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

Sharing Family History: Collect and share family stories

Sharing Family History: Collect and share family storiesBy Barry J. Ewell

Collect and share family histories

  • When an ancestor does not have his /or her history written, research and write their history for them.
  • If there are a number of ancestors whose histories need to be written, ask others in your family to select one or two that they would like to write. Continue reading

Sharing Family History: Preserve the record

Sharing Family History: Preserve the recordBy Barry J. Ewell

Preserve your family pictures
Try your hand at scanning family photos into your computer, or hire someone to do it for you, and then store the originals in acid-free photo boxes or albums. The same thing goes for the family movies!

Scan the family photos out of the shoeboxes or bags in the back of your closet; track down the photo you’ve never seen of your great-grandparents; or ask your Grandma to help you Continue reading

Sharing Family History: Genealogy activity ideas for ages 14 – 17

Sharing Family History: Genealogy activity ideas for ages 14 – 17By Barry J. Ewell

Photograph project
Piles of Photos sitting around your house? Enlist a child this age to help sort and label them.

Letter writing
Often a part of high-school English assignments, encourage your child to write a letter to a relative asking about family history. Continue reading