Showing off treasures and keepsakes helps keep their memories alive by using them as conversation pieces.
Your house–and maybe the houses of your immediate family members–can hold the stories of your ancestors if you know where to look.
Finding ancestors, learning facts, locating headstones – these are activties genealogists are passionate about. However, when some family members hear the words “Family History” or “Genealogy” they tune out. So how can you share your family history with your loved ones without getting an eye-roll? Try some of these ideas:
I was a single, military parent with three (very hyper) little boys, aged nine, seven and four.
It was too easy getting them involved in my genealogy research, because for them it was another adventure!
Our first road trip was to a local cemetery to photograph some stones for a special commission in Ontario.
“Mommy, where did you get that?”
Hmmm… where did I get that? Did it belong to my grandmother? Or was it my mother’s? Wait… if it was my mother’s, where did she get it? And how did I end up with it? With the everyday busy-ness of life, work, and family, I have found it increasingly difficult to remember my own name some days, much less where I got that antique candy dish.
Today, people are living longer than they did a generation ago. The family landscape has changed dramatically as well. Yet, no matter how long we live, how often we change addresses, the one thing that will always exist is your family’s heritage; that which is passed from one generation to the next that tells about a way of life, traditions and culture.
We each celebrate Christmas in unique ways. Whether you are a newlywed preparing your first Christmas, a first-time parent recording baby’s first Christmas, or an empty-nester teaching traditions to your grandbabies, Christmas traditions deserve to be recorded. Consider these 5 fun ways…
We cherish the heirlooms from our ancestors, but are we remembering to create heirlooms for our descendants? Today, begin creating and collecting items your descendants will preserve and cherish. Consider these heirloom opportunities…
Involving our families in family history can sometimes be a challenge, especially for children. However, the great thing about genealogy work is that it can be approached from so many different angles. Create a fun environment where family history for kids becomes fun