Ancestral Greeting Cards
I have begun copying old photos and mounting them on cardstock to create greeting cards for my grown kids and other relatives. They can add them to their family history notebooks, if they wish. Especially good are crazy snapshots of their parents taken when they were young. You can buy envelopes at office supply stores in many sizes.
Pat Blake LaRock
Donate Research Time to Silent Auctions
I support a number of charities and non-profit agencies. Many of these agencies have auctions (silent or live) as part of their fundraising events.
I often offer ten hours of genealogy research and advice as an auction item. I am not a professional or certified researcher, but it’s a good way for the agency to gain (usually) between $500 and $1000 for their work, it’s not a strain on me, and the winner gets to deduct most of the cost as a charitable deduction.
If the winner is new to genealogy, I can easily spend that time getting them started and organized. If they are experienced, I can help them work on specific research, or help by being a “different pair of eyes” on their problems.
I enjoy learning about different kinds of records, or records about different locations, since the winners’ ancestors usually came from different places than my own. And even some of the “losing” bidders are motivated to start our addictive hobby!
I have been doing genealogy research since January of 2006. It’s not a long time compared to many, but long enough to have a list of at least twenty questions I wish I could ask my ancestors about their children, way of life, certain good/bad events in their lives, funny stories about their parents/grandparents, etc. Since I can’t ask them, I decided to think about my descendants instead. I made up a list of twenty questions I wish I could ask my ancestors and sent it to my siblings, parents, cousins, and aunts and uncles for them to answer and send back to me.
These Q&A papers will go into our family history I have been collecting, so that my future descendants will have answers to questions I never had myself.
NOTE: Kim was kind enough to share her questions with us and we’ve posted them here on the blog.
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