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# Monday, November 24, 2008
Don't Do Thanksgiving Without These Essentials
Posted by Maureen

Before you think I'm going to divulge my secret pie recipe <smile>, I should clarify that the treats in the title are genealogy-related, not culinary. 

When you think about what you're bringing to the Thanksgiving food fest, do you include your family history materials?  I know that at my table, there will be a turkey with all the trimmings, but that along with feast there will be a dose of genealogy talk. 

Here are some ways to introduce photo identification and family history into the conversation.
  • Bring photocopies of your unidentified pictures. Leave the originals at home so the copies suffer any gravy stains. Make an extra set of copies—one for notes and the other for showing off.
  • Put them in an album or just pass them around and see if anyone recognizes the scene or the people.
  • I recently bought a small digital voice recorder. It was an inexpensive purchase.  If you have one, tape the conversation so you don't have to take detailed notes while everyone is talking. 
  • If you're going to take pictures on Turkey Day, make sure your camera is in working order beforehand. Have you recharged the batteries? If you still use film, remember to bring along an extra roll. 
  • Invite your family to participate in a social networking site, such as FaceBook, and create your own group for the gang. My husband's family has done it.  It's a great way to share pictures and keep track of everyone until the next gathering. 
If you sign up, I'd be happy to add you to my list of Facebook Friends. There's an enormous number of genealogists of all ages on FaceBook. Try it and see! 
As for that secret pie recipe... I'll share it with family. My husband's grandmother took her chutney recipe to the grave and we really miss it. If you've inherited a family recipe, ask around the table and see if anyone wants to create a cookbook. It's not that difficult and with self-publishing sites like Lulu, it doesn't cost much, either.

Happy Thanksgiving! If you've got a picture of your ancestors gathered around the Thanksgiving table, send it to me.  I'll post it in this blog.

Thank you for all the hairstyle pictures! Now I have to figure out how to incorporate them all into this space—it's a good problem to have. 


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