I have Anna Marie Jarvis to thank for my upcoming breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day (my first as a mom). She established the day in 1908 with backing from Philadelphia merchant John Wanamaker. The state of West Virginia declared the holiday in 1910, and the rest of the states followed suit.
Mothers Day is coming right up on May 8, so Ive been dreaming up gift ideas a family history-minded mom might go for. Here are some Ive come up with:
Framed photo: If you have one of those three- or four- (or more) generation photos of moms in your family, that would be perfect. Or a picture of you and your mom. Or maybe find pictures of you, your mom and her mom at about the same age, and frame them together.
Family Tree: Create a decorative family tree with photos. You can use your genealogy software to do this, or download a decorative tree from a site such as FamilySearch, then print and fill it out. Several sites let you fill out a tree online and either print it for free or order a professionally printed version. Heres our roundup of sites for generating or ordering a decorative family tree.
Genealogy helps: You can find all kinds of items at Family Tree Shop to help mom discover her roots. If you’re not sure where to start, try a State Research Collection for a state shes searching in, or our Organize Your Genealogy Life! CD to help her keep her research shipshape.
How are you honoring your mom this year?