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I love family history and have created these images to reflect that passion. These are perfect to send to family on all occasions to communicate the message of knowing and valuing our roots. These images are also a great way to keep the message alive for younger generations.


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NO PHYSICAL ITEM WILL BE SHIPPED. I will email you a link to instantly download your files, once payment is confirmed. Each card, once printed, is 4″ x 6″ in size and will require an A4 size envelope to mail (4 1/4 x 6 1/4).

This one reads:
“The family story survives when we tell it.”

I love family history and have created these images to reflect that passion. These are perfect to send to family on all occasions to communicate the message of knowing and valuing our roots. These images are also a great way to keep the message alive for younger generations.


Here are some ideas for how to use them:

*for family reunions as designs on flyers, menus, invitations
*on social media posts
*email to family to celebrate an ancestor’s birthday
*custom note cards

I have had these images printed as stickers and as note cards from third party websites, such as,, and

My family members love to receive the stickers on the back of birthday cards, or the note cards on any occasion. I am sure you can think of even more ways to use these images.
If you plan to print more than one, I *highly recommend* using a third-party print site, such as the ones named above. The color in these cards will quickly exhaust your ink at home if you print too many. You will need also A4 sized envelopes (4 ¼ x 6 ¼), available at craft stores.

You will need Adobe Reader installed on your computer to view the PDF instruction files on your computer (it is exactly the same as shown here). It is freely available for installation at

FILES YOU WILL RECEIVE (high resolution, 300 DPI)

*1 4”x6” JPEG file of the image
*1 8.5” x 11.5” size .JPEG template with image embedded
*1 PDF of instructions for use

*Choose your favorite design and complete your purchase.
*Follow the link sent via email to access your instant download.
*Download the file onto your computer.
*If you print at home, use good quality cardstock. Be sure to select the “fit to page” setting on your printer so that the card will print properly on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.
*Print. Cut. Complete!

*A color printer or printing service
*Letter-sized cardstock or stationery
*A4 sized envelope (4 ¼ x 6 ¼)
*A cutting blade (X-acto or craft knife) and a cutting surface OR
*A paper cutter, which can be found in the scrapbooking or cards section in most craft stores (A paper cutter works best to ensure the lines are perfectly straight when cut)

Your files will be available to download once payment is confirmed. Colors may vary between monitors and printers. The artwork and text are for personal use, and not for commercial use.

All purchases are non-refundable since they are digital files. I do not accept returns, exchanges or cancellations, but please contact me at if you have any problems with your order.

Reclaiming Kin is not responsible for printing issues of any kind.


All rights reserved © 2020 Reclaiming Kin. All images, designs, artwork, and text are copyrighted; and cannot be sold, resold, reproduced, or otherwise recreated, without obtaining prior written consent from Reclaiming Kin.

Every purchase helps me to pay for the overhead associated with creating my website and other materials online for genealogists.

Creating fun content such as these art images has been the perfect way for me to combine my passions of crafting and family history. I hope you are pleased; if so, please do pass the link to the site along to your friends. I will periodically post new designs.

I am also a genealogist, and my website of genealogy tips and training can be viewed at:

Also, see my Pinterest genealogy pages at:

The Reclaiming Kin Facebook site, also has Genealogy tips and short videos:

Remember, every family has a story to tell!

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About Robyn N. Smith

I am an engineer by day, but my true passion lies in genealogy. I have been a researcher, writer, and lecturer for over twenty-five years.

Through Reclaiming Kin, I share tips on genealogy skill building for all genealogists, and on researching slavery and the enslaved.

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Editable Research Tables For Sale

I make extensive use of tables for organization, analysis and citation in my research, and they have proven very popular with genealogists. These require Microsoft Word and a Windows platform. The Genealogy Source Table Collection includes 10 blank, editable source tables for death certificates, city directories, obituaries and funeral programs. See more details in the flier here and they are available for purchase for $10 .

I also have a Slavery and Freedom Collection available for $20. There are 15 tables, blank and editable for you to populate, as well as samples of using each. For more details, see the flier here, and you can purchase them here.



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Researching African-American Families

"While African-American genealogical research in many ways is like all genealogical research, the era of slavery makes the task especially challenging. The difficulties include using records that provide no surnames, the constant sale and breakup of families, and the lack of identification of fathers.

For descendants, I would add the substantial emotional impact of seeing an ancestor's name attached to a dollar value, or being valued in a list with silverware and cattle. Slavery's reach is still with us, and part of the gift of doing African-American genealogy is recovering the stories of those caught in its grasp who could not in their own time leave their own witness."


Genealogy Through the Years

Maryland Genealogical Society Holiday Luncheon, December 2017-2
Washington FHC Annual Conference, May 2011
Baltimore Family History Conference, October 2017-2
International Black Genealogy Summit, September 2016-2
Carroll County Genealogical Society Dinner, June 2018
Baltimore Family History Conference, October 2017
Reginald Lewis Museum, September 2011-2.jpg
Maryland State Archives Family History Festival, October 2014-2
Central Maryland AAHGS Meeting, March 2013
Robyn, Vonda, Andrea and Glenn, NGS Conf., May 2014
Robyn and cousin Chris
Maryland Genealogical Society Holiday Luncheon, December 2017-1
Howard Comm. College, Advanced AA Gen Class, September 2011
AAHGS Annual Genealogy Conference, November 2008
Howard Comm. College Advanced AA Gen. Class, November 2012
Robyn, Aaron, Karen, Katherine and Michael, October 2014
Tim Pinnick and Robyn, October 2016
African-American Family History Conference, February 2015
African-American Genealogy Group Conference, October 2016
Central Maryland AAHGS, with Alice Harris, September 2015
Howard Comm. College, Advanced AA Gen. Class, September 2009
Reginald Lewis Museum, September 2011
Robyn and Aaron Dorsey, September 2016
Alice, Robyn and Lajoye, CM AAHGS, September 2017
Carole and Robyn, February 2016
Robyn and Cherie, October 2015
Robyn and Andrea, NGS Conference, May 2014

How to Cite These Posts

Robyn N. Smith, [insert post title], Reclaiming Kin ( accessed [insert date you read the post]), [insert the date the post was written].

My Locations and Surnames

Hardin, Chester and Lawrence Counties, TN
Holt, Barnes, Broyles, Harbour, Bradley, Springer and Fendricks
Lawrence County, AL
Suggs, Springer, Fendricks, Sherrod/Sherrill
Montgomery County, MD
Prather, Simpson
Somerset County, MD
Waters, Fountain, Curtis
Duval, Madison, Taylor Counties, FL
Neely, Smith, Harris, Garner
Robeson County, NC
Locklear, Dial, Lowery, Strickland

Favorite Family History Quotes

"The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past."
-William Faulkner

"Call it a clan, call it a network, all it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one"
- Jane Howard

"Friends are God's apologies for relations."
-Hugh Kingsmill

"No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?"
-Elbert Hubbard

"Families are like fudge; mostly sweet with a few nuts."

"If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you might as well make it dance!"

"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city;)"
-George Burns

"Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl. No superior alternative has yet been found."
-Winston Churchill

"The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never ever introduce yourself to had life not done it for you."
-Kendall Hailey

"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all the generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people."
-Thich Nhat Hanh

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