Whether youâ€™ll be a host or guest this holiday season, family get-togethers can give your family history research a real boost, and a little pre-planning can go a long way. Look for ways to jog relativesâ€™ memories. Put together a collection of old photographs in a collage or album (conveniently left where people can browse and discuss). Create centerpieces and other decorations using family memorabilia and photographs. Come up with â€œgetting-to-know-youâ€ games that will get everyone involved. (Example: Have everyone write something about themselves or a favorite memory on a slip of paper and put them all in a hat. Then have everyone choose a slip and try to guess whose slip they have.) Engage members of the younger generation by having them ask questions of older generations.
With a little preparation, you can make this holiday season a real boon to your family history.