12Mar/15

What Every Grandparent Needs to Know….

What every grandparent needs to know….about passing on their family tree.

You’re going to discover 5 easy ways to engage and inspire your grandchildren to be more interested in family stories that will hopefully lead to them being more open to the idea of eventually becoming a genealogist, or at least looking after what you have spent so much time lovingly crafting – your heritage.

How do you think you’d feel if you saw your descendents eventually throwing all of your hard-fought family tree research on the skip? Think it won’t happen? Go to any carboot sale or charity shop and you’ll see books with inscriptions in them dated back to the 1800’s. Go to any antique fair and you’ll find war medals with inscriptions on sale. One dealer I spoke to said he buys them up just so they won’t be melted down!

How sad is that?

But the truth of the matter is we don’t have space to keep these things right now.

But we need to hold space for those things because they are so important to us, they connect us to where we came from and maybe even where we’re going. The only way to guarantee that won’t happen is to engage and inspire your descendents with the stories and the emotions behind the memorabilia and then the paperwork sort of becomes a necessity, a bit like a provenance.

Are our children really interested in family? I firmly believe they are, nowadays children are far more connected via social media to their friends and family than ever before. And in this increasingly disconnected world we live in, there has never been a better time to nurture those family connections than right now.

But how to do it? Or even, more to the point, can I do it?

Yes, yes, and yes again, you absolutely can.

Whether you live around the corner or in different continents, you can absolutely keep in touch with your grandchildren and pass on family stories to them and it should be a priority to do so, which I’m sure it is.

Assuming you have a great relationship with mom and dad, you can work together to plan how you manage this whether local or long-distance. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty of the five how to’s.

  1. Skype each other. It’s free and you can even record the conversations. Set aside a time each week, or more frequently if desired, to talk to your grandchildren. You can even make it a celebration sometimes, perhaps you can celebrate a birthday online. Skype is such a fantastic tool for bringing people together. I couldn’t live without it, knowing that at any time I can speak to my son at university is absolutely brilliant.
  2. Set up a memory box. You can either do this online or physically. Get them to send photographs and scans of the pictures they draw so you can keep them, or maybe even scrapbook them and send that through the post or hand it to them when you or they visit. What a fabulous birthday present to get presented with a scrapbook of the previous 12 months of your life?
  3. Get involved. Are they currently involved in a history project at school? Can you contribute anything to that? Perhaps you could hook them up with an older relative for them to interview them about their experiences? Do they have themed book days at school, like Victorian Days. You could maybe find some pictures of your ancestors to give them some ideas about what kind of dress to wear for the day.
  4. Interview them. Yes, interview THEM. Make them feel important, they love to feel that their voice is being heard, get them to a do a scrapbook or journal of their life.
  5. Create a family cookbook. This is something that can be achieved physically or online. Gather recipes together and make sure you tell them that this one is Auntie May’s Magical Mince Pies or Grandma’s Gorgeous Granola (give recipes interesting names). Again you could print this out and send it off in the post, but both of you can print it out at home.

 So it’s not soo difficult to keep your grandchildren interested and engaged in family matters. Make it fun and be enthusiastic and they’ll come back for more.

Don’t make the mistake of ramming family tree connections down their throats, they won’t thank you for it and it will turn them off. Just gently ease them along getting them more and more interested in what’s happening in their own lives and it will create a sense of belonging and closeness that money just can’t buy.

What price for not having your stuff thrown on the tip or end up at the charity shop or carboot sale?

Only you know the answer to that.

 

 

 

04Mar/15
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Is Your Family Tree really a Magic Porridge Pot?

Are you drowning under a sea of birth certificates, bits of research, photographs, memorabilia, war records, the list goes on and on. If you’ve been a genealogist for any length of time, you have probably amassed a huge amount of data and paperwork. Would you like to turn that around and be the proud owner of a shiny new organised system? Here are four easy ways to start that process tonight but first; how do I know anything about organising your family tree?

Well, I’ve been researching my family tree for over 40 years and together with a husband who also researches his tree, our genealogy records have grown and grown and grown, a bit like the Magic Porridge Pot. Both of us have researched both sides of our families and so we have a potential 32 slots to fill with stuff, and boy are we making a good fist of it. The stuff that is. We were completely and utterly overwhelmed by it all. We organised it into boxes, of a kind, but even that didn’t go the full way to having anything like I would personally call an organised system. And having been a Personal Assistant and spent my days organising others, that really irked me. The PA in me couldn’t do it for myself!

I knew I had to do something. Hubby was way too busy to organise his paperwork, which left me to organise both families. So I decided to use the principle of just finding a few easy ways to begin the process. I began by going back to basics. Did I have everything in the same place? And if I didn’t, why not? Was everything segregated, digitised and recorded? The answer was a resounding no to all of those questions. Not everything was in the same place. With good reason, I hasten to add though. I kept all my books downstairs because there were only a few of them and to be fair, they were listed on an app I use on my phone so I did know where they were. The rest of the paperwork was upstairs in the office. And yes, I know, it’s a converted loft and I shouldn’t be storing things in a place where the temperature fluctuates, but to be fair, most rooms in our 1930’s semi fluctuate in terms of temperature. And some things were segregated, digitised and recorded but not all. So, to say I was fragmented was an understatement.

So here’s what I did about it and how you can easily do this too.

Make sure you bring everything together in one place, even if it is for different families or different branches of different families. To the best of your ability, just put it all in the same place physically and if you can’t – like I couldn’t with my books, keep a note of where things are. Use an inventory app such as InventoryDroid for Android – excellent and best one I’ve found.

Segregate everything into families with the exception of photographs, but organise papers and memorabilia into family piles.

Photograph, digitise and record every piece of memorabilia, each heirloom, all your priceless photographs and keep those records in your paper filing system.

  1. Bring everything together in one place
  2. Organise and segregate information into families, except photographs
  3. Photograph everything you own and make digital copies of papers and photographs
  4. Record where all your information is stored and who it belongs to

Finally, you can begin to really get your mind clear on what you have and know where everything is instead of stumbling around in the dark just adding more and more research to an ever-burgeoning pile. Wouldn’t that feel good? And if you want to take your organisation to the next level, be sure to check out our courses here at PerpatuaTree, where we teach you how to organise, preserve and protect your family documents and how to pass them on to your family.

Will you be able to finally tame your porridge pot, finally get to the bottom of it, scrape it clean and wash it up? Start today and make a pact with yourself to dedicate just 60 minutes of your day, each day for a month, to organising your family tree. Let me know how you are getting on and if you have any comments on questions on this post, be sure to post them below.

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Memories…

Don’t lose your precious photographs, digitise and organise them; keep your memories alive.

Are you a jumbled genealogist?

Need more structure in your paperwork?

Never have time to do more than record what you’ve found?

Let us help you overcome the jumble of paperwork and memoribilia that you have.

Let us help you create a system whereby everything is at your fingertips and you, and more importantly, other members of your family, will know EXACTLY what everything is, the significance of it, who it belonged to and who they were.

Sound good?  If so, head over to our Creating Your Legacy Training Course at KajabiNext and watch the first module for FREE.

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