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Ancestor Storybooks By The Genealogy Kids

THIS IS A TUTORIAL DESCRIBING OUR METHOD FOR CREATING FAMILY HISTORY STORYBOOKS

We use three very important tools ... the Chatbooks company (for printing), the Adobe Spark Post app for building pages, and the Prisma app for turning our pictures into illustrations. Oh! And don't forget Google Photos, the place we store photos of our ancestors so we can use them for projects like these. This entire project was completed using a smartphone!

Start by choosing an ancestor you'd like to write a book about. You can make these books as simple or as complicated as you like. You can write them to a young audience, or even a VERY young audience (our examples are written for toddlers ... SUPER simple). You can pick one story from their life, or make your book more of a biography. The sky is the limit!

Start writing! Our pages were created using Adobe Spark Post, an easy and free app available on smartphones. Pages can then be saved as image files and imported into your Chatbooks project. It's helpful to write the entire story out in advance, page by page, so you can see how it flows and make notes about which picture from your collection goes with each page of text. Then make a "post" in Adobe Spark for each page using just text.

Select photos to match your text, and then the fun really starts. Use a free photo editing app (we like Prisma or BeCasso) to turn old photos into illustrations for your book. There are many options ... you can make your photos look like cartoons, drawings, artwork, etc. Save each photo to the camera roll on your phone. Once you've created your illustrations and text page files, you're ready to upload them to a Chatbooks project (using their app).

Chatbooks makes it VERY simple to organize your pages and select binding options. We chose the 6 inch hardcover. It's wonderful. Very sturdy, affordable, and beautifully printed. The app is very user-friendly. Feel free to use our referral code to get $10 off your first order (that's a free book)! CODE: janagreenhalgh-CMZP

Don't forget to order enough copies for Christmas presents for your nieces and nephews, cousins or grandchildren.

Have fun, family history authors!