Today families in the provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and Saskatchewan, Canada are celebrating Family Day – a holiday that pays tribute to the importance of family and family life. With many families snowed-in or simply staying indoors, this holiday is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and preserve your family history. Below we have put together a few suggestions for activities that will bring the whole family together.
When you begin to explore how your family story fits into a larger picture, you embark on a special journey. The following tips will help you and your family get started:
• Share stories and talk to close family. Start by asking around for names, birth dates, and marriages of your close family, and be sure to find out if anyone has already started a family tree. Sharing stories passed down over the years is a great way to inspire children to learn more about their ancestors. Find an interesting twist, and tie it into your story - whether it be your grandfather's hilarious childhood antics or your great uncle's perilous journey across the country - children love to hear fun and interesting family stories.
• Interview family members. Sit down with older family member to list names, birthdays, marriages and other life cycle events. Ask if there's a special story surrounding events and be sure to note those too. Getting children involved is often the hardest part, so why not set them a task - invite them to play interviewer and record them asking open-ended questions prompting interesting life stories, like, "From which country did our family emigrate?" While a document is nice to have, the real success will be in making the collection of information entertaining. Click here for more tips on interviewing family members.
• Create a family site and build your family tree. Create a family site on MyHeritage.com to share family news, history, traditions, recipes, post pictures and video, and of course keep track of important dates. Click here to create your family site.
Happy Family Day!