At some point in your genealogy research, you may find yourself wishing to share your accomplishments with the world. Some people do this in the hope of connecting with other family members they have not yet connected with, and other people do it to share with their existing family. There are many ways to do this.
Sharing With The World
The article Share the Information by Family Search talks about the many ways in which to share your information. Social Media, creating your own website, or using existing genealogy websites are all viable options.
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Sharing With The Family
I love sharing my family history research with my family. They make wonderful gifts. Here are some ways I take my research and share it:
Multi-photo frames make a great way to have multiple pictures of a specific family group. The biggest picture spot goes for the person or couple I am highlighting. I often add a printed label under that photo with the Birth, Baptism, Marriage, Death, Burial info (if applicable). This is usually only for the main picture. The rest of the details I put on the BACK of the photo frame. I usually have a theme.
For example: I did one of my mom’s parents. Under their picture, I had the printed label with biographical information. All the other pictures were of their parents and siblings. I gave this to my brother as a gift one year. Another one I did was for my grandmother’s 100th birthday. It had a nice picture of her, and pictures of all her family that visited her regularly. Because she was in a wheel chair, I hung it at that height in her room so she could wheel up to it and see it. I labeled each photo with who was in it to help her remember. I used larger print so she could read it. It got a lot of nice comments from the staff and all visitors stopped to look at it.
Booklet: I have written the Journey to Canada story for each side of my family. When a family member gets married on a particular side of the family, along with the usual marriage gift, I include the appropriate story which includes family group sheets for the oldest, deceased family groups. These all include photos. I print it in colour and have it bound with a plastic cover and title page, so it is a formal looking booklet. In this way, my research is passed down in the family. Although I always do this for weddings, on occasion I have also given this as a gift for other occasions. As time progresses, the information is updated/changed as appropriate.
Family Reunions are a great place to share family history. My most popular family reunion item was a single page with questions about the family on both sides (we have a big family). I took key events from the family as a whole and about each family group and put them into questions. For example: What date, port, ship did the family to come Canada on? What family had their home tragically burn to the ground four times and which children died in those fires? I handed out the questionnaires during the talking and visiting part of the reunion. It sparked new conversations and memories as everyone talked about what they remembered. Then, gaging when the conversation started to lag and they had got to the end of the questionnaire, I then went around and handed out the answers written as statements giving some details. Family members have saved that answer sheet for decades!
A Google search will give you many ideas.