Everyone’s family history is interesting and unique. It is surprising how many of us go through life not knowing much about our ancestors, where they came from, and the unique traditions and customs they had. If you are a caregiver for an veteran loved one, you may find that your loved one is a wonderful person to talk to when it comes to discovering your own family history. On June 14th, Family History Day, why not take some time with your elderly loved one and learn more about your family history. Your veteran loved one may enjoy telling stories, showing photographs, and talking about the things they did as a child. To commemorate Family History Day, why not try one of these fun ideas?
* Look at Old Photos
Does your veteran loved one have a box of photos or photo albums? Many times these old photos get placed in a box and forgotten about, but on Family History Day it is fun to bring them out and relieve some old times. Look at the photos together, ask questions, and let your elderly loved one share their memories with you.
* Make a Family Tree
Get a large piece of paper or poster board and start mapping out your family’s family tree. With the help of your veteran loved one, see how many generations you can go back. If you want to make the family tree into a keepsake, add photos, decorations, and memorabilia. When it is done, you can frame it and hang it somewhere in your loved one’s home.
* Have a Scrapbooking Day
If your elderly loved one enjoys scrapbooking, Family History Day is a perfect day to spend working on a family scrapbook. Design creative pages together and add photos, stories, postcards, ticket stubs, and more to contribute to a unique scrapbook that you can share with younger family members who would love to learn more about their family history.
* Relive a Family Memory
Does your veteran loved one have a favorite hobby that they have not done in years, or a favorite place to visit? Relive a family memory by doing a favorite activity together such as getting ice cream at a favorite ice cream shop, visiting the beach your loved one went to as a child, or eating dinner at your family’s favorite restaurant. Of, if they have a game or activity that they enjoyed as a child such as croquet, checkers, or fishing, have some fun and do the activity together!