Friday, February 21, 2014

Celebrate & research your #history

Among the other celebrations and acknowledgements that happen during the month of February, I must mention this month is also Black History Month. It’s great to acknowledge the true greats in our history, but we should not forget the greats who are members of our own families.

February is the ideal time to begin looking up your family history, starting or completing a family tree and finding the “greats” in your familial history. Researching family history can be a huge undertaking, but the trick is to just get started.

Begin with your immediate family and work your way back. While you’re searching for information ask questions of those still living and fill in the blanks. Not just with names, but with stories and details about your family. You’ll be surprised what you learn and you may even figure out some things about yourself along the way.

Here’s what you should do while you’re talking to your family:

  1. Choose a research tool like Ancestry.com
  2. Take some classes. Attend seminars.
  3. Keep accurate and organized records and notes.
  4. Digitize photos and keep originals safe.
  5. Don’t give up.

I started researching my family tree quite a few years ago. When I hit a snag my active research dwindles away. Right now there is one family member who has more information than anyone else that I’d like to ask questions of. My beautiful 95-year-old grandmother. That brings me to the sixth thing on your family history to-do lists:

    6.   Don’t waste time.

What else is happening this month? There’s National Children’s Dental Health Month and, of course, all things love related (self love, friendship love). Here’s a Black History post I wrote a few years ago. It’s amazing how much my children have grown since then. Click to read my posts about these subjects.

If you’re interested… Here is a link to purchase books related to Black History from Amazon. I am an Amazon affiliate, which means if you click my link I will receive a small amount of monetary compensation.

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