At this time of year, everyone in our house is going a little stir crazy. After the umpteenth â€œIâ€™m boredâ€ last weekend, I followed in my momâ€™s footsteps and hired my daughter for some family history chores. Back in the 70s, we were the only family on the block with a microfilm reader in the basement, and Mom used to pay my sisters and me a quarter for every family member we found as we scrolled through Brooklyn census microfilms. Now I can sit my daughter down in front of the computer and have her try her hand at searching Ancestry.com. Iâ€™m working on attaching records to my online tree so that when it comes time to create a family history book, the records are attached and download into MyCanvas seamlessly. Other â€œchoresâ€ I have in store include scanning family photographs, labeling current photos, and catching up on that never-ending filing.
Scrolling through microfilm all those years ago is what sparked my interest in family history. Iâ€™m hoping that the same will be true for my daughter. Perhaps there is a child you know that would be willing to help you. By enlisting them we can create another generation of family historians.