Easy Family History Ideas for Thanksgiving

Easy Family History Ideas for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving and Family History Go Perfect Together Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house we go...Thanksgiving will soon be here, families will be gathering together to give thanks and to eat turkey.                                             Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to do some family history! While everyone is there, why not share stories, take pictures, play some family history games - all while creating some cherished memories? Here are some easy and painless ideas to help you get started: FamilySearch App FamilySearch Memories App, allows you to take pictures of grandma's photos and documents and upload them to your tree. Interview family members and upload the audio file. It is easy, unobtrusive and allows everyone in the family to be able to share and access them later.                                                                                             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