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Making the Most of Holiday Opportunities

Copies of family photographs in protective sleeves. Check.

Laptop with family history data. Check.

Digital recorder for taping the family sharing memories. Check.

Interrogation lamp so we can finally get Aunt Delilah to crack and spill those family secrets. Check.

OK, maybe that last one’s going a bit too far, but when you’re the family historian, your pre-holiday checklist is probably going to be a little different than that of others. You know that family get-togethers are the best place to find answers to your family history mysteries.

Whether you are planning on conducting formal interviews or just a little discreet prying, a little pre-planning can go a long way. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your time with family.


Juliana Smith has been editing Ancestry.com newsletters for more than thirteen years and calls dibs on this year’s turkey carcass. Nothing’s better than homemade turkey soup.

Other articles in the 20 November 2011 Weekly Discovery: 

> Open the Doors to the Poorhouse for Ancestral Clues

> Family History Tip: Browsing the Census Can Pay Off 

> Photo Corner 

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