Hoping to be the supreme gift giver this holiday season? Use these four simple steps to hone your skills and create a perfect holiday gift to celebrate your family and its unique history. Also, if you’re running out of time to make a gift this holiday season, here are some extra gift ideas that are guaranteed to excited family members and friends.
With all the excitement of Black Friday and holiday shopping, it’s easy to forget one of the most important tenets of the season — giving back to the community. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to find a way to give back this December.
In an effort to create a national day of giving to kick off the holiday season, organizations and individuals around the world are taking part in a movement known as GivingTuesday. The campaign was created last year to celebrate and encourage charitable activities that support non-profit organizations. In their words, “It’s time to ‘get out the give,’ and put ‘giving’ into the giving season.” Very similar to the way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the founders of GivingTuesday encourage the community to come together to give back during the holidays.
They have some great ideas for giving back:
1. Bring the family together to find some nonperishable foods in your cabinets. Then, bring your donation to your local food pantry.
2. Look in your closets at home and collect any extra items such as towels, blankets, etc. Donate your items to a program that sets up families in new homes.
3. At the beginning of a new season, think of one item that is needed. Then do a collection in your neighborhood for that one item and donate it to a local charity.
Check out the GivingTuesday website for more ways you can give back to the community this year.
We also can’t forget our own community! As genealogists, many of us could use some extra help breaking through our brick walls this holiday season. Inspired by the mission of GivingTuesday, we wanted to spread the word and share ideas for some of the many ways that folks can give back to the genealogy community this year.
Mocavo was founded with the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to discover his or her family’s story. It was with this mission in mind that we created multiple free resources to empower members of the genealogy community to help one another discover his or her story.
Three Ways You Can Give Back to the Genealogy Community this Season
Modeled after Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness, we created Genealogy Karma to connect researchers all around the country. If you’re looking for information about an ancestor who lived far away, we will connect you with family history volunteers who can do this research for you in other cities. If you have some time to spare this season, try fulfilling a request for a fellow genealogist. See all requests, or become a volunteer here.
Mocavo’s Surname Groups help family history researchers tap into the collective knowledge of thousands of other genealogists. If you have information about a particular surname, share your findings by posting a message on the group’s surname page. Your information may help someone make a breakthrough in his or her own research (You can also, of course, post questions about a surname for others to respond to).
Do you have piles of research laying around? Old books gathering dust? Historical documents sitting in boxes? Now is the time to take advantage of Mocavo Free Scaninng. We scan books, documents and any standard-size paper sheets to bring them online for you and the rest of the Mocavo Community. Your dusty pile of documents could hold the clue to solve another genealogist’s riddle. Let us help you tell your story to the world.
There are many ways to give back during the holidays. Whether you give back to your local community, or the genealogy community, be sure to donate some time this December to help others in the spirit of the holiday season.
In honor of Veteran’s Day this week, have your ancestors served in the military? (click all that apply)
We asked and you answered! Last week we asked if you had any ancestors who served in the military. Over 30% of the Mocavo community poll takers have ancestors who served in the Army, and over 20% have ancestors that served in the Navy. Don’t forget to check out our bi-monthly newsletter or Facebook page to take our next poll: “Do you plan on giving any genealogy related gifts this holiday season? (click all that apply)”
The holiday season is upon us! As families gather to enjoy each other’s company this holiday season, we want to help you make the most out of your time with your loved ones. Family gatherings offer great opportunities to discover, celebrate, and preserve the stories of your ancestors. With the help of Chief Genealogist, Michael J. Leclerc, we have crafted a Holiday Genealogy Survival Kit to help keep the stress out of your family history research this season.
Also, be sure to check your email for a special holiday surprise!
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We asked and you answered! Last week we asked if you had discovered any skeletons in your family’s closet. It turns out that over 70% of us have found skeletons in our closet! At least we aren’t alone Don’t forget to check out our bi-monthly newsletter or Facebook page to take our next poll: “In honor of Veteran’s Day this week, have your ancestors served in the military? (click all that apply)”
We asked and you answered! Last week we asked if you had visited or otherwise used resources from the Family History Library. Most of you have at least visited your local family history center or accessed materials on FamilySearch. Don’t forget to check out our bi-monthly newsletter or Facebook page to take our next poll.
As Family History Month comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to celebrate your discoveries! Whether you used Mocavo to uncover a hidden relative, tackle a brick wall, or fill in the missing pieces of a family mystery, we want to hear your success stories. Inspire your family, friends, and fellow researchers by sharing your discoveries in Mocavo’s Family History Month Sweepstakes and you could win a $150 Amazon.com gift card.
How to Enter
Simply send your Mocavo discovery story to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, November 01, 2013. Please ensure your story does not exceed 250 words in length and relates to the contest’s theme. All family history stories are important, and thus sweepstake entries will not be judged. The grand prizewinner will be selected by a random drawing.
What Can you Win?
The grand prizewinner will receive a $150.00 Amazon.com gift card.
Your story will also inspire other researchers in our bi-weekly newsletter and Facebook page.
Esteemed author Studs Terkel once said, “storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too. It goes from one generation to another.” Sharing your story preserves your heritage for generations to come, and we are looking forward to celebrating your discoveries with you.
We asked and you answered! Last week we asked if you were planning on doing anything to celebrate family history month. Most of you had plans to work on a brick wall problem and also share your research with other family members. Don’t forget to check out our bi-monthly newsletter or Facebook page to take our next poll: “Have you visited and/or used resources from the Family History Library?”
We asked and you answered! Last week we asked how many of you were able to attend genealogy events this year. We are happy to report that 83% of you have attended some sort of genealogy event this year and 24% of you have been able to take advantage of events hosted by your local societies.
Don’t forget to check out our bi-weekly newsletter or Facebook page to take the next poll and see how you compare with your fellow genealogists.