When you first set out to learn about your ancestry, it's a good idea to start with what you already know. What names, places, and life histories are already available to you?
Begin by sketching out the names of your parents, grandparents, and their siblings. Connect with living relatives to fill in names and places you may not know. As you go, jot down the funny anecdotes and biographical details you learn.
Use online resources to further fill in your family tree. Order a DNA kit to discover the roots of your family's heritage.
Once you know some basic facts about your ancestors, you can begin exploring the stories of their lives--where the real magic happens!
What was daily life like in their homeland? What does the landscape of their village or city look like? How did they end up where they did?
You can have personal experiences (both grand and small) with the places they called home. Explore the culture, traditions, craft, music, and (our favorite) foods of your ancestral homelands.
Bring the richness of your ancestry into your home with experiences that celebrate your heritage.
Learn to cook a traditional dish from the land of your ancestors, or listen to traditional music of their homeland. Record the details of your own life in a journal, and share your stories, as well as theirs, with those you love.
By bringing the richness of your ancestry into your daily life, you create a new story, woven with the values, personalities, legacy, and love of your kindred.
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