Ancestral Notes

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Hallowe’en Family History Projects For Kids

Autumn is the best season to get your kids and grand kids interested in their family history. There are opportunities available this time of year that might not interest them at another time . Now is the time to take the kids to visit their ancestors. They can go during the daytime if they scare easily.

I have been trying to come up with a Hallowe’en project for my grand kids to help me with, I decided that, keeping in the Hallowe’en spirit, we’d try our hands at gravestone rubbings. They can look around for family gravestones and when they find them, they can do rubbings of the stones. They will get to know their ancestors’ names and when they lived and died and hopefuly will be curious about how they lived and died. Before I know it, I’ll have budding genealogists!

First, I’ll have to get all of our supplies together; paper, charcoal, chalk, gloves, maybe some cocoa and snacks. While there, they can even tidy-up around the stones, so I’ll bring some gloves, garbage bag and small shovel.

I have the book “Early Ontario Gravestones” by Carole Hanks which I will use for referencing stones and different symbols and their meanings and the epitaphs.They can make up their own epitaphs, describing themselves in them or they can make one up for other family members.

And, of course, I’ll have my camera ready to catch any paranormal activity!

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Training For The Geneabloggers Winter Olympics- Feb.12, 2010

Now that the cold weather is setting in for the season, I have begun training for the Winter Olympics 2010. As I understand, the Canadian geneabloggers are the “Hosts” of the Olympics. I’ve been over at Destination: Austin Family getting familiar with the feel of the competition. Well, that was the Summer Olympics 2008 and like the different seasons, I feel we need to add some different events, maybe a “Festival of Postcards” or “Smile for the Camera” about “Winter Sports” or something like that with the Opening Ceremonies.

The torch will be lit and start it’s journey on October 22, 2009. You can keep track of where it is on the website.

Filed under: Geneablogger's 2010 Winter Olympics, Special Events, ,

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