Around the Thanksgiving Table

If you are attending a family gathering this Thanksgiving, why not include some genealogy in the conversation around the dinner table or while enjoying some pumpkin pie. Perhaps you can ask older relatives to reminisce about what Thanksgiving was like for them while growing up. Record these moments with an audio or video recorder. Get your family to share favorite holiday memories, or perhaps spend a few minutes paying tribute to a favorite ancestor or loved one who is not longer present at your table.

Finally, why not take some time to discuss family health history? Complete a My Family Health Portrait which is part of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Family History Initiative.

Thanksgiving Day is more than just the Macy’s parade and football. So try to incorporate some meaningful activities into the time spent with your family members this year.