Discover Your Family Through Fun Family Activities

Put yourself in your ancestor's place. Where did they live? What was their life like? What did they eat? Are there any stories about them? When we learn more about them, we connect with them. Click on the different cards below to explore different aspects of their life.

Explore Ancestral Homelands
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Explore Ancestral Homelands

Use Google Earth to travel to places where your ancestors lived, right from your very own computer!

I "drove" around Dunseverick, Northern Ireland by using Google Earth and got a better understanding about the the general landscape, housing, farm lands, and even a view of the Giant's Causeway. I saw Dunseverick Castle, which existed in the time of my 3rd Great Grandfather when he lived there. Dunseverick castle is pretty much a pile of rocks now, but I can imagine it to be a place that he and his family visited almost 200 years ago in the early 1800s.

Go visit places that your ancestors lived in. Get a sense of what the terrain, city, and other landmarks may have been like when they lived there. Can you find the street they lived on, and perhaps the same house they lived in? Explore the neighborhood where they lived.

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Explore the Importance of Family Traditions
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Explore the Importance of Family Traditions

What are your family traditions?

This is a true story of a young boy named Jared McCloud who wants to learn how to play the bagpipes. His persistence and the annoyance for the family and the neighborhood, gradually gives way to the family learning more about their Scottish heritage. It is so important not to forget that heritage that we come from, and you don't even have to learn to play bagpipes to do so.

There are other cute videos about family history that can be found HERE.

Discover Food Traditions of Your Grandparents
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Discover Food Traditions of Your Grandparents

Keep your family food traditions going. Create some food traditions for your own family.

Each of our families have traditions regarding foods, such as grandma's scrumptious roast, favorite desserts, breads, etc. These recipes are passed down through generations. Foods bring memories of smells, tastes, favorite times such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.

Some 30 years ago, my wife took some cooking classes while we lived in Washington State and learned how to cook really good Chinese food. Every year since then when the family all comes together, the kitchen becomes a crowded place with some rolling spring rolls, others making fried rice, orange chicken, and other dishes. This has become a tradition for our family.

My grandmother cooked the BEST pot roast, potatoes, and pies. Another scrumptious meal was her filet mignon cooked in this little counter top broiler. I don't think anyone has been able to duplicate her meals, but I will always remember my grandmother for the types of foods that she cooked.

Exploring and cooking favorite foods from an ancestor's homeland is another way to discover and perpetuate traditions down to our posterity.

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As a family, come up with some "traditional meals" that your ancestors would cook!
Explore the Family Tree App
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Explore the Family Tree App

The FamilyTree app is a great place to discover more about your family!

Family Tree Mobile App

The mobile app allows you to review your pedigree, family relationships, photos & stories, review and attach sources to your family members, and much more.

App Features

From your phone or tablet device:

  • Add a story to an ancestor
  • Add a document to an ancestor
  • Record an audio recording of a parent or grandparent
  • Review an animated map showing where your family's ancestors came from
  • Use the "Relatives Around Me" to see a list of living relatives that also have their mobile Family Tree app active and on the same WiFi network. That's pretty cool when you think of it. It's amazing how many "cousins" we have around us and likely never realize it.

Stories, photos, recordings, and histories of your ancestors are just waiting to be discovered!

Give the app a try! To go to the download webpage:

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Have a FamilySearch Discovery Experience
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Have a FamilySearch Discovery Experience

Discover More About Your Family!

FamilySearch has created "modules" that allow you to explore your ancestors in different ways. For example, would you like to know more about your Pioneer Ancestors, or know about their occupations? Another feature is called "Compare a Face" which uses the photos that have been uploaded to Family Tree to see who you most look like. Did any of your ancestors have similar interests to you?

To access this webpage, click HERE. You will then need to log into FamilySearch to see all the available features.

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Pull Out Your Old Family Movies!
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Pull Out Your Old Family Movies!

Have a Fun Family Movie Night!

How about having a "movie night" with your family? I remember the days when my family pulled out the old movie projector or slide projector and screen, and showed movies or slides of my parents and us as kids growing up. Why not relive the camping trips, watching the new house be built, the birthday parties, etc with your own movie collection? Oops…did you record your movies on VHS tapes? Is your recorder still working? Purchasing a new one will cost a premium price since they are no longer manufactured.

Okay…bring your VHS tapes to our library and we will help you convert them into a digital format that can be easily copied and shared with others. We will show you how this is done. Even transferring your VHS tapes commercially to a DVD playable format is no longer a good option. DVD's are a media type that will likely not be available in a few years. If you do have DVDs, we can help you rip the video file off the DVD and save as a digital file.

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