Family history bingo is a companion game to the family history matching game (from this download). I created them coordinate and work together.
I created 50 unique family history bingo cards each with an inspirational quote and number. The files are png so you can add your own photos on the templates. I'm not sure anyone will have a bingo game with more than 50 people in it, but I have a huge family so I wanted to make sure there would be enough for many to play.
For my personal cards I went back 4 generations and have photos for all but 6 ancestors, resulting in 56 cards. I have another 34 ancestors in the 5th generation back that I could create photo cards for as well. I wish I had more from my Mexican side, but I know that some severe flooding destroyed many of the records and documents. I would love to find a way to honor these wonderful ancestors as well.
For our game I chose to print off one of my children's fan charts and then I numbered, starting with John: 1, Allison 2, etc. I moved from left to right with each generation assigning everyone a number. As I created the family history cards I added the assigned number to each ancestor. Then when I created the images for the bingo game I was able to labels the small photos numerically. John created a randomly generated sequence of numbers based on my perimeters using excel and I was able to fill in the individual bingo cards.
A few more instructions that will hopefully clarify and make things easier:
Individual ancestor photos (I used photoshop):
1. In the zipped file you downloaded there should be a small png file labeled “photo”
2. Open this file and it will become your clipping mask.
3. Take one of your photos and make a new layer on top of the main layer
4. Clip the photo layer to the main layer and adjust the photo size as necessary.
5. flatten image and save. (I saved each ancestor based on an assigned number that I created using a fan chart: see post)
6. start over. (I just added a new photo and clipped it to the main layer as the size didn’t change and saved as: the new number)
Adding to bingo cards:
Using a randomly generated number system my husband created a list of numbers. I would then take the number from the photo and add it to the bingo card in the place I needed it. Each card would have about 25 layers when all is said and done. I would then flatten the card and save as a final jpg.
My mom and dad used this same system when they created our family bingo game this past summer and were invaluable in working out the kinks.
I printed a couple of sample cards on photo paper (pictured on the left) and on presentation paper (pictured on the right). I didn't see much difference in quality, I think it's just preference. The cards are 8.5" x 5.5" (1/2 sheet of paper) so you could print them two to a page. I think when I get all the cards filled in, I will find a sale on 8x10 photo printing and send them out to be printed. I will probably also laminate the cards for added durability, especially with the small children.
My product tester was thrilled to help me and we opted for chocolate kisses as our game pieces, they just seemed appropriate when dealing with people we so much love for.
Although Loaf certainly enjoyed eating as many kisses as she could. At one point she said she was sure Guelito would give her a kiss. I think sometimes she confuses Guelito and Guelita because she was so tiny when Guelito died, but she is correct. He would have given her as many kisses, chocolate or on the cheek. He adored her, all of us.
Sometimes when I think about my grandparents who have died or my great grandmother whom I knew and the love I felt from them. I can't help but think about the love that other ancestors whom I never meet must feel for us.
Download Akimball_familyhistorybingo (zipped file)