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Family History Activities for the Summertime

Now that summer is in full swing, you can take advantage of these long days to do more with your genealogy research. There are plenty of outdoor and indoor activities to get your family more involved and interested in your family history.

Here are some activities to keep you and your family occupied this summer:

Take a genealogy trip

Genealogy Activities for the Summertime

Image: Missouri State Archives

Ready for a summer vacation out of town? Take a genealogy-themed trip to visit the towns or country your ancestors came from. Visit places you’ve heard about in your family history stories. Perhaps you can visit your family’s old homestead or stop by the church where your second great grandparents were married. A genealogy trip is a great way for you to catch a glimpse of your family’s past.

Plan a family reunion

Genealogy Activities for the Summertime

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Summer is the perfect time for a family reunion. Children are off from school, so it’s the best time to arrange one so the entire family can be involved. Reunions are a great way to catch up with relatives and get to know the more distant ones. There are some amazing family reunion activities centered on teaching the entire brood more about your family’s heritage.

Interview family members

Genealogy Activities for the Summertime

Image: Library of Congress

Now that children are on summer vacation, encourage them to spend their time learning more about their family history. Encourage younger generations to interview family members and record their stories. Short trips to visit family nearby is a great way for children to spend their summer.

Get crafty

Follow’s board Crafty Genealogy on Pinterest.
Combine your love of arts and crafts with your love of genealogy to create some unique and clever ways to showcase your family tree and family history. A mural on the wall of your home or a shadowbox illustrating the life of an ancestor are fun summer projects to decorate your home. For inspiration, you can check out our Crafty Genealogy board on Pinterest!

What summertime activities does your family enjoy?


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