A family tree is a chart or diagram representing family relationships in a conventional tree structure. Extending over several generations of the family, it is basically a record of the people, places, and events that make up your family history.
Creating a family tree is important because it:
Can be fun
Gives you a connection to your heritage
Helps you learn your family history in relation to historical events
Help you trace genetics and family health concerns
Reminds you where you came from
Is a good way to get children interested in about their ancestors and preserving family stories
Family memorabilia on the other hand, refer to the keepsakes that have been handed down through generations. They can include anything as simple as ticket stubs to even letters and photos from your loved ones, and are basically objects that have special significance to you and your family.
Family memorabilia are important because they are:
A great gift for anyone you care about & a way to make a house into a home
A reminder that you are never alone (and that you’ll have those keepsakes for decades to come)
A reminder of what’s important
A form of artwork or a way to show off the cool memories you have made
Proof of where you came from and a way of telling the world that you care.
Family History: The importance of telling your story to keep family history alive.
What Makes Genealogy So Important? | AF-213
How to sort memorabilia | Kacy Paide, Professional Organizer DC/MD/VA