How to Research your
Northern & Southern
Foster Family

Ask Questions: Then Listen...

Start with what you know about your family

Record in your genealogical database computer software program everything you now know and can learn by visiting relatives, researching both local libraries, museums and historical places of your ancestors.

Take family vacations to visit the people who still live in the area your ancestors lived in.  Go to the churches, schools, farms they lived in and take lots of photographs.  Drive the back roads as they did.

Tell your children and grandchildren the "old stories" of your great grandparents and of the way they solved the challenges of their time period and how today they can meet the problems they face with the same determination and perseverance.

Yes, tell them when you were a kid how hard it was to walk to school in freezing weather barefoot in deep snow!  Tell them how hard you had to work before and after school everyday just so the family could financially make it.  Tell them how the neighbors would come to the aid of the person or family who had experienced a loss and assist them through their times of grief.

Learn the lessons taught by our ancestors of hard work, going to church, picking wisely your spouse and enduring hardships to the end of their lives.  Try not to re-do the bad choices they may have made.

Find as many pictures, rocking chairs, quilts, violins or harpsichord and display them in your home for all to see and enjoy.  We don't worship our ancestors, we revere them!  We thank them for the lessons we have learned from them and for the free land we have because of their sacrifices.

Share all you have learned about your family with every interested family member because we are all part of the human family.  We are in it together.  We share the same space.  Let us pass on to our children their heritage and a feeling that we are a family forever and we get our strength of character by standing for correct principles learned from the past and refined by our very lives.

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