I decided it was time for my kids to find out more about their roots.
To do this I made two sets of cards.
The grey cards have the ancestor's picture on one side and their name on the other. If I had known I was going to post this on my blog I would have used better penmanship.
Here is my dad. Wasn't he a hunk?
Luckily Scott and I don't have heart stickers on our cards.
There were lots of different games we could play with these cards. First I split them into teams to see if they could get them into a family tree only by using their names.
It was interesting to see who they knew about and who seemed unfamiliar. Ironically the most perplexing card was their only living great grandparent whom they visit twice a year and we pray for every night. They didn't know who she was because we always call her "Grandma Great."
Great-grandmas have names, too, by golly.
Then we matched the names and the photos together and we read the interesting facts about each individuals. Scott and I filled in with some stories that we knew about the ancestor. Brief stories.
With all the cards on the table like that they could see their namesakes, which is pretty cool since each of my kids share their first or middle name with an ancestor.
Family night lasted only about 20-30 minutes. Any longer than that and the Holy Ghost starts banging his head against the wall.
It was a successful night, of course. I only tell you about the good ones. :)