Five Tips for Celebrating Family History Month

It’s October again, and that means it’s Family History Month!

Here are five ways to celebrate your family’s history.

1. Fill out a family tree, and include a brief “bio” for all of the “buds” on the tree that you can (for example: “Farmer, born in Sweden, came to America in 1873”).

2. Tell your children the story of one of their grandparents each week of the month. When and where were they born? Where did they go to school? What did they do for a living? When and where did they meet their spouse? What was the most special thing about them? (Think about turning on a digital recorder while you do this.)

3. Create a photo montage for each branch of your family. You can buy frames with pre-cut mattes with places for multiple pictures, or make your own. (It’s best to use copies of the photographs for framing: be sure to keep the original photos in a safe place, protected from sunlight, moisture and dust.)

4. Take a field trip to a site important in your family’s history. This could be the town your Mom grew up in, the graveyard where many of your relatives are buried, a house you lived in as a child.  Let the stories of the past come alive again as you show your family these places.

5. Go to these sites for more great ideas.

Do you have any favorite family history projects you’d like to share with us and our readers? If so, please leave a comment: we’d love to hear from you!

Janet Hulstrand is a writer/editor,  writing coachtravel blogger, and coauthor of Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home

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