Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Genealogy in a Jar - A Unique Gift.

Everyone LOVES a unique gift! So, I'm here to teach you how to make the "Genealogy in a Jar" for yourself or for a special person as a gift for; Christmas, Birthday's, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Family Reunions, Parties and more.

Supplies needed:
  • A Jar. You could use a mason jar, but my favorite is the Burken Jar w/lid from Ikea (37 oz. $3.99, 7" tall). Click link above to go to Ikea for a closer look. 
  • Genealogy & family documents COPIES ONLY!! NEVER USE ORIGINAL DOCS
    • Pedigree Charts
    • Family Group Records
    • Birth Certificates
    • Marriage Certificates
    • Death Certificates
    • Census Records
    • Awards
    • Land Deeds
    • Anything you can think of
  • Photos : At least 3 or more. Use portrait style photos 4" wide by 6" tall. They will  fit perfectly inside this jar. (I get my photos printed at Costco for only 13 cents a photo).
All of these family photos and documents fit inside my jar, plus I had room to spare.

Let's Begin:  
Take your front photo and place in the jar, just bend a little so you can get it through the top. Once inside, the photo should fit perfectly in height around the contoured jar. The jar will fit 3, 4x6 photos going around. Note: The photos do not need to be taped to stay in place, the documents will hold them.
Next, place the Documents inside. Just like the photos, bend a little to contour the inside of the jar. Look how great it looks!!!

Meet my Beautiful grandma; Ruth Imogene Adams Burnes. 1923-2011.
For the finishing touches, I used ribbon and rub on letters for my grandma's name. 
You can also use stickers or vinyl for the name.

Wa-la!! You're done. Seriously, wasn't that a cinch? Your Christmas & Birthday shopping just got a lot easier and cheaper!!

tal Cost: $5.91 -  Total Time: 15-30 minutes

The Completed look of the "Genealogy in a Jar".

"Connect The Dots and Have FUN!


  1. Sarah this is soo fun and easy and meaningful!! Thanks again for sharing this-Cathy Colton

    1. Thanks Cathy! I am glad you enjoyed this one. There's so much more to come :)

  2. Thanks for a great idea and one that I am going to start on today.