If you are in the United States, Thanksgiving is a holiday that you most likely will be spending with family. The holiday lends itself to a nice family feeling, so it can be an important time to get some research done.
Prepare a small questionnaire and have your guests fill it out. For those that seem too busy, offer to fill it out for them.
Here is the email that I have already sent out to my family near and far. Those who will be with us, and those who are too far away:
Happy Thanksgiving to My Family!
I am working on a small project for our family and I need the help of each and every one of you. Please read this letter, fill it out and email it back to me. I will compile everyone's and get a copy to each and every one of you.
If you have a family tree completed, either send me the link or send me the info so that I can include it in the family database.
Please include place and date of birth and death if you know it.
I would love to have a copy of all of the family members that you have in your tree. Include little ones and those who have passed away, too.
Houses, Cars and Food! Thanksgiving is all about going to someone's house and eating food! I would love photos of home exteriors and interiors from time gone by. Cars that our family drove. Houses. Let me know who and when. Who's house this is, if there is anyone in the frame, who are they, and about when it was taken. Details are always awesome. Food photos! Send those photos of the table weighed down, groaning with food. The photos of people sitting in the living room with plates of food. All of it. Mama in her mini-skirt, balancing food. Send the photos via email. If you don't have access to a scanner or similar, take a photo with your camera of the photo and email it to me.
Recipes are also great. If you want to share some of the family cooking goldmine, then please, share all of the details with the recipe and it will be shared with the family.
I look forward to hearing back from all of you!
That email is constructed to be happy and family oriented. If you want, you can copy and paste it straight into an email for your family.
Share with me the details of success that you have. Happy Hunting!
I write a lot about genetic genealogy, family trees, DNA, and home life as well as the occasional product review. Comments? Email me at CocktailsAndSwagger@Hotmail.com