Today is the start of Family History Month. It started back in 2001 when Congress first passed a resolution, introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. During October special events are held across the country to celebrate heritage and encourage people to research their roots. Hatch wrote: “By searching for our roots, we come closer together as a human family.”
I’ve decided to outline five ways I plan to celebrate Family History Month.
1. Sort out information I discovered and follow up on family stories I recorded during my trip to Slovakia this summer.
2. Spend some time catching up with living relatives (via phone calls, visits, Skype).
3. Re-organize my family history files and binders.
4. Explore my great-grandfather’s stays in America (he was supposedly a so-called “bird of
passage” who came to America at least twice to earn money and return back home to
Slovakia). Search immigration, census, and other records for documentation.
5. Work on a multimedia tribute (presentation) honoring my immigrant grandparents.
I hope to document my progress each week with some posts on this Blog.
I’d love to hear from other Bloggers: What will you be doing to celebrate Family History Month?
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