Family History Binder – Part 2 – Materials

This is the second post in my Family History Binder series. Click here to go back to part 1.

 Here are the materials I used to create my family history binder:

Avery 3-Inch Extra-Wide Binder – If you don’t have much info about that family, you can use a smaller binder. It is very important that it is extra wide though, otherwise your tabs will stick out past the edge of the binder.

Avery Clear Pocket Label Dividers 8-Tab Set – These are basically thick page protectors with tabs on the side. They came with printable label stickers for the tabs but I found that those just peeled right off. Instead I printed my labels on cardstock and carefully cut and inserted them into the tabs. I got 2 sets of them so I would have a total of 16 dividers.

Avery Clear Sheet Protectors Box of 200 – The amount you’ll need depends on how much info you have for your book. I bought a pack of 200 and used about 180 of them.

Ultra Pro 5X7 Photo Pages – These pages each hold 4 5×7 photos and also have small slots next to each pocket to add captions. I used about 15 pages for this binder.

Paper and ink – I used normal printer paper and my inkjet printer. Make sure you change your printer settings to grayscale for all of your documents. If you are more organized, you could instead have it printed somewhere like Staples.

Click here to see the next section, Part 3 – Dividers


30 thoughts on “Family History Binder – Part 2 – Materials

  1. Tammie December 28, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    Thank you so much for doing this. I am excited to start! Ordering my supplies today!


  2. SHERRY HALL December 28, 2016 / 6:03 pm

    I hadn’t thought about changing my printer settings to grayscale. Are there advantages to doing this?

    Looking forward to your series.. Great work.


    • jessaroni December 28, 2016 / 6:10 pm

      Color ink is generally more expensive. Many of the documents I found are sepia colored so that would have used up a ton of my color ink. The only things I used color for were photographs and maps.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Susan June 15, 2019 / 9:22 am

        I have Reynolds family in Wisconsin I wonder if we are related?


  3. Andrea December 28, 2016 / 6:36 pm

    So excited to see it step by step! Loved the post on FB. I will be doing one right along with this. 🙂 Thank you!


  4. Anne Outterson December 28, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    Very generous of you to provide these guides, Jessica. Thank you.


  5. Leslie December 28, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    Thank you for sharing all your hard work.


  6. Kayleen Chappell December 28, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Following with great respect for you and the time you are putting in to answer questions about your amazing gift to your family. THANK YOU 🙂


  7. Linda J. Hauley December 28, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    Really enjoying your tutorials! Thank you for all your efforts!!


  8. Joan Ross December 29, 2016 / 2:32 am

    Thank you! I have been using binders for different families, but they are out of control. I will be following along with your suggestions and get them organized and stored correctly.


  9. Cynthia Cialini December 29, 2016 / 4:09 am

    Thank you so much for taking the time to explain what you accomplished! Looking forward to the next steps!


  10. simonallison December 30, 2016 / 1:12 am

    I am making a list of supplies from the UK, measurements and everything is different.

    I made a list here, trying to get the cost lower, and its not Avery! We cant seem to get them here, unless someone proves me wrong 😉


  11. Jane Ann Wheeler January 2, 2017 / 7:35 am

    Thanks for being so specific about materials. Very thorough and very helpful!


  12. Marijo Bridges Wakley January 4, 2017 / 12:45 am

    I am researching my friend’s ancestry, and now I know how I will present the finished (haha) project to him. Thank you for your clarity and in depth ideas.


  13. Barilyn Ross January 9, 2017 / 7:41 am

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful project. Are these supplies available in stores in America? The Amazon shipping to South Africa is more than the cost of the the goods and as I will be visiting Orlando later this year I am hoping to obtain them then.


    • jessaroni January 9, 2017 / 8:36 am

      I haven’t been able to find the extra wide binders in any stores. All of the sites I’ve checked say they are available online only. I haven’t searched anywhere else for the dividers or photo pages though so I’m not sure if those can be found in stores.


      • Barilyn Ross January 10, 2017 / 4:23 pm

        Thank you


    • Anonymous February 23, 2017 / 6:38 pm

      Just a thought-maybe you could order them to be shipped to your destination in Orlando? Then you could take them home.


  14. Pat Pyle January 11, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    Thank you so much for this series! I’m ready to get started. I have made heritage scrap books for Dad (his favorite gift EVER), siblings, kids & myself, but this has so much more information in an reasonable, organized method. I have found 4×6 picture inserts (C-ring binder photo inserts) and have ordered them. I have some copies already on file and agree that they are cheaper to print than 5×7’s.


  15. Jukie January 11, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    I’m wondering if you used archival quality sheet protectors, etc. You out so much work into this lovely binder to have it breakdown over time.


    • jessaroni January 11, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      Yes they are archival quality. I researched several different options before selecting the Avery ones.


  16. Carole Cropley January 18, 2017 / 3:10 am

    What sites did you use to order these materials? a supplier of archival materials? Amazon? some sort of specialty store?


    • jessaroni January 18, 2017 / 3:14 am

      Amazon! Each item on the list here in this post is a link to the Amazon listing.


  17. Sue July 25, 2018 / 2:30 pm

    I love idea. Do you know the avery number for the items you use? Thanks


    • jessaroni July 25, 2018 / 2:34 pm

      Binder: 01321
      Dividers: 75501
      Sheet protectors: 74400


  18. Kristine May 12, 2019 / 12:29 pm

    How did you create your cover and side photo? Thank you for posting your ideas, has been a blessing in disguise for me. Have been struggling with knowing how to organize mine.


  19. Tammy April 6, 2021 / 8:54 am

    I love your ideas and system, and would love to follow your shopping list…..most particularly the “Family Tree Maker”. I would order from Mackeiv, but to purchase and ship to Canada is $150.

    Please delete if not allowed, but I was wondering if anyone had the newer version I could purchase second hand?

    Desperately seeking a great genealogy book,



  20. Carol September 8, 2021 / 7:30 am

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful project. Your detailed project posts are a great help to a lot of people and great to use as a guide. The outline allows viewers some flexibility.

    Tip: If anyone can afford the extra cost, hole punched copy paper is available and saves a lot of time.
    There are office supply stores which carry off brand page protectors but the quality may not be the same. Thanks again.

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