5 Family Activities For This Thanksgiving

Posted November 27, 2013 by Amanda | No Comment

This Thursday the U.S. celebrates Thanksgiving! As a day reserved for family and friends to come together and share a traditional feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and other delicious dishes, Thanksgiving is also an opportunity for everyone to give thanks and share stories. With the entire family gathered together, it’s a great time to do a little genealogical digging.

Here are five ways to get your family to share some family history this holiday:

1. Share photos

Dig out some old photos you have lying around or in a shoe box and share them around the table. This is a great way to spark some memories and perhaps identify some of unknown people in your photos.

2. Ask your relatives to share stories

Have your family members share their favorite Thanksgiving memories, especially your older relatives. You’ll be sure to discover information you may have never known and learn some interesting anecdotes about your ancestors. You may even be surprised how some family traditions have carried on or changed between generations as children grew up. Family stories are always an excellent source of genea-info.

3. Share your own research

Thanksgiving may be the perfect time to share what research you have discovered in the past year. You may even spark their curiosity and get them interested in learning more about the family. They may also help fill in any gaps that have been plaguing you.

4. Games

Family games are an excellent way to bond with your family. Create a family history game that will excite both the young and older members of the family. This can be a creative way for children to learn more about their family history.

5. Don’t forget about the food!

Thanksgiving is usually one of the holidays where families enjoy a traditional meal. This year, when you serve your traditional Thanksgiving dishes, share the history behind the dish. Was the recipe passed down over generations? You may be surprised by how many more great stories are unlocked by the memories of food.

Have a happy and fun Thanksgiving!

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Amanda is the Social Media Coordinator at Geni. If you need any assistance, she will be happy to help!

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