Thursday, May 16, 2013

9 Fun Ways to Participate in Family History

1. Interview family members and share stories online
Preserving living memory and connecting with family members are important aspects of family history. Using a digital recorder, smartphone app, or camera allows you not only to preserve stories but also to share them online.

2. Take and share photos
Taking photos of living relatives, heirlooms, and so forth, can provide powerful experiences for future generations.

3. Print and share a chart
A fun way to share what you are learning about your family is through an easy-to-understand fan chart. Make your chart online and share it with family, or help someone else create their own chart.

4. Record what you learn on,, Genealogy Forums...etc.
As you begin learning more about your ancestors, add their information to the Family Tree on and share it with family members. 

5. Index records for online searching

Indexing helps others who are searching for their family by making the world's records searchable online. Millions of records are indexed worldwide each year. Learn about participating in indexing.

6. Start a personal or family blog
Keeping a personal or family blog can be a fun way to record important life experiences for future posterity and also share them with living family and friends. Many online blogging services are free and easy to use. 

7. Make use of social media

Take advantage of the sharing tools on, to share photos, images of important documents, or other updates with your family through social media.

8. Create a digital scrapbook
Creating a digital scrapbook can be easier than making traditional scrapbooks. It can take less time, requires no materials, allows you to undo mistakes, and makes sharing easy.

9. Scan your family history books
Many families have printed volumes of family history. Preserve that history and make it available to others by scanning those books and sharing them as PDFs or uploading them to, (, blog, facebook.... etc.)

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