Take a Walk Down Memory Lane
Family History Month is long past but what better time to work on a special genealogy project during the winter months? There’s time to organize papers and display old photos, or work on your own research during the dark days of winter. Here are some ideas.
Scanning, Displaying & Using Old Photographs
We all have old or antique photos stashed away, whether from our own childhood or from previous generations. I recently obtained my mother’s old photos and I just scanned them all. I am going to make a photobook of them all. Here are some ideas:
- Scan that collection of old photographs, and choose some to display in a digital photo frame.
- Write captions and identifying information on labels to put on the back of old photos. Then read Protect and Preserve Old Photographs to find out how to care for them.
- Make a photobook and give to your grandchildren.
Start Writing Your Personal History
Letters and journals from ancestors are a great find, but your children and grandchildren would like to know about you, too. I recently began my memoir journey by writing about my life, starting from childhood and on into the present. I jotted down all the experiences, memories, details and feelings about my life and hope to continue to produce my memoir in book form.
- Write about your best friend in high school.
- Write about the first date with your spouse.
- Write about how you got interested in genealogy.
- Write what you were doing when you heard about the shooting of President John F. Kennedy.
- Write about another memorable event in your life.
- Ask your parents or grandparents the same questions and write their responses.
Make Family History Related Gifts
- Make copies of a favorite ancestor’s photo, put in small, light frames, and give as Christmas tree ornaments.
- Create a montage of ancestors’ photos, or photos of current family members, and give as a gift.
- Write the story of one ancestor’s family and give to family members. If possible, include a photo of them or something related to them. Recently my younger cousin asked me about my uncle, he dad, who passed away early in his life. He also wanted to know about our grandparents, whom he had never known. In addition to my brother’s memories, which are few, I can give him my story about our grandparents to make it real for him.
- Create a digital scrapbook page of an ancestor’s story, plus photos and excerpts from documents, and print as a gift. While my father was in Britain during WW2, my mother and father who were engaged before he left, sent photos back and forth. They both wrote love letters on the backs of the photos. I am going to include those inscriptions in the photobook.
Plan a Family Reunion
- The younger generation in our family does not know the rest of our family descendants from our great grandparents. We are planning a spring reunion to get together, share family stories, look at old photos and have fun.
- Create a Family Group on Facebook and find lost relative, little know facts, and with everyone’s input, plan a reunion or just simply stay in touch.
I’m on a phase in my life where my family’s past is of great importance to me. Knowing details of family events and life 100 years ago is of great interest to me. Perhaps it’s the same for you!
Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2013, in In the News, Just for Fun, Thoughts!, Writing and tagged family reunion, geneology, heritage, memoir, memories, old photos, scanning old photos. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.