Living local or Living far, far, away

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Where do you live?

Do you live in the same place that your parents and grandparents and other relatives live? Do you live far away and only see your family and where your parents grew up or grandparents and ancestors settled down?

Start where you are. How did you get to be where you are today? Ask your children – even if they are adult children – what would they like to know about where your parents or grandparents or great grandparents lived. It may surprise you what they do want to know.

Do they want to know what house they were in?, what town?, how they got there? Or do they want to know how your ancestors got to America in the first place and when?

Sometimes it is best to let your children ask the questions, and then together you can find the answers. For example, in the 70’s and 80’s many high-schoolers would take a couple of months and ask the ‘elders’ in their community about their lives and who they knew and what the town was like and what was happening, some were even able to get photographs. Then they would compile the information and publish a book about it, some published locally, some published with a well known publishing company.  Perhaps in one of the hometowns of your grandparents there is such a book, you can check the libraries to see if there might be something where you are looking.

Maybe your high school, middle school, 4-H club or even homeschool group could plan to undertake such a task for where you live in the 2014-2015 school year! You could invite the local historical society to help contribute information or contacts, the local library,

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