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Our family history Hardcover – October 25, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest (October 25, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762102322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762102327
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 11.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. is a global multi-brand media and marketing company that educates, entertains and connects audiences around the world. It publishes 92 magazines, including 50 editions of Reader’s Digest, the world’s largest paid-circulation magazine. With a rate base of 5.5 million and more than 32 million readers, Reader’s Digest is the largest magazine in the country. --This text refers to the Hardcover-spiral edition.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. Thompson on June 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Beautiful well presented book - great for family historians, you can house all your information and your favourite photographs in one place. Unlike many other books of this style, the photograph frames in the book are not labelled, eg 'Paternal Great Grandmother' which is a problem if you don't have a picture of her, but this book allows you to use the photo templates as you see fit - an exquisite heirloom to be kept and admired for future generations. A very good buy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Grace Houle on December 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Love the cover, and the amount of options that it includes. It includes a place for pictures, record special information and a family tree pullout. However, the place to insert the pictures was just a hole, so it was confusing how to insert the photos if it wasn't the perfect size. Also the recordings book had just had the very basic questions. However, the appearance, and variety of stuff it included made me still happy that I gave it away as a gift.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lilac Lily on July 26, 2007
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This beautifully made srapbook is a great way to preserve your family history. In the front it has some space for family pictures and then it gives you enough space to write down all vital information about your family.It even comes with a preprinted family tree poster where you can add pictures, frame it and put it on the wall.
Makes a great gift for any scrapbooking fan!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SweetStar687 on December 6, 2013
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This is meant for a husband and wife to fill out together for their children. I didn't know that before I bought it; I'm not married and have no children. I was looking for a book to fill out about the two sides of my ancestry.

It's divided into four sections:

Our Ancestry: Individual pages for information about wife & husband's parents, grandparents and great grandparents. Only room for each person's name, birth/death date, place of birth and hometown with a few lines to write a some memories down at the bottom of the page. On the Grandparent page the prompt is "Reminisce about your aunt and uncles."

Our Growing Up Years: Husband & Wife's Childhood Memories, Early School Years, College Years

Our Life Together: Our Wedding, Our Homes, Work History, Community Life, Military Service

Our Life With Children: Becoming Parents, Baby & Toddler Years, Children's Schooling, Travel, Family Pets, Family Friends, Our Cars, Holiday Celebrations, Religious Life...

There's not enough space to ever go into much detail and record lots of stories (which is what I wanted). For instance, there aren't even enough lines to record all the jobs I've ever had (I've had 6, by the way, but there's only space for 4 jobs.)
There are cardboard pages after each major section to include pictures, but they must fit the precut spaces. I don't see the "family tree...included to give a visual presentation of your ancestral background."

I haven't decided if I'm keeping this book or not. Eventually my boyfriend and I will marry and have children, but I think I'd want to include much more detail than is possible in this book...
If you want a general overview of yours, your spouse's and your children's lives to hand down to them, then this book is for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ruby on November 3, 2007
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This makes a beautiful gift especially for first time mom's. It will keep you busy and it is a wonderful way to connect with you and your husband's family. I will have something very precious to hand down to my children.

I bought one for myself and 4 others for the other mom's in my family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay on February 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I think it is beautiful and am enjoying it. The only reason that I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 was because when you are putting your information in it, the lines are misleading. It appears now that I've already been using it that I was supposed to put the information between the lines rather than on them. Other than that, it is put together very well and I enjoy finding out more about my family history!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Spangler on December 14, 2013
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Two days after I bought this, another customer noted the same problem: this not a "family" book, it is a family-that-includes-husband-and-wife book. The words husband and wife appear on nearly every page, so there is no room for any single parents, step-relatives, divorce, cohabitation, remarriage, or anything else, which is fine if that's what you knew you were buying. Fewer than half the households in the US include a married couple so it really isn't very efficient to forget to mention that.

Specifically, this book appears geared toward a married couple who has grown children, although it could be useful for a married couple with minor children (only children of that marriage) to start working on as a keepsake for the future. It goes through the whole married couple's lives to preserve family memories and traditions for future generations.

Other sections also seem to predetermine the family's characteristics. Both husband and wife have a section to fill out about their college attendance. There is a whole section on religious ceremonies for the children. I hope this helps future buyers decide if the book is for them. If your family fits all those molds you might give it five stars for quality.
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I bought this book for my daughter. Then we decided to get another one and fill them with family memories and give them to my two sisters.
I am very pleased with this book. I recommend it to anyone.
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