Snag a Post-Thanksgiving Travel Deal

They aren’t exactly the Black Friday deals being offered at the mall, but you can still save big on travel packages by booking by the end of the month. Take a break from the chaos surrounding the holiday season by jetting off to Sin City this December. Pleasant Holidays is offering a money-saving package deal featuring round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on Spirit Airlines, a four-night stay in a deluxe room at the Wynn Las Vegas, plus a $100 resort credit all for just $369. The price doesn’t include a $20 per room, per night resort fee. … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Is For Family Fun

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and that means family time. For the genealogist in the family, it is a great time to hear family stories, both new and old, get the group together for some family photographs, and as always, listen for new family history facts that you can include in your research. You are probably even going to enjoy some of your family’s favorite recipes. This Thanksgiving, our Thanksgiving table will have something on it that is not usually a part of our menu. Because of where Thanksgiving ended up on the calendar this year, my son’s birthday cake will be … Continue reading

Bring A Pad And Pen To Thanksgiving Dinner

This year, why not bring along a pad and pen to Thanksgiving dinner. There are a couple of reasons why it could come in handy. With the whole family gathered around the table, there are bound to be some great family stories being told that you won’t want to forget. Also, there may be mention of bits and pieces of information here and there that could help you in your family history research. I often hear very interesting things at family gatherings, things that I want to remember later on so that I can follow up on them. Since I … Continue reading

Enjoy a Taste of Thanksgiving Genealogy

This month, add a touch of Thanksgiving flavor to your genealogy research! Thanksgiving is a great time to collect family stories from your relatives. There are lots of genealogy resources that can help you learn more about ancestors who were alive around the time of the first Thanksgiving. November is a good month for a Thanksgiving related genealogy trip. Plimoth Plantation is a great place to visit if you are interested in seeing what life was like for your ancestors who were alive around the time of the first Thanksgiving. Climb aboard the Mayflower II, a replica of the original … Continue reading

Sports And Family Bonds

With the Super Bowl just a couple of weeks away, now is a good time to think about sports and how they relate to family history. Whether you have athletes in the family, sports fans, or both, it is very likely that at least some family members have an interest in sports. If you think about your relatives and what sports they like to play or watch, you may see some similarities between family members. You might also see some major differences of opinion, which can make for memorable family events if there is a game on television featuring the … Continue reading

Thanksgiving and the Occupy Movement

Whether you support the Occupy Movement, are against it, or are somehow unaware of its existence, one thing remains true. This is a historic event. Generations from now, genealogists will wonder if any of their ancestors were part of the 99%. This year, Thanksgiving was celebrated in a different way. Holidays, and the way we celebrate them, are important. Thanksgiving is usually a day that people spend with their families, in a warm and comfortable home, surrounded by plenty of good food. It is a day to give thanks for everything that we have. Genealogists can learn a lot about … Continue reading

Family Reunited After Twelve Years Apart

Imagine how difficult it would be to leave your children with other family members, and immigrate to another country, in search of a better life for your family. For one woman, it took twelve years before her family could be reunited, just in time for the holiday season. Stories about families that have been reunited are always touching. I think it is because everyone can relate to what it would be like to be far away from your family for a very long time, and how hard that would be. It seems like we hear more of these kinds of … Continue reading

How Do You Do Thanksgiving?

As Thanksgiving approaches, I have been reflecting on how the way that I have celebrated Thanksgiving has changed through the years. Each year has been enjoyable, but there have been a few changes along the way. When I was a child, my parents would pack my sister and I into the car and we would have a mid-day meal at one grandmother’s house and an evening meal at our other grandmother’s house. Both grandmothers lived in the same city which was near the town that we lived in, so the traveling was not a big deal. The food that was … Continue reading

Family Stories About Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for being thankful for all the wonderful things in your life. Many people spend the week of Thanksgiving visiting with members of their family. Genealogists can spend this holiday hearing about, and recording, the family stories that are shared over dinner. Does your family have stories about Thanksgiving? It seems like every family has some Thanksgiving traditions that they do each and every year. Maybe everyone meets for Thanksgiving dinner at grandma’s house. Your family might spend Thanksgiving day itself at the home of your parent’s, and the day before, or day after, visiting with your … Continue reading

Family-Friendly Fall Travel Deals

Leave it to the travel industry to come up with creative alternatives to spending Veteran’s Day cleaning house or Thanksgiving with crabby Aunt Sue. Long holiday weekends are an ideal time to escape from the stress of extended family dysfunction and spend quality time with your spouse and kids. The following getaways are easy on the nerves and your wallet: OHIO Sawmill Creek Resort in Sandusky, Ohio, is offering a fabulous travel package to kick-off the property’s annual Festival of Lights. The two-night Thanksgiving package for a family of four starts at $279 and includes Thanksgiving brunch, a carriage ride, … Continue reading