Here is an idea you might want to share with your readers.Â A neat keepsake can be made using a plain tablecloth.Â At any special holiday (birthday, thanksgiving, Christmas, wedding, etc.) have all the guests trace the outline of their hand and sign their name and date in the “palm” of the hand. This can be done anywhere on the tablecloth.Â Â After the party, embroider over each outline and signature, making them permanent.Â The tablecloth may then be laundered and put away for the next occasion.Â Each year can be embroidered in a different color, making “who else was there that day” easier to determine.Â It’s a permanent record/keepsake.Â
Our daughter did this and we now treasure a tablecloth with the signatures and handprints of grandparents who are long departed, as well as the little handprints of the newest generation of the family tree.Â We can also trace the handprints from infant to adult with some of the children.Â In fact, we are on our SECOND tablecloth.Â It’s truly a treasure.
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Diary on the Family Calendar
After my mother passed away, I was going through her belongings and started pitching old bills and such.Â I also started throwing away some old calendars she had kept.Â For some reason, I looked through one of them and found she had recorded many facts on the calendar such as the acquisition and death of every family pet, the graduation date of grandchildren, the anniversary of family relatives as well as all birthdays in the family.Â She even recorded the date the gas man came to read the meter!Â I quickly went to the garbage can and retrieved the calendars I had thrown away.Â They have been a blessing in finding the birthdays and anniversaries of friends and relatives. So look carefully at those old saved records before you pitch them.Â You may find a mini-diary on an old calendar.
Reconnecting with Extended Family
I have been working on expanding a family tree that one of my distant cousins originally made.Â I have found two ways to find more information on people who should be alive now.
The first way is to use a people finding website like peoplefinders.com.Â You can do a general search with just the last name or the first and last name of the person on your tree.Â If you donâ€™t know where they live now, then use the state where you think they grew up in or just use United States. I found it to be very helpful to fill in blanks some of my cousins.Â
The other way is to use a social network website like Facebook.Â In the age of computers, this is a very good way to find cousins and other distant relatives other than first cousins and aunts and uncles. I have been using Facebook for the past few weeks and have found more of my third and fourth cousins whom I have never met, but whose names are on my tree.Â All I did was do a search on the name I had on my tree, send him/her a note stating how I believe we are related and if we are, could we be â€œfriendsâ€ so I can then get more information.Â So far, I have sent notes to twenty-five possible relatives and have heard back and received information from seven of them.
Sharon F. Yampell
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