AncestryPress for Heritage Scrapbooks

Sunday, July 06, 2008

I have just started work on some family history layouts and remembered the new publishing feature at This tool was originally designed for you to produce a family history book, but I happened to notice that you can print to a local printer in letter size.

What this means is that you can create a tree on (set up a free account not a paid account) either by typing in the information or by using a genealogy software program such as free to export a GEDCOM file which you can then import into Ancestry. Then when you go into the publishing module you tell it to use your tree (and which one if you have more than one). You can then auto-generate a book using the information in the tree.

Books generally consist of a pedigree chart, family group records and individual timelines. However, you can add additional pages of various types as well as importing photos that you can then drag and drop onto the pages. You can also drag and drop various scrapbooking elements such as quotes, labels, journaling tags, flowers, buttons as well as choosing from a number of different background colors, textures and pictures.

When you’re done, you can either order a book or print the individual pages to your local printer for insertion into your scrapbook. The tool is free, you only pay if you order a book (and then just the cost of book production).

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