Write an Ancestral Resume
One way to keep interesting facts on an ancestor is to prepare a resume as if the person were alive and looking for a job. Look at some forms and find one or two that have slots for various types of information that a potential employer might be impressed to find. Even though your ancestor may be woman who did not have outside jobs, you can try to find out volunteering, church activities, travels, hobbies, and various good works.
When I learned of naming patterns I found it very helpful to find the ancestors of the family. There are other patterns, but hereâ€™s one pattern Iâ€™ve noted:
1st son for the father’s father
2nd son for the wife’s father
3rd son for the father’s oldest brother
4th son for the father
1st daughter for the father’s mother
2nd daughter for the wife’s mother
3rd daughter for the wife’s oldest sister
4th daughter for the mother
Recording Your Home History
Since my husband and I are both doing family research we recently visited all the nearby homes we had lived in through the years. We took photos of them and in one case the present owner came out and we had a chat. Now, we can add these photos to our genealogy programs and it is yet another piece of our story.
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