Most genealogists have received help during their genea-journeys.
Perhaps that help came from a family member, another researcher of the same name or place, an archivist or a librarian with a family history interest. No matter the source, it is always good to receive assistance.
Family History Month is celebrated during October and, although it has just ended officially, here are some thoughts on how genealogists can provide help to others all year long.
As researchers, I believe we also have an obligation to pass that help along. Can we assist a genealogy society member with a sticky problem to which we may have a solution? Have we helped a young member of our family with a school project? Have we made an effort to appreciate those who have assisted us?
I was quite busy during October. My genealogy activities included writing posts for our MyHeritage Blog, genealogy society meetings, answering emailed questions about my areas of expertise (Spain and Belarus), and assisting others hoping for answers to questions about international archives and locating researchers to find records.
However, my most rewarding time last month was volunteering at a local rehabilitation center/nursing home.
Holiday scenes are engraved, from early childhood, in our memories and in our hearts. Each of us, regardless of what holiday we celebrate, carries these indelible memories.
How do we successfully include all family members into our holiday celebrations?
Every family includes relatives of all ages, from babies through grandparents and even great-grandparents. In many families, there are also members of different religions, cultures, national origins and other factors.
Our unique family histories include so many people who lived at different times, but the holidays – regardless of what holiday your family celebrates – are when everyone gets together.
The group photo above - c1950s, Teheran - shows a snapshot of four generations of my husband's family, taken in the garden of his family home. Family celebrations there routinely included everyone, from newborns to great-grandparents. It is one of the few large group photos existing - I apologize for the quality.
While it may be easier to plan for the younger generation, senior family members may need a bit more attention.
Rheta Rosen, PhD, offers some tips for enjoying the holidays with senior members. She's the coordinator at the Interpersonal Skills Teaching Centre of Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada).
Rosen’s tips include some good points: