3782 - How to create an Ancestry Family History book

3782 – How to create a MyCanvas book

How do I create an MyCanvas book?

You can automatically create an MyCanvas book using data in your online family tree on Ancestry.com, but if you don't have a tree, you do have the option to build a book from scratch.

Create a MyCanvas book

 

1. On the MyCanvas Home Page you are going to go to the link that says Family History.

 

2. In a drop down menu it will say Family History Books

 

 

 

3. Click that link and it will show you the different kind of books you can make.

You can make:

Standard Pedigree Book: - starts with a single person - includes their direct line of ancestors. (i.e. parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc.) - maximum number of generations to start this book is 5.

Combination Pedigree Book: - starts with a couple - includes their children, and the direct line of ancestors for each person in the starting couple - maximum number of generations to start this kind of book is 4 (the children of the starting couple, the starting couple, and their parents and grandparents)

Descendant Tree Book: (this is more of a chart format) - start with an individual person - includes their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren - maximum number of generations to start this book is 4

Descendant List Book: (this is more of a report format) - start with an individual person - includes their children and grandchildren - maximum number of generations to start this book is 3

 

For the Standard and Combination Books follow these steps:

4. After choosing your book type press Select a new window will open and you will answer the questions it brings up on the screen about:

The size of book

The number of generations

The Ancestry tree to pull from

The starting person

 

 

 

Note: For the Standard and Combination Books you will select the spouse you want shown in your book. You can only choose one spouse to be shown in these books.

 

 

Then you will name your project and click on Continue

 

 

6. A new page will come up where you can select the theme of your book and you can choose what kind of information you want in your book. You can include: Pedigree Trees, Family Group Sheets, Personal Timelines, and Record Pages (i.e. census records, birth records, marriage record, etc.) 

7. Make your selections and press Continue

 

8. The MyCanvas program will now create your book, based on the information in your tree. Once the book has been started, you may edit or add other items to it.

NOTE: If it takes more than 20 minutes to generate your book you may need to exit out and try recreating the book again.

 

 

 

For the Descendant Books follow these steps:

4. After choosing your book type press Select a new window will open and you will answer the questions it brings up on the screen about:

The size of book

The number of generations

The Ancestry tree to pull from

The starting person

(You will not select the spouse for the Descendant books)

5. Then you will name your project and click on Continue

6. A new page will come up where you can choose what kind of pages you want in your book. You can include: Title Pages, Photo Pages, Table of Contents, Descendant Trees Pages, Family Group Sheets, Personal Timelines, and Record Pages (i.e. census records, birth records, marriage record, etc.) 

7. Make your selections and press Continue

 

8. A new page will open that asks you if you want to include any ex-spouses. If you know of anyone who has had multiple spouses (be it because of death or divorce) and you want to include them in your book you will want to select this. You may need to change the number of spouses it will show if someone has had 2+ spouses.

9. Also decide if you want each family to have their own page or if you are trying to conserve pages, do not check the box. Then click Create.

 

10. The MyCanvas program will now create your book, based on the information in your tree. Once the book has been started, you may edit or add other items to it.

NOTE: If it takes more than 20 minutes to generate your book you may need to exit out and try recreating the book again.

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