10 Ways to Celebrate World Family History Day

Posted May 15, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment

It’s World Family History Day! World Family History Day is celebrated on on May 15 of each year and it falls on the same day that the United Nations observes its International Day of Families. This is the perfect day to dive into your genealogy research and share with your relatives all of the amazing things you have uncovered about your family history.

10 Ways to Celebrate World Family History Day

In honor of World Family History Day, check out our list of fun ways you can make the most out of the day:

1. Interview Relatives

Your greatest resource of family history information are your relatives. Make an appointment to interview your relatives now before it is too late. Once a relative has passed away, an entire library of information vanishes with them. Take a moment to talk to your relatives about what they know about your family history, especially your older relatives, and record their memories so future generations can share in them too. Check out some tips on how to conduct family history interviews.

2. Work on Your Family Tree

Have you made time to work on your family tree on Geni? Many times when building our trees, we tend to quickly add information and relatives to the tree and forget to add more details to their profiles. Take some time to add more details to each of your relative’s Geni profiles to share with your relatives a more complete view of who your ancestors were and what they may have experienced. You can fill out the About sections with a short biography or add and expand on important life events in their Timeline.

3. Visit the graves of your ancestors

Visit the graves of your ancestors or take a walk in a local cemetery. Plan to take some photographs of your family’s gravestones, which can hold important information or clues for further research. You can also make some time to photograph surrounding gravestones with apps such as the BillionGraves app, so that you can share your discoveries with other family history researchers. Your picture could very well be a vital piece of someone else’s genealogy research.

4. Get your relatives to take a DNA test

If you have already taken a DNA test for genealogy, you may want to reach out to your relatives to see if they would be willing to take a DNA test too. DNA testing is an informative complement to traditional genealogy research. It can help confirm your paper trail or reveal a surprising or unexpected discovery. Once you and your relatives have your results, upload them to Geni!

5. Digitize and share old family photos

Do you have a box of old family photographs sitting in a closet? Now may be a good time to scan those photos into your computer. Not only will you be able to have a digital copy of these precious family mementos, but you will also be able to easily share them with members of your family. Pictures always help bring family history research to life, so remember to upload those photos to your relatives’ profiles that way all of your relatives can put a face to a name and share stories and memories with each other.

6. Visit someplace important to your family history

Genealogy field trips are a great way to engage relatives in your family history. If there are locations that had significance in the lives of your ancestors that are local to your area, plan to bring some family members on a visit. It could be a school, the location of a former business, or even the old family homestead. Share stories about what you know about your family’s connection to that location. And don’t forget to take photos of the places you visit!

7. Plan a family meal with old recipes

Nothing beats home cooking! Plan a meal with your entire family that consists entirely of old family recipes. Dive into those old family cookbooks to see what meals may work best. Try to choose dishes that will evoke family memories that you can all chat about while you eat.

8. Get your kids excited with fun activities

Create fun activities with your kids to get them excited about your family history. Plan arts and craft activities, such as drawing the family tree, or get them talking to older relatives by having the kids do family history interviews, World Family History Day is the perfect opportunity to ignite your children’s interest in genealogy.

9. Document your research

Have to taken time to cite your sources? Documentation is very important to family history research. If you are building your family tree on Geni, go back and make sure you have added all of your sources to the tree. You may even want to take a second look at any documentation you have found. You never know if you missed something the first time around!

10. Share, share, share

Share what you have discovered with others! Invite your family to Geni, so they can see all of the amazing work you have done to find and preserve your family history! Perhaps they may be inspired to dive in and help, too.

How will you be celebrating World Family History Day?

Post written by Amanda

Amanda is the Marketing Communications Manager at Geni. If you need any assistance, she will be happy to help!

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