Are you having success in writing your family history? As we gather more information, it does become challenging to incorporate those facts in the stories that our relatives and descendants will find interesting. Speaking for myself, I have discovered (rediscovered) interesting tidbits as I continue to update my source information and scan those random notes and papers that we genealogist accumulate. This week let’s look at some writing tools and resources to help us write our story.
Here we are…it’s Fall already! Hope you have a spooktacular Halloween! It’s been fun to see all the creative costumes this year. As you enjoy this spooky Halloween, allocate some time to jot down memories of Halloween past. When you were a kid, did you treat or treat? What costumes did you wear? How was that different from what your children or grandchildren were wearing? Did your grandparents or parents trick or treat? All fun things to capture as you write your family stories.
For inspiration check out these sites.
A 1950's Halloween Celebration - LetterPile
Life in the 50’s: Halloween in the 1950’s – Retro Dee's Guide to the Best Era Ever (wordpress.com)
A Wartime Halloween - America in WWII
See How Kids Used to Celebrate Halloween From the 1930s Through the 1980s ~ Vintage Everyday
For those of us with farm ancestors, we’ve used the land records that are found in our local courthouses. As more records are available online, we tend to forget about the information that is available in the Courthouses that might help us in our genealogy search. Let’s look.
We’ve discussed in past blogs the importance of reviewing our old notes and documents for our family research. While most love the thrill of the chase, researching for new documents and exploring the web, we might be missing vital clues right in our own files. Let’s take a look.
October is quite an impressive month with two genealogy recognitions: Family History Month and German (American) Heritage Month. We often identify our immigrant ancestors as German even if they came from areas outside of what we identify as German borders today. And this is correct because often the borders were changing and so pockets of German speakers were in Poland, Austria, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, and other areas. They hadn’t moved but the wars and treaties had changed where they were living. Think how strange this would be for us today if suddenly Montana’s border extended into western North Dakota. There are many resources for your “German” research. Let’s look.
As we settle into the rhythm of Fall days—crisp mornings, warm afternoons, and shorter daylight hours, it is the perfect opportunity to think about how we can improve our research methods and explore new research tools and sites. For an additional excuse to immerse ourselves in genealogy (but really who needs an excuse!) October is Family History Month! Let’s take a look.
I’ve been watching the recorded sessions from our 45th Family History Workshop and enjoyed the tips that Rick Crume, in his presentation “How to Organize Your Digital Files,” gave on labeling and identifying our digital records, photos and documents within our own files as well as when we share those online trees. By labeling items clearly and consistently this helps relatives and future researching understand what the record or photo is and why it is relevant. All of this made me think more about how to preserve the genealogy research that we have done when we are gone. While it is a slightly morbid thought, we all want to make sure that our meticulous work isn’t thrown out with the trash! Let’s look at ideas for preserving our genealogy research.
September is here and I am happy to announce that the Heritage Education Commission is hosting our 45th Family History Workshop. We have great speakers lined up and the best part is you can enjoy this virtual conference from the comfort of your home. Our main speaker Jill N. Crandall, MA, GA will be presenting live on September 18th. If you can’t make that day, no worries. All the sessions will be on demand for registrants through October 2021. As cochair this year, I hope that you will enjoy this virtual workshop and find key information to help you with your family history.
To learn more and to register check out our website HEC Workshop General Info (heritageed.com) It will be a fun event. Hope you can make it!
Much like in the United States, early European settlements in Canada happened on the east and west coasts with Ontario as one of the target areas for settlement in mid-eighteen-hundreds. And like in the United States, when new areas were opened for settlement, people moved further west into the prairie provinces of Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Let’s look at what is available for genealogical research in those areas.
BLOG – Happy Labor Day
Well summer is officially coming to an end with Labor Day Weekend. Fall is my favorite season with the warm days and crisps nights. However, I am not in any hurry to have Winter arrive! As you salute the last days of summer with family and friends, here are few links about the history of Labor Day. Surprisingly the first Labor Day was observed in 1887 while Congress didn’t pass a bill to make it official until 1894. I wonder what our farmer ancestors thought…did they take a holiday from chores? Their milk cows may have had a say on what work got done. Enjoy!
History of Labor Day | U.S. Department of Labor (dol.gov)
What Is Labor Day? History and Meaning • FamilySearch
10 Labor Day Facts Everyone Should Know - Labor Day Trivia, Facts, and History (goodhousekeeping.com)
Labor Day - Wikipedia
With a lifelong passion for genealogy and history, the author enjoys the opportunity to share genealogy tidbits, inspiring others to research and write their family story.