How Can Someone Involve The Entire Family In Genealogy?

How can someone involve the entire family in genealogy? The very easiest way is to purchase one of the family heritage scrapbooks to get everyone involved with looking at pictures and making stories. The...

The very easiest way is to purchase one of the family heritage scrapbooks to get everyone involved with looking at pictures and writing down stories or information about the photo. If your children are small, having them draw pictures or write a letter will peak their curiosity. Spouses who are not interested can be really tough, but a family picnic at a graveyard is not a bad idea and kids love it. There is no rule of thumb - it has to be what works for your family, but doing a family heritage scrapbook is excellent. It is something that people in the family will look at and at least ask you what are you are doing and you can generate interest that way. The other great thing is many teachers ask students to do a small family tree for their class work and that often starts the stories rolling and "wanting to know more".


Just sharing the stories you discover is one way to involve your family and peak their curiosity. My husband doesn't like looking at the old papers, but he will take me to the courthouses and the cemeteries and he loves the stories I find. Another way is to create or share a family tradition with your children. I have a rose bush that I started from a clipping from my mother-in-law's house. That rose bush has traveled with my husband's family since 1749 in Virginia and now I have a part of it in 2005 in Oklahoma.




I would like to tell everyone that family history is not only a fun hobby but if you ask almost any family historian they will tell you it's addictive. If you love puzzles and mysteries you'll love family history.

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