Monday, January 20, 2014

Motivation Monday: Family Tree Wall--Finished!

This past long holiday weekend, I made a quick overnight trip trip to my parents' new home to finish the project I started on New Year's Eve:  a "family tree" wall with old family photographs of my parents and ancestors.  Here is the completed project:

The idea was that my parents are in the center, and on either side of them are photos of their parents, then, moving outward, their grandparents, great-grandparents (if photos were available), and so on.

It's hard to photograph though, being in a hallway, so above is a closeup of the section (the left-hand side) with my parents and my mom's side of the family, and below is the section (the right-hand side) with my dad's side of the family.

There was one photo I really wanted to hang up that just wouldn't fit in the limited space I had available for the family tree.  That went on a small hall wall that runs perpendicular to the family tree.  It's a photograph of my Pape great-grandparents and their seven children (including my grandfather) taken about 1910, as well as a rendition of the Pape family coat of arms painted by my German cousin Wolfgang Pape.  They are pictured below:

I've already posted nearly all of the images on these walls in this blog - but I see a couple I haven't done yet!  I may use these walls as a reminder for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge - in which I'm already woefully behind.  I can count at least 47 ancestors (direct and collateral) in these photos!  I also find this wall motivating in terms of the number of ancestors of whom we are fortunate to have photographs.

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  1. Love this idea and has been a goal of mine for my own home for a very long time. You have inspired me to get my wall started too! Your ancestor wall came out wonderful.

    1. Thank you, Gini! Good luck with your project!