Summer is almost here, School is almost out, and life gets busy~
But don’t forget to document little times,as well as the big times:
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Great ideas by many people!
I was thinking about one time when our kids were young, we went on a cross country trip. There was this one particularly long stretch of road on a very sunny day. It was a two lane road and in the distance we could see the freeway and what looked like a little town. As we got closer we saw a gas station and restaurant, pretty big place and most welcoming. We went inside ordered water and pie and then went to the restroom to wash up and refresh after the long drive. We went back to our seat and ate our pie and then ordered our meal. All the while there was this lady across from us in another booth that kept looking over at us. When the meal was nearly done, one of the kids had to use the restroom again. We headed there and this woman also headed that way. When we washed our hands the woman kept acting like she wanted to say something and finally she did. I thought, oh boy, here it comes, she is going to talk about what misbehaved kids we have and so on, but No. Surprisingly she said, My mother would never give us desert first, but you did and your kids ate it and then they ate all their dinner. I am so impressed and what well behaved kids they are too.
Well, that isn’t what I was expecting at all!
Another time when we went to a restaurant on a different family trip, there was hardly anyone in the restaurant, and we asked for a separate table for the kids. The wait staff looked horrified and said we can’t do that, and we said, it is okay they are well behaved and we do it whenever we go out to eat. They said they had to ask the manager and the manager told them that they would do it, but if the kids caused problems or misbehaved, we would have to all sit at one table. hmm, we thought, what kind of kids do they usually get here?.
The kids sat at their own table, next to ours of course, and when it came time to order their food, the waiter kept asking us if it was okay they ordered this item or that item and my husband finally said to let them order what they want, it is okay, they know that if they order it and don’t eat it, they have to pay for it and next time we order for them. He said okay. They got their food, wait staff kept looking around the corners and watching them. We weren’t concerned, we knew our kids and their behavior. When we were all done, a few of the wait staff came over and complimented us on the kids and how surprised they were that the kids did so well at their own table. The next vacation we took and stopped by this same restaurant, we weren’t even questioned when asking for two tables.
My husband and I always try to repay the kindness and compliment parents when their kids have behaved well in restaurants or other such busy public places.
Why am I telling this here, on a genealogy blog? It is important to share stories with your family, even if it is to remind the kids, grandkids, or nieces and nephews about their childhood. Then ask them what they remember about that time. It also gives me a chance to write it down- for them- for later.
(Thank you to J.R.Watkins at https://www.jrwatkins.com/ for the use of the photos)
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.
Three Kings day is over, the end of the ‘Holiday Season’. The lights are down, the decorations are put away, the presents and paper and ribbons and cards will be put away by the weeks end. What now?
Don’t put those cards away! My cousin sent me a great idea for those cards, making a book out of them! Then they are all in one place and what in the world does this have to do with genealogy!?!
Think about the cards published 80 years ago, 50 years ago, even 30 years ago. How have they changed? Who sent them to you? What family letters or notes were put inside of them? What photos were sent to you-or-was the card a family photo or their family vacation? The current trend has been to send Year in Review letters. Letters full of family information. Information that is now history, albeit, recent history, but a year or two or 10 will pass and it will be old history. Maybe you are not too excited about the letters with photos, or photocards right now, but your descendents will be so grateful to you for saving these for them to view. Be sure to put names on the photos if there aren’t any on them!
Let’s look at this Holiday Book as a great way to keep current family history organized and stored and easy to access in the future.
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If you get invitations for Weddings, Baby Announcements, Every Day letters, Obituary’s and such, perhaps more could be had. You could use the school type pocket folders if you don’t want to get decorative with your holders.