Did you ever think that you could put “Find My Ancestors” and “Fun” in the same sentence? Hardly seems likely, doesn’t it?
But searching for your ancestors can be fun and finding them can be even more fun!
The way to have the most fun is to use the family history search as a baseline only. Once your search is in full swing and you’re finding links to your ancestors regularly, then get on with the fun stuff.
Start a special family group on Facebook and communicate regularly. Exchange photos, news about kids, special celebrations. You may find out that you share a lot in common with many family members you meet online.
Organize a family reunion. This can be a lot of work, but involve a lot of your relatives. Don’t try to do it alone. Assign jobs, delegate and follow through. Give yourselves enough time for planning. Try to have the reunion in your ancestors’ hometown to get the feel of family and roots. And have fun!
Give the gift of family history – plan to do a Genealogy Christmas this year. Give gifts that are based on your ancestors scan and print out old photos and frame them; do a family cookbook with old recipes, reproduce an old family crest or design a new one, publish a written family history with photos, make homemade Christmas tree ornaments with old photos.
Start up a family website. Do a rotating blog and assign a different month to each family. Publish the family history research you’ve been working so hard on as an Ebook so that family members can download it.
Do some family travel to sites and locations where your ancestors lived and worked. You’ll begin to get a feel for what it was like while they were alive there.
Having fun finding ancestors is not that hard. Sharing what you’ve found is where the real fun happens. Take some of these ideas and tweak them to suit yourself and your family.