want with it.

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Now you must find a balance between the volume of pictures and information you have collected, and the size of your calendar. Will a 12 page calendar listing each month be enough? Perhaps you want 52 pages using one for every week. At the other extreme, you could have a page for every day of the year. You make the decision. Serious genealogists could quickly fill many pages for single days as events pile up for individual dates.

Don't feel obligated to use every picture available in the calendar. You can save some great pictures for next year, and a new calendar! There may be new members of the family to include, and your skill at creating the calendar from year to year will probably improve as you find people to help you.

Get advice from people who know more about computers, scanning images, genealogy, and even scrapbooking. Contact printing businesses for help with the binding of the calendars. Remember that if the calendar is going to be kept as a family record, you won't want a the pages torn off as the calendar gets used.

Whatever format you choose in making your calendar, get other family members involved to share the work. Strengthen old family ties, and above all, have FUN making the calendar. Start with a New Year's Resolution that by next year you will have the best calendar you ever had on your wall.