Tips from the Pros: The “Favorites” List, from Loretto Szucs and Juliana Smith

At Thanksgiving when our family gathers to count our many blessings and offer thanks, we have a tradition that adds to our family history. Everyone gets a questionnaire asking what he or she is thankful for and about his or her favorite things.

We ask for favorite movie, song, TV show, class in school, sport, hobby, video game, etc. Click here to see a copy of our list.

We all get a kick out of reading each others’ lists and when the day is over, copies are put in with our family history. It’s a lot of fun to go back and look at people’s favorites over the years and how they’ve changed–especially the kids.

Why not start your “favorites list” tradition this year? It’s a fun way to gather family history information and your family will never suspect a thing.

Feel free to add to our list in the comments below.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Juliana and Lou

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2 thoughts on “Tips from the Pros: The “Favorites” List, from Loretto Szucs and Juliana Smith

  1. Thanks for the great idea. I have a client that found family through serendipity (they found themselves in the same box at the Phillies game) and are now spending Thanksgiving together as an extended family. I will forward your list, giving you credit, of course. I know they will love it and I’m looking forward to reading the answers and adding them to his family history. Happy T-Day to all.
    Susan Koelble

  2. I would suggest that each person bring a copy of their favorite picture of themselves or family group also, properly documented on who’s who. These would provide photos for future generations.

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