In 2001 Congress named October National Family History Month
With the holiday season approaching this is the perfect time
to start considering family history projects.
This time of year presents opportunities for both recording
today’s moment’s for future generations and for discovering information from
days long past.
With many families gathering for holiday celebrations over the next few months one of the best ways to document your own family history is to take photos. Even if it is only ONE photograph of your holiday celebration and your Aunt Mildred loudly complains the entire time because she HATES having her photo taken. Get that photograph. Someday someone will be delighted that you took a moment to record that moment in time.
While you are there get Aunt Mildred to tell some stories of
when she was younger. Was she at Woodstock in the summer of ’69? The holiday
season provides countless opportunities to learn about the history of your
relatives and discover things that you never knew. That interest will probably put
a certain spark in old Aunt Mildred’s eye because someone took the time to ask.
Or….she may smack you with a shoe for digging up the past. There is only one
way to find out. Either case will make a great story for generations to come.
Another thing to consider this time of year is the popularity
of genealogy in the United States today. It is one of the most popular hobbies today.
Family history themed gifts can be an excellent choice for the hard to shop for person and there are options that fit every budget.
Some great gift giving ideas could be buying a DNA test through
one of the testing companies, a framed hand drawn family tree or family
portrait from a younger family member to a grandparent, a photo book of family
photos, etc. Just be mindful that gifts along this theme can be tear jerkers so
get the family photo before you give it!