Are you looking for genealogical projects to do for November? Consider these ten seasonal gems to get your creative genealogy energy going. You’ll have a ball.
1. Cook Up a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner
Choose a generation of your family in America. It could be any generation from the first ones who came in the 1600’s to the generation of your grandparents. Research what that generation typically ate for Thanksgiving dinner. Look at old cookbooks if you need to. Then, prepare a fabulous feast from the past for your family. Be sure to explain what generation ate the meal and why each dish was served during the old times. – read more
2. Costume Time!
If you really want to take the traditional Thanksgiving theme a step farther, costume up. Research what types of clothing the generation your meal represents wore. Then, make outfits for everyone to keep with the theme of that generation. Sometimes, special clothes were worn for Thanksgiving, while other times it was everyday wear. Make sure you get it right, and it will be just like a Thanksgiving out of the past come back to life. Your family will love it. It’s like time travel at the Thanksgiving table.
3. Put Together a Thanksgiving Photo Album
Gather together photos of your family celebrating Thanksgiving going back as many years as you have photos. If you have photos going back generations, this is even better. Put them all in an album, and share it with everyone at dinner. Or, make copies of the photos, buy individual albums, and give them as gifts.
4. Work on Another Chapter of Your Family History Book
Each month, you should write another chapter in your family history book. Take the whole month to write it. Eventually, your book will be done, and probably before you know it. Once you’ve completed one book on one family line, start on another one.
5. Begin a New Line of Research
With the days getting shorter and the weather getting colder, it is a perfect time to stay indoors and start working on a new family line you have previously neglected. Get to know some new ancestors this month. They’ll be glad to meet you.
6. Volunteer at a School
Teachers often like to do special things before the holidays. Volunteer at your child’s school, or at a local college, to talk about the history of your town, old Thanksgiving traditions, or the genealogy of your own family and how the students can trace their own. – Read More
7. Work on Those Lineage Society Papers
Now is the time to work on lineage society papers you may have been neglecting. Get them finished and get your membership approved. – Read More
8. Read a New Genealogy Book
Colder weather and more time indoors makes it the perfect time to read another genealogy book or magazine and increase your research skills. – Read More
9. Volunteer at a Local Archives or Museum
Archives and museums often need volunteers. Start during the holiday season while the crowds are small so you can learn all you need to know to be a good guide. You’ll probably get plenty of time to use the collections for your own research while you’re there, and you’ll enjoy teaching others about local history. – Read More
10. Visit Elderly Relatives
The holidays are the perfect time to visit elderly relatives you may not have seen in a while. During your visit, ask them about Thanksgiving traditions and memories from their childhoods, and get their stories on an audio recording. Transcribe the stories when you get home and add them to your family history for a richer story everyone will enjoy reading. – Read More
Will Moneymaker founded Ancestral Findings back in 1995. He has been involved in genealogy research for over 20 years. The thrill of the hunt, the adventure, and the excitement begin when he started investigating the meaning of his surname. Why I Love Genealogy (And You Should, Too!)