***Update the link I used for this original project is no longer available. I designed my own which you can check out HERE****
Last Christmas, I wanted to give my boys something to help them remember their ancestors. They love card games, and I love DIY projects, so I made my own.
I got the idea from this template to create your own sports trading card.
For the sports team, I used the family surname Goff . (I have most of that line’s photos digitized.) For the “player name”, I added first and middle names (if they had them) or first and maiden names for the women. I used photos I had scanned of our Goff relatives to create each card. (Another reason it is a great idea to digitize those old family photos from your box of stuff)
After you edit your trading card, save the png file on your computer. (I created a new digital folder for the game cards to easily find them if I want to print another set. I also labeled them by each person’s name) You have to create the cards digitally one at a time.
I used 9 relatives, but would recommend using at least 12 different people. If you don’t have a picture of your relative, you can use a digital document you may have like a land deed or census record.
I printed 4 of each card on photo paper. I created a Goff fish logo in word, printed it, copied and pasted a bunch to make a sheet of them. (You could call your game Family Fish) Next, I attached the logo to the back of each card with a glue stick. (Another option would be to print on Avery labels) You could also mount them to scrapbook paper or leave them plain. As long as there is a uniform appearance on the back so no one cheats!
Finally, I laminated each card. I tried using clear shelf paper initially, but the images weren’t as crisp, and the card’s weren’t as sturdy. You could use this game for a family reunion, make “cousin” cards of people, or make a different set for each family line.
Ancestor games are a great way for you to share your passion for genealogy with the whole family. It was a tender moment when I heard the boys quiz each other. “Do you have any William Goffs?” “Nope, Goff fish.”