Family History Month

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October is National Family History Month!  Celebrate by learning more about your family.  Here are some things that you can do:

  1. Fill out a family tree chart. This will help you see what you do and do not know about your ancestors.  There are many different family tree charts to choose from online.  Look them over and decide which format you like the best.

  1. Go on a treasure hunt. Look through your drawers, closets, basement, attic, etc. for information about your family.  What are you looking for?

  • Birth, death, and marriage certificates
  • Newspaper clippings such as obituaries and birth and anniversary announcements
  • Naturalization and citizenship papers
  • Religious records
  • Family Bibles
  • Letters
  • Diaries
  • Photo albums
  • Any other books or documents that pertain to your family

  1. Interview your older relatives. Ask if they would be willing to answer questions about their parents, grandparents, and other family members that have passed away.  Go prepared with a list of questions so there will not be awkward moments of silence.  If your relatives are agreeable, take a video or audio recording of the interviews.

  1. Purchase a DNA kit. AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA, and 23andMe all do autosomal DNA testing.  If you have already tested, purchase a kit and ask a relative to do a DNA test.  Start with your oldest relative first.

  1. Find out what genealogy resources are available through the library. The Frankfort Community Public Library offers onsite and online resources as well as classes and one-on-one sessions with the genealogy coordinator. 

Celebrate your family this month!

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