My daughter was six months old when I started researching our family history so she's been around it her entire young life. Her bedtime stories were (and still are) based on stories of our ancestors. As an infant, one of her favorite toys was one of those soft photo albums that you can put your own pictures in. I filled it with pictures of our family. As she would flip through the album, I'd tell her who each person was.
Before she could even walk, she was accompanying me to cemeteries. The majority of cemetery visits were for FindAGrave rather than our own family history, but it has taught her a lot. She has learned that cemeteries are not a scary place, but instead a place to visit with those who have went before us. It also helped her learn her letters, an added bonus.
Last October, we were in Georgia visiting family and took some time to go around to cemeteries where family members are buried. It was then that she asked for (and received) her first camera. I was a little leery of giving a four year old a camera so I bought her a cheap 35mm to start.
|The munchkin taking headstone pics for FindAGrave at a cemetery nearby.|
She has met all of her great grandparents on my side of the family. Unfortunately, all of her great grandparents on my husband's side passed before she came along. She's extremely lucky because she has a 2nd great grandparent still living. We have a trip planned for April so she can meet her. She's also met five of her great-aunts, a 2nd great aunt and a 2nd great uncle.
|The munchkin with her great grandfather on my dad's side doing a puzzle. My sisters and I visited him and my grandmother every chance we got and doing puzzles was one of the things we enjoyed.|
|The munchkin with her great grandmother on my dad's side. She actually got to meet her a few years earlier, but hadn't met her great grandfather until this trip.|
|The munchkin with her great grandfather on my mom's side. He passed a few days after this picture was taken. She met her great grandmother at his funeral but I was too upset to remember to get a picture.|
|The munchkin with her great aunts (my mom's sisters)|
|The munchkin in a basket with the blanket I used as a baby. It was made by my grandmother.|
|The munchkin on the bed. The purple quilt was made by my great grandmother. In the background you can see the dresser that is part of the bedroom suite that has been passed down through four generations.|