Why not invite an ancestor to your family’s Thanksgiving dinner this year? Set a special place either at your table or on a comfy sitting chair. Make a place card with their name. Gather any photos you may have around the house and place them on the chair. (You may want to use photocopies.) Let’s face it spills happen on Thanksgiving.
Start a family history conversation. Think of some discussion prompts before your other guests arrive. Don’t worry if you don’t have a bunch of specific facts. Start with questions like, “What do you think everyday life was like for Great-Great Grandpa Joe?” or “Do you think Great-Great Grandpa played video games?”
You can visit websites like: familysearch.org or rootsweb.com to research more facts about your ancestor’s life for free. You never know.. your ancestor may be the life of the party. Thanksgiving family history research is a great way to rekindle an interest in genealogy or grow a brand new interest.
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