Whether you have a small family tree or a large one, you have at least a few dates to add to a genealogy calendar.
Birth dates, death dates, anniversaries of weddings, those are a few common ones. I also am thinking of anytime that a family member was in the newspaper, good or bad, and any time that anything happened in the family, such as a move, an acquisition or similar. There are tons of dates in those family trees, why not add them to a calendar solely used for family tree research to see if you get some good conversations going within your family?
We have discovered that certain days of the month are popular for births, deaths, weddings and so on. When noting these days, use a computer program to see what day of the month it fell on as well as the date.
Keeping track of dates can also remind you to look up a relative that you have not done research on in a while.
I put reminders up on my Facebook to my family members, reminding them of the special days and dates in our family, asking for shares of family photos. It is a lot of fun and keeps your family engaged in your family tree research.
What is your favorite use of dates?
This month, I will be asking for any Halloween dates in the family to see what fun information that turns up!
Share your suggestions below.
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