The holidays can also be a good time to ask your uncles, aunts and cousins for updates to their family trees. My mother comes from a large family and I have many relatives I have not seen for over forty years. Genealogy is not just about finding your past it is also about staying in contact with your living relatives. On the plus side those relatives may have photos, stories and artifacts that could help break down some brick walls.
This holiday season the most important research you do could be at your dining room table!
Sunday November 20
- Create a letter to send to your extended family to update your records. Questions could include:
- Children's names and birthdates
- Names of children's spouses or children
- Has anyone in their family done any family research
- Check out the blog posting Printing Manually ...the Duplex Workaround if your survey is more than one page.
- Check out the Salvation Army and Goodwill stores when visiting your hometown for out of print books, local artifacts, photographs, etc. that can help flesh out your family research.
- Involve the Younger Generation:
- Take advantage of a book, movie or television program that a younger member of the family might be interested in and relate it to your family history.
- Making home made decorations, place settings or a recipe is a natural way to start a discussion across mulitple generations.
- The Genealogy of Thanksgiving: Explore the origins of the holiday, gather recipes and find a list of the 25 Mayflower passengers who left descendents.
- Genealogist Supply List:
- A portable scanner can help capture family pictures and documents during family gatherings.
- Make copies of documents you want to share with your family. This will allow you to pass them around and take notes during conversations.
- Never go to a family gathering without a camera! You can take pictures of people, things and artifacts without having to rely on someone else to 'get a copy' for you.
- Make a list of topics or questions for your next family gathering. It could include:
- Naming a memorable birthday
- Favorite Uncle or Aunt
- Least favorite side dish or family recipe
- How someone met their spouse
- Why did they move to a different town or state
- The origin of their first or middle name
Five Generation Photo: Charles N. Schultz III, Mary Schultz, Charles Clayton Schultz holding Victoria Faye Schultz, Charles N. Schultz, Jr.