13    Dec 20120 comments

Genealogy: 3 ways to involve family during the holidays

HolidaysAs we approach the holiday season, the chances are that many of us will spend time with our families.

Whether you'll be visiting close relatives or meeting with distant cousins, family get-togethers are the perfect way to find out more about your family history.

Want to add more information to your family tree or inspire the younger generations to get involved? Here are three simple tips to turn your next family gathering into a genealogy opportunity!

1. Ask relatives to bring an old family object

Documenting the story of a family treasure can be an great tool to increase understanding about your family history. Whether a letter, card, ornament, jewelry or recipe, encourage relatives to bring something to show everyone. These items can bring interesting stories to life and provide new family  information.

2. Have someone take notes

Information about relatives is often revealed during family gatherings, but can be forgotten if it's not recorded in some way. Appoint someone to take notes, and ensure that everything said is recorded - via video or voice recorder - to preserve it for future generations.

3. Make it a game - get the kids involved

Children are not only the family's next generation, they're also the next generation of genealogists. Get them involved at an early age by creating games to play at family events. If there are several children, have them form teams. Beyond the lure of a prize, you might ignite a spark in the children that will encourage them to research their family history when they are older.

These are our three tips. Do you have any suggestions on how to get the most out of family gatherings?

Let us know in the comments below.

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