"Must-Do" Genealogy Projects

6 “Must-Do” Genealogy Projects for October

Are you looking for some excellent genealogy projects to keep you busy and building your family tree in October? Here are six of them you definitely must do.

1. Do Some Cemetery Research in the Field

In some parts of the country, it is too hot to go outside and do cemetery research until around this time of year. If the weather is just starting to cool off for you, take some time to do that field research you’ve been meaning to get to.

2. Go to a New Archive or Genealogy Library

If you live in an area of the country where it is too cold to go out into the field in October, go to a new archives building or genealogy library instead. Make sure it’s one you’ve been meaning to go to, and enjoy some warm, toasty research inside.

3. Write Another Chapter on Your Family History

When you’re working on a family history book, it can sometimes be difficult to find time to write in our busy lives. Try taking a month to write a chapter. Use this month to add one more chapter to the book.

4. Try Some Traditional Fall Family Recipes

Our ancestors ate seasonal foods, since shipping long distances wasn’t widely available. Find some recipes using seasonal foods from your ancestors’ time periods, and include one or two with your meals several times a week this month.

5. Make Fall Photo Collages

Gather pictures of your current family and/or ancestors in fall settings and make collages out of them. Frame the collages and put them on your walls for festive, seasonal genealogical decorations.

6. Visit Genealogically Significant Museums

With the weather getting cooler, now is the perfect time to get indoors and visit local museums with collections that are significant to your family history. Bring the kids to teach them more about the family history in a way they will enjoy.

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!)

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