SHOW NOTES: Weave more family history into your holidays and get the whole family involved in capturing stories and finding joy in genealogy. Here are 5 ideas that will enrich your family gatherings.
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#1 Stimulate conversation about family history during gatherings.
Watch the 4-part series Family History Christmas Wreath, part of the Family History Craft and Displays YouTube playlist. It’s an old video series but you’ll get the step-by-step instructions you need to create a family history Christmas wreath.
Watch Family History Crazy Quilt Christmas Stocking
Check out the Premium video Inspiring Ways to Captivate the Non-Genealogists in Your Life which includes the template to create the candy bar lable.
Table Conversation Prompts
- Who is the oldest relative you remember meeting? Around what year were they born?
- What was your favorite toy as a child?
- Tell us about your most memorable Christmas.
#2. Record conversations
With permission of course! Use the Voice Memo app on your phone.
#3. Mention your interest in family history in your cards to relatives
Even just a brief mention of your continued interest and genealogical activity might cause a relative to share a family photo, story or document.
#4. Have Family History Fun!
Family history and genealogy are fun and there are lots of ways to help your relatives see that.
Look up old catalogs and share memories of favorite toys, clothing and more. Here are three great places to find them:
Google Books: Sears Wish book results
Ancestry.com: U.S., Historic Catalogs of Sears, Roebuck and Co., 1896-1993
Google search: Search for Sears Wish Book 1960…1970 (substitute the desired years)
Yearbooks & Photos
Look up high school photos in old yearbooks online. Screencast your phone to your TV screen so everyone can join in the fun. Here are two great sources for yearbooks:
MyHeritage AI Time Machine
Offer to run photos (adults only) through MyHeritage’s AI Time Machine
#5. Select one research project for the New Year.
Learn more about developing research questions by watching Avoid Rabbit Holes and Find More Genealogy
Watch Research Methodology videos and get the downloadable handouts (included with Genealogy Gems Premium Membership.)
Watch Using Evernote to Create a Research Plan (Premium)
Congratulations on a ‘Christmas’ granddaughter how very exciting. My granddaughter was born 26 November a little sister for her two brothers.
Loved the 5 tips. You do wreaths, I have a ‘Family Tree Christmas Tree’ with about 25 photos and everyone loves to look at these photos.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Merry Christmas. Thanks for all your great videos and ideas like those today.