When my cousin Cecilia visited from Sweden this summer, she told me that she had a family history that traces our family back to 1663. She sent it to me recently, just in time for Family History Month.
Our grandfathers were brothers and someone in her family has traced back our family, on our grandfathers’ mother’s side, to Bengt Persson, our six times great grandfather, a man who lived from 1663 to 1709.
This is amazing to me. I’m so grateful to the person who researched this and to Cecilia and her husband Lars who preserved it and scanned it for us.
The gift of the family tree sent me to my grandmother’s photo album and what fun it was to see some of the history in family photos.
For a previous post on Family History Month, I talked about school projects that got our family started on researching our history. And in another post, I listed some places that may help you get started researching your own history.
You can also get some help from the experts.
Family Tree Magazine has some suggestions for tracing your family tree.
Family Search Blog lists activities for celebrating the month.
On the Ancestry website, you can find family history events.
Here’s hoping you find a special way to celebrate and honor the story of your family.
≈Linda Hetzer is an editor and author of books on home design, crafts, and food, and coauthor of Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home.
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