Summertime is the perfect time to bring family history alive for your children. Check out my first post on “Bringing Your Ancestors to Life” HERE. I want to walk you through my process to give you some ideas and to help you get started.
Look up a particular ancestor on Family Search or in a family history book, journal, etc. If you don’t have any stories of deceased ancestors, then ask your living parents (or grandparents) about their own lives.
As you read about their life, just jot down little bits about them. Did they have any particular hobbies? What was their profession? Did they like a particular food? Were they from another country? Did they have a certain skill set or talent?
Take those pieces of information and brainstorm some ideas for how you could tangibly re-create those experiences for yourself and your children.
I’ll give you an example from how I put this process into action a few months ago. I read in a family history book that my great-great grandmother, Bothilda Pehrsdotter, became expert in carding wool, spinning yarn, and knitting (among other things) when she was a young girl.
When I read this bit of information about her, I decided that it would be fun to learn those skills. I bought some wool (straight off the sheep), some wool carders, and a drop spindle. Over the next 6 weeks or so, we carded the wool, spun it into yarn, and then knitted (with the help of a loom) a hat for each of us.
Before starting this process, we had no idea what we were doing… but with the help of youtube videos, we figured it out. 🙂
Not only did we come away from this project with some new skills, but also with a deeper connection to Bothilda.
Is there something from one of your ancestor’s lives that you could use to create a tangible experience for your children? It doesn’t have to take multiple weeks like this example I shared. Any little thing that brings your ancestors to life for your children is a win and helps to link generations together.