Passing the knowledge of family history on to one’s children and grandchildren can be a rewarding experience. However, it is not easy to make family history interesting to all ages. From interesting stories of ancestors who traveled across the ocean and trekked out to the Wild West or who stayed in the east and started a whole town or built bridges, the lives of one’s ancestors can be brought to life when interwoven with historical facts.
To accomplish this, one would need to know who their ancestors were in the context of the world they lived in. The convenience of looking up places in either Wikipedia or Ask.com can go a long way in making this a reality. Each site provides a “historical” section about the specific place allowing one to easily locate information that can be included when researching a specific ancestor from a specific place and time.
Knowing one’s roots can be a source of pride, self-esteem that is passed down generation after generation. As individuals piece their family stories together, they learn about themselves and their heritage in the best positive way. The greater difficulty is finding the time to take advantage of the variety of interesting and fun activities that will capture children’s young imagination and help them build their own family tree.
Pictures have a way of stimulating memories that can be shared with family members of all ages. Most individuals enjoy looking and learning about who is in the picture and discovering their life story. Once those memories are shared, entering their names on a family group sheet has a much greater impact and meaning to the whole family. Taking this a step further by creating a blog that can be shared with one’s extended family allows the youth to use their technological expertise in another positive way. Either Blogger or WordPress are blogging applications that can easily make this a family project as you reach out to family members wherever they may be living in the world.
Look for future articles on other activities for you and your family as together, you discover your past and share it with your extended family!