The phrase “Ring out the old, ring in the new” represents the idea of cheerfully saying goodbye to opportunities missed and welcoming in new opportunities for change and hope. It is something on almost everybody’s mind as a new year comes around. You may have plans to be healthier, get a better job, or be more devoted to safeguarding and strengthening your family. I’m going to take some creative liberty here and suggest that perhaps this year may be a good one to think about also ringing in the old.
Family history is probably something a lot of us have said we’d like to do, but with our busy schedules, don’t find the time to do it. Perhaps you have set a goal to “ring in the new” by taking some time this year to discover your ancestors and learn something new about them this year.
Though this may be something new in your life, you will simultaneously be ringing in the old. Family history is a way for you to look into the past and bring your ancestors back to life, for you and for others in your family. Here are a few ideas of goals you can set to help ring in the old in 2016.
Add 10 new names to your family tree.
Use the Hints feature in FamilySearch and discover new records with names of people that may not be on your family tree yet. Each month FamilySearch adds millions of new record hints to their database, so if you don’t find a hint for someone, come back a month later and you may find some new hints show up on their record. Look for your hints in the Research Helps pane of the details page. It’s a quick way to find records you may not even know existed.
Add 10 new family photographs to your memories page.
Go through your boxes and photo albums that you have stashed away in your closets. Check out some of the old pictures you haven’t seen for a few years. If you have pictures of your ancestors that you think others would enjoy seeing, post them on the Memories tab of an ancestor’s page and they will be there, safe and sound for everyone to see. What a great way to share old family photographs quickly and easily.
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