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Family Photos Are the Real Holiday Crowd Pleaser

This is first in a series of guest blogs from professional genealogists Matthew and April Helm.

If you’re tired of the same old Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas gathering routine  – a large meal followed by cleanup then football –  perhaps introducing family history into your celebration is a perfect answer to spice up things a bit.

Breaking out those old photo albums and boxes is a surefire way to get everyone  interested in talking about the family and here’s how to get started:

No matter which activity you choose, be sure to have a pad of paper, iPad or some other way to take notes about the stories that are being told. You’ll learn a lot through these conversations and might not be able to remember them all by the end of the day. Use these notes to create captions on the newly scanned photos or even some of the photos you had but didn’t know what they were!

Tell us your family traditions when sharing old photographs in the comment section below.

Matthew and April Helm are the authors of AARP Genealogy Online: Tech to Connect.

Photos by Lars Ploughmann via CreativeCommons.org