by Eowyn the Forest Elf

It’s Family History Month!

October (in the United States) is a time to not only remember where we’ve come from but also to celebrate our individual histories, lineages and identities. Back in 2001, Congress passed a resolution that was originally introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch.  He wrote, “By searching for our roots, we come closer together as a human family.”  Since then, every October, genealogists, researchers and family history enthusiasts have celebrated Family History Month!

Celebrate on WikiTree

Here’s some ideas of ways to celebrate Family History Month on WikiTree:

  • Update and add to some of your profiles that haven’t been touched in awhile. From your Watchlist click the fourth header ‘Last Edit’ to sort the list so that the first profile listed is the one that’s gone the longest time without being edited. Check it out! Maybe there’s something you can add or improve!
  • Post in the G2G forum for help on breaking through one of your brick walls.

Celebrate with the Younger Generation

Get your younger kids and teenagers involved in celebrating your family history!  Here’s some ideas:

  • Visit your local cemetery or a cemetery where your relatives and ancestors are buried.  Do some tombstone rubbings!
  • Throw an ancestor a birthday party.  You could wrap up a few mementos of the person, have your children unwrap them and then you can share the stories behind them.  Or celebrate the same way your ancestor might have celebrated.
  • Prepare an ancestor’s favorite family recipe.

More Celebration Ideas

The ways you could celebrate are endless but here are a few more suggestions to get you going:

  • Begin writing down some of your own life story.
  • Call a relative you haven’t heard from in awhile and rebuild that connection.
  • Create a family cookbook. Include recipes of ancestors and living family members.  Encourage people to share stories related to food and family.
  • Scan and preserve your family pictures.
  • Take a trip to visit an area your ancestor(s) lived.





Greetings WikiTreers!
Family History Month
It’s October! Hopefully you are eagerly dragging out your Halloween decorations, dusting off your favorite costume and stocking up on everyone’s favorite candy. However, amidst the hauntings and those pesky trick-or-treaters (okay, some of them are cute), we hope you take a little time to celebrate that it is Family History Month!

We here at WikiTree have come up with 10 ways to help get you inspired! In no particular order (well, other than numerical), here they are:

1. Start organizing your pictures.  Here’s a great blog post by The Armchair Genealogist with 8 steps to get you going.  (Upload your favorites to WikiTree and maybe one will be voted Family History Photo of the Week!)

2. Do you have a historically significant ancestor? Get inspired by one of our projects that were started to protect and preserve those relatives. Or maybe you just have a special interest in one of these areas? Or maybe you have an idea for a brand new project!

3. Figure out the oldest person in your tree and spruce up their page. (Extreme Profile Makeover!)

4. Missing someone dear to you? Turn their profile into a beautiful memorial.

5. Go to your Watchlist (in the My WikiTree menu in the upper right hand corner of the page) and sort by Last Edit so you can see which of your profiles has been untouched the longest.  Add something to it!

6. Got a funny story about a family member or ancestor? Enter it in the Memories box on their profile. (Click the Memories link for how-tos and suggestions.)

7. Want to gather as many descendants as possible for one of your ancestors?  Create an interest group! (Example: Michel Richard Interest Group.)

8. Focus on getting one profile a day looking as cleaned up and colorful as possible. (See Bio Ideas.)

9. Errors in data can hinder research. Pick a handful of profiles and notate the sources as accurately as you can.

10. Do you have some of your grandmother’s favorite recipes? Create a free-space page and share them there for your family members to enjoy! (Example: Old Recipes.)

We hope these ideas have given you a jump start to celebrate your family history. We certainly will be thrilled to celebrate with you!  Have you got another suggestion how to honor this month?  Share it here on our G2G Forum!

The WikiTree Team

P.S. Bonus tip! Did you know that you can embed your family history in a blog post or any other type of web page?  There are over a dozen different styles to choose from.


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