There is nothing like travel to engage your family with their family history. It can be near or far. A couple of weeks ago I got to take my daughter to the Southern California Genealogy Society Conference. We had a great time on the trip, but we also got to do a little family history. My mother grew up in Southern California and my Grandparents and Great Grandmother spent most of their lives there. So we decided to stop by some of the old places.
We stopped by the beach.
Mom and her sister on the left in the late 40s, Dad and I in the center in the 70s, My daughter on the right
We rode the carousel at the Santa Monica Pier.
Mom and her sister on the left in the 50s, My daughter and I on the right
We stopped by the temple where Mom and Dad were married.
Mom and Dad June 2, 1967, My daughter on the right
And we stopped by the house where my Mom grew up.Mom and her sister on the left in the 50s, Grandpa and I in the center in the 70s, My daughter on the rightI was glad to see my Grandparent's house was being well taken care of now. It didn't look so good when it was for sale last year when we stopped by with my son.
Next time we go to California, I'm going to see if I can recreate some of the old photos. We did this for my parents for Mother's Day and Father's Day. I've never laughed so hard in my life. My sister put them together into a video for each of them. It was a fun project that might work in your family too. Watch out though.. I've never felt so old in my life either. Time flies when you are having fun.