Cake made by me at Virtual Cake Decorator
In 2001, Congress first passed a resolution to make that October Family History Month in the United States. Since then, although there haven’t been official resolutions, genealogy businesses and organizations have continued to observe Family History Month in October.
We love a reason to celebrate! Break out the party supplies and do something genealogical, such as:
- Check with your local genealogical society or library to find a class or library lock-in. For example, the Allen County (Ind.) Public Library Genealogy Center has a month of programs, as does Arizona’s Pima County Genealogical Society. The Kenton County Public Library in Kentucky has classes and research consultations. Also explore our collection of instructional genealogy webinars you can download and watch as often as you want.
- Pick your favorite ancestor or ancestral family and write about him/her/them, drawing on your genealogical research (here are some tips to get started). This could be a few paragraphs, an essay or an all-out book.
- Write about a family heirloom you love (here’s how to put together a “treasure tale”). For me, it would probably be something my grandma created, such as these Christmas ornaments.
- Short on time? Do one of these six quick family history photo album and writing projects or one of these 14 fast genealogy tasks you can accomplish on your lunch hour.
- Make a cake! Or prepare an old family recipe or one related to your family’s ethnic heritage. Family Tree Magazine has a Family Recipes board on Pinterest (this German apfelkuchen looks delicious), or you could find an old recipe using Google or these family cookbook resources.
- Use copies of old photos and records, along with genealogical information you’ve gathered, for one of these crafty family history projects. Time and skill requirements range from quick and easy to more involved.
- Have your kids and grandkids help you with a genealogy project, such as going to a cemetery, visiting old family homes, organizing photos, or making a slideshow to share. Little kids might like an activity book such as one of the Zap the Grandma Gap books.
It’s a great month for genealogy. Enjoy!