I would like to share an idea that has become very popular in our family. I am the “keeper” of the family history and have accumulated many photographs over the years. My brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, and children have only been mildly interested in the history of our family.
Several months ago I started a quiz contest. Each week or so, I e-mail everyone a photograph from my collection with a quiz question. Usually I just ask, “Who am I?” but sometimes when that is too easy I’ll change the question, maybe to “Where was this picture taken?” or “Name the year.”
The first person to e-mail me back the answer gets a point and every few weeks I release the “standings.” I am pleasantly surprised at how popular and competitive it has become. Everyone is enjoying it very much and an added benefit is that they are calling my parents much more frequently to describe a picture to them and ask who it is.
Christmas Gift Idea
I did this several years ago for my grandma as a Christmas gift. I purchased a hard cover â€œbirthday book.â€ This book lists each day of every month with room to enter all the birth dates, death dates, and anniversaries of our loved ones. You can also write in graduations, baptisms, etc. Also included are bits and pieces, or words of wisdom, from various authors. There are several styles of this type of book to choose from at most bookstores.
I started the book out by listing all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with their birth and marriage dates on the appropriate date and month.
This was a great way for my grandma to keep track of her growing family, as well as close friends. Grandma passed away a year ago now, and my mom gave the book back to me. It’s a special remembrance as it now has my Grandma’s handwriting where she added dates of family and friends, but also notes that she made. This would be a special gift for anyone and itâ€™s a wonderful way to remember your loved ones.
Karen Killey Barriger
Record a Cemetery
I have a pet project and I pester any and all who are interested in our family histories to do the same–go record the tombstones in cemeteries where father, mother, grandma, and grandpa are buried! Even better, record ANY cemetery near you, or where you are visiting, regardless of whether or not you have relatives there.
The reason I dwell on this subject so much is because I have seen six cemeteries disappear in my lifetime; fancy homes are now on these sacred sights and I resent it with all my heart. After seeing that this can be done, I was determined to record the areas where my mother, her parents, and grandparents now rest. What a labor of love!
And these records have now been compiled into books available at several libraries. I am so proud of them.
NOW, go record a cemetery today!
Carol in Arizona
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