24 October 2014

Family History Month Day 24: Town History

Sometimes it's good to step away from the family tree, and look at the family history. Part of that history includes the local town history for the places your ancestors came from, or went to.

Do you have ancestors that helped settle an area? Did they live in the same village for 10 generations? Whatever their story, there is a place you can research.

How did it get it's name? What brought people, including your ancestors, to the area? Who was the first mayor? Did your ancestors own any shops there? What churches were there? There are all kinds of things you can find out.

So, I encourage you to pick a town and write up a history of it. And don't forget to write about your ancestors being there.