Now that we are into the month of October and we all notice the trees turning color around us, it’s good to remember that this month also focuses on another kind of tree, our family tree. October is Family History Month.
In 2001, Senator Orrin Hatch introduced a bill making October, Family History Month. Imagine that, an entire month dedicated to doing something to find and preserve the memories of our ancestors. Senator Hatch wrote, “By searching for our roots, we come closer together as a human family.” Family history enthusiasts continue to celebrate Family History Month every October.
As part of your Family History month activities, you should visit FamilySearch.org. FamilySearch is the biggest free genealogical database in the world. With access to more than 3.2 billion names in their database, you are sure to find something about your own family.
In addition to doing research, you can also add your own family photographs and stories. These photos and stories can be shared with others and will be preserved for future generations to enjoy. You may even find family photographs of your own ancestors that you never knew existed.
As part of October’s Family History Month, Family Tree Magazine recently published an article titled Trace Your Family Tree on Your Lunch Hour. It suggests 14 activities you can do during your lunch break to discover something new about your family. It’s a great read and includes some great activities.
So, during the month of October take some time do something that your posterity, both living and those not yet born, will appreciate. Discover your family!