Sharing Family History: Bring family to life

Sharing Family History: Bring family to life By Barry J. Ewell

Bring history to life
Answer the question, “What was it like back then?” by creating shows and demonstrations that give your family an opportunity to bring history to life.

  • Shows can bring to life an aspect of history highlighted in personal and family histories and books.

Sharing Family History: Give a gift of family history

Sharing Family History: Give a gift of family historyBy Barry J. Ewell

Craft a heritage gift
Make a gift of family history. Homemade gifts are often inexpensive but are favorites with the recipients. They don’t have to be anything complicated either. Gifts can range from a picture frame with photos of a favorite ancestor and Christmas ornaments to heritage quilts. Making a family heritage gift is often more fun than giving one!  Continue reading

Sharing Family History: Write and share your story

Sharing Family History: Write and share your storyBy Barry J. Ewell

Create a family newsletter
Consider creating a family newsletter. Get others involved. Be creative. A well-written newsletter is a great way of keeping families together. Newsletters can include stories about an ancestor or share research successes and assignments. You might have an entire issue dedicated to family history or a regular feature on family history. It can be circulated every month or four times a year. Make sure Grandparents, parents and children each write. Continue reading

Sharing Family History: 16 ideas for family activities

Sharing Family History: 16 ideas for family activitiesBy Barry J. Ewell

Create a regularly scheduled family history activity
Take the opportunity to help your family gain an interest in family history by creating a regularly scheduled activity that is fun and engaging for the whole family.  The following 15 ideas and activities will get you started with your family:

  • Buy a map of the United States or the world and use stickers or pins to show where your ancestors lived and how they migrated. Continue reading

Sharing Family History: More reunion activities

Sharing Family Histor: More reunion activitiesBy Barry J. Ewell

Family reunions provide many opportunities to share in learning about and celebrating a common ancestry.  The following are additional ideas and activities that can easily be incorporated into a family reunion.

Memory T-shirts
If you have more than one branch of an extended family attending your reunion, consider identifying each branch with a different colored shirt.  You can… Continue reading

How to Start New Traditions When Old Ones Pass Away

Onion_Days_2014-Carosel3By Barry J. Ewell

As life progresses, we all get the opportunity to experience its many rich colors of change and seasons.  As this most recent Labor Day passed, a United States holiday held on the first Monday of September celebrating the working people, our family began a new chapter in cherished tradition.

For the 35 years, our family has spent Labor Day in Payson, Utah attending the Onion Days Festival and being with my wife’s parents and family. Those years have been filled with many fond and cherished memories that have shaped the very fabric of the those attending.   Allow me to take you on a short walk in time.

My first Onion Days was in the summer of 1978, I was newly engaged to my soon to be wife, Colette, cherished companion of the last 35 years.  Mom and dad, Colette’s parents, as I would come to know them lived, on Main Street.  Continue reading

Sharing Family History: Attend family reunions

Sharing Family History: Attend family reunionsBy Barry J. Ewell

Attend family reunions
Family reunions provide opportunities for different generations and branches of a family to come together. Young people get to know relatives they might not otherwise meet and see how they are related to each other. Families create experiences and memories that can last a lifetime. It is easy to incorporate family history in a family reunion when…

  • The reunion is held near a place of significance to your family such as a homestead or cemetery. Continue reading