Genealogy Prompt 4: Document Your Family Traditions

Genealogy prompt 4 - Document family Traditions - Create a record of important family traditions you want to pass down to future generations -

Genealogy is about more than researching your family’s past. It’s also about documenting the present for future generations.¬†For this week’s genealogy prompt, take some time to write down or otherwise document your family traditions for your children, grandchildren, or other family.

Why Document Family Traditions?

When you keep records of your family’s traditions, you give later generations insight into what life was like during some of the most important events and holidays you celebrated.

It adds a unique, personal touch to their later research while giving you an opportunity to reminisce and find ways to connect with your own ancestors by tweaking old traditions to make them your own.


3 Ways to Document Your Family Traditions

There are several ways you can document your traditions. For example, you might:

  • Write about your traditions (and how they changed during your lifetime) in a family history journal.
  • Collect photos or items related to a family tradition and put them in a scrapbook or memory box.
  • Create videos of family events so future generations can see what happened in real-time.

Even better, why not document these traditions in more than one, making them easily accessible to others in your family?

What Kinds of Records to Document?

When you’re ready to record your family’s traditions, here are some of the types of events you might include:

  • Birthdays
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Events celebrating new births in the family
  • Family vacation traditions
  • Any regular family rituals you engage in

When documenting these traditions, keep records of things like:

  • Decorations
  • Schedules
  • Recipes
  • Songs
  • Stories and superstitions
  • Crafts (keep some, or take photos of them)
  • Family heirlooms related to these events
  • Films you watch together
  • Games you play
  • Other events you do as a family

The idea is simply to document all the little things that make your traditions memorable and special to you. So if you’re looking for something new to do as part of your family history journey, consider documenting your family’s traditions to preserve them for yourself and others.

Jenn is a professional writer and publisher, and the founder of Climb Your Family Tree.

She first became interested in genealogy as a teenager. Since that early start, she's spent 28 years putting her personal passion and professional research skills to use in exploring her own family history while assisting others in their genealogical journeys.

In addition to running Climb Your Family Tree, Jenn is a long-time PR, social media, and online marketing specialist and she's been a digital publisher / web developer for over 20 years. She owns a variety of web properties including All Freelance Writing, Freelance Writing Pros, Kiss My Biz, and NakedPR.

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