May 30th, 2009 at 2:30 pm (Articles)
Ok, so you have put together your basic genealogy or family history. Now you might be wondering “What do I do with all this information?” The trick is to think “Whatever you want”.
So often we do the work, “Oh isn’t this all cool”, and then it goes in a drawer. Well, what is the point of doing all that if you do not use it? In my way of thinking, make it fun and make it work for you.
For example: It is your Jackson Family Reunion. Bring out the books, place them on a table. Show everyone the great work you have been doing. Also display the pictures and pedigree charts. People tend to get drawn in when these are up. Everyone starts talking. Usually they will start mentioning things like “Look here is Uncle Tom” “I remember Grandma Isabelle, do you?” “Yeah, she was an angel”, “I love that someone is doing this!”
Be prepared, next they will be asking for copies of the paperwork and of the pictures. I usually say yes if they will pay the costs. Or even better is to start trading photos or documents. Once the door gets opened others will usually join in. This can be a great way to get you further in you search. In addition, try to keep a camcorder going during the discussion whenever possible. You never know what will come up.
Remember, this information can be passed on to others as gifts. Imagine your favorite cousin that loves genealogy getting a framed copy of your great-great-grand parent’s marriage license. How cool would that be to hang on the wall along with a picture or two.
Another great idea is to make a Photo Book. These make great gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, etc. These are available in many places online these days. I believe you can also get them printed through Walmart, Walgreens, and Target, to name a few.
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