Family projects for home, weekends, reunions, or through the mail


Family projects for home, weekends, reunions, or through the mail.
This is just going to be a bunch of brainstorming ideas:
o Name that ancestor: photos of ancestors and name tags to match with them [make sure you have the correct names on the backs of the photos]
o who lived in which state / town / country
o what country did our earliest ancestors live in? give clues or play 20 questions where they have to ask questions to figure out what country it is
o match the job with the ancestor [ have a pedigree chart and the date lived by the ancestor then match the job or jobs with the ancestor]
o What are some unique things your ancestors did or invented or wrote or?
o find your birthday Is there an ancestor that has the same birthday as you? or marriage date?
o send a letter that goes from one relative to the next, they can tell a story or write a memory they have about a set of grandparents or uncle or aunt. Or send out the same page to each relative cousins or aunts/ uncles or siblings and have them write what they know about the ancestor(s) and then when they are mailed back, combine them and send out the combined stories, or share them at the next get together.
o write a monthly letter to your children or grandchildren telling about your life and things you did, maybe in comparison with what they are doing now or games played or music or visiting family.
o did your grandparent write a life story? did your parent? have you? put them all together and make a mini book for your kids or grandkids.
o Put a picture book together like a pedigree chart. Start with your family on one page, put your parents on the next pages, then grandparents, and so on, add some family reunion photos or photos of special places or events that are important to your family history. Add a map or timeline to the book. Shutterfly, Vista print, your local printing shop and others are great places to help you organize and print your book [hand them out for Christmas or birthdays]
o What about a calendar? 12 or 14 or 16 interesting things about your ancestors
o Or put the birthdays of your ancestors on them too and then each month everyone can see who they share their birth month with in the family.
o Make a scrapbook page with your kids, or with your siblings, or with your cousins for one ancestor or family historical. This can be repeated over the year for several ancestors. Every Thursday evening, or once a month or 4 times a year, you can get together. Or mail a semi blank scrapbook page with one entry on it from you, and then mail it to a relative, who can then mail it to another relative and so on until it comes back to you – or ask your relatives to mail you something about this ancestor or family historical event and put it all together on one or more scrapbook page.



Mapping our ancestors and us


This weekend I attended a genealogical conference. The first one for me. Image

Thank you to for this image of a 1911 map.

This weekend I attended a genealogical conference. The first one for me. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Many of the topics were already on video on-line, and there were notes available for printout – this was especially helpful when attending the classes. As some classes I wanted to attend were at the same time, I was able to watch the videos on-line ahead of time and follow along with the handouts. This allowed me to take the classes at the conference that were not available online and enjoy the day.          Though it was the work of the LDS church, and some classes were leaning more towards their members, for those of us who are not LDS, there was still applicable information for our own genealogical searching. They served a lunch that was simple yet tasty and nourishing. Yum!
                There were many things I have already been doing on my own that were suggested, however, I found some great helpful tools that I would like to share with you:



3- mapping where your ancestors lived

4- record your own life history (aren’t we looking for these for our ancestors? Let’s leave ours behind for our great grandchildren)

5- the stories and photos and people in our family are all lost in 3 generations, write it down now!

6- use archival paper instead of plain paper for those important photocopies of letters, documents and well, photographs ( be sure to name the people in the photographs and where and when it was taken)


The title of this blog is Mapping our ancestors and us

                What does that mean, at least to me, talking with you? Get out a world map, or a map of the country your family lives in and have some fun. There are several ways you can begin and then expand upon. It might be helpful to have colored pins, or colored stickers to use for each generation, or each century, or each 10 years. That will also give you a timeline to go with the locations of your ancestors.

                My choice is to take a world map and put a pin in the place where the earliest discovered ancestor is from. Then a pin where that ancestor or a child or grandchild lived from there. Who moved from that town or village or country? Then put a pin in the next move, following the ancestral journey to the United States. Once in the United States, I would follow the trail of ancestors all the way across the nation to where my grandchildren are living today.

                My next Map – Oh yes, there will be at least a minimum of 5 maps for my family – will be of each state that my ancestors lived in. In each state I would pin the place they first arrived at and then pin each place after that, all within that state. One could connect the pins with a string or yarn to more accurately show the journey in the correct order.

                I typed in google search for “other ways to map things” and saw these unique suggestions, what are some ways you can map your ancestry? soon moving to

This is also what Google had to say about the definition of map:

noun 1. a diagram or collection of data showing the spatial arrangement or distribution of something over an area.

verb 2. record in detail the spatial distribution of (something).

[you know, of course I am only going to put what pertains to genealogy, right?)

                What kinds of things can you map? birthdays, marriages, how many kids each generation had, places of work, how many jobs each person had, the wealth of each family and perhaps why some generations were wealthy and some were not, map the world history with your family’s history. I am sure you can think of a lot more or even a few more exciting mapping projects than me.

                Have some fun, this is a great family project too! – BTW, the title of my next blog will be- Family projects for home, weekends, reunions, or through the mail.

A little help


This weekend will be the first genealogy conference I will attend.

There were two events happening at the same time, and so I searched online to see if there was information on one of them so I could still get the information.

Yipee! I found a great tool to share with you!

Videos to watch and learn, choose the one you want:

The hard copy outline to have while you watch one of the videos:

Top Ten Things I Learned About My Family From My Couch….. Or best yet, go to a Roots Tech 2014 conference yourself, it is one day and being in person could give you the opportunity to talk with others who are looking too:

~Get up and walk around your chair a couple of times, sit up straight and stay healthy during your searching~