11 Great Ways to Share Family History Fun

11 Great Ways to Share Family History Fun

Summer is a great time for families to get together, whether its for an official reunions or just a simple gathering. Why not throw in some   family history fun while you’re enjoying the BBQ! Here are some great ways to cherish your families this summer.Celebrate your Ancestors BirthdayAny reason for cake and ice cream right! Keep family connections alive and help your children and grandchildren know those who have gone before. Make it as big or small as you like, but everyone likes to have a reason to celebrate!Share Family Stories Around the CampfireTell your stories around the campfire at bedtime or anytime. Make the stories real, make them fun, add sound effects and most of all - make them compelling. All of us learn to love our heritage and our ancestors when we know their stories. Not the facts, but their individual stories and what makes them ours!Make a Family History Coloring Book You can convert family history photos into coloring book pages! Write a simple story with the Continue reading

Family History Clues Found in our Food

The food we eat is often based on our culture, our ethnicity and geography - all great clues for a genealogist. Take my family for example, my mom never learned about cooking from her mother, who died when my mom was only 13. Even though we did not grow up with a lot of family recipes handed down through the generations, there were still clues about who we are, where our family was from and our culture.As a child at Christmas time, every year in our stockings we got a coconut. I thought Santa brought everyone coconuts. Didn’t really know what to do with the coconut and the fun was taking the hammer to smash it open. It wasn’t until years later, that my mother mentioned that her family got a box every Christmas from her mother’s family in Hawaii. The box always contained coconuts and a hand-woven hat made from palm frons that my grandmother would wear while gardening. You can see my grandmother wearing one of the hats in the picture on the left located in the Family Cherished blog Continue reading

What’s in Your Bag?

This Thursday through Saturday I will be attending RootsTech in Salt Lake City. This is a new conference in which the universes of genealogy and technology will collide and will try to create a new world - one where research is faster, simpler and dare we dream … easier.Having learned my lesson just a few weeks ago while attending the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, I came to my senses I wisely booked a hotel room…read earlier post for the details. Since I won’t be driving back and forth to Salt Lake, I have to be prepared a bit more  than usual. When I do research at the Family History Library, I just bring my flash drive and use the library’s computers and save lugging the laptop around. But since this is a conference about using technology I decided it would be best if I actually brought some! So, I am prepacking my laptop bag. Having worked at the FHL and done research there for years, I thought I would share what I like to bring with me. Besides the laptop and power cord, I also Continue reading