Siler Descendants

See you at the
168th Siler Family Meeting

3 August 2019
Franklin, NC

Weimar & Margaret (Rafferty) Siler Branch

Have you ever thought about becoming a family tree detective? 
Do you know who you are?
Which piece of the Siler Family puzzle belongs to you?
Maybe your family comes to the Siler Family Meeting every year, but you have never really understood why. Maybe all you know is that it has to do with some people who died long ago! But, who cares anyway? There's always fried chicken and other good food and a chance to play ball or just hang out with your cousins, right?

Why should you care? Well, did you know, for example, that all those people who died a long time ago left their mark on you? Maybe you're the only one in your family with brown eyes or blue eyes, or the only one with curly hair. Maybe you have a beautiful voice, but none of your parents can carry a tune in a bucket. Maybe you love the idea of traveling around the world. Maybe you're a great runner or baseball player or pianist. The way you look and the things you can do are all inherited traits from both your mother's and father's side of the family, but all your ancestors, not just your parents, contributed to make you who you are. 

You can find out where you belong in the big Siler Family puzzle. You can learn about the many remarkable people in your family. They may be dead now, but they lived real lives, had real feelings and relationships with family and friends, and they lived through good times and bad times, just as your family does today.

Why not become your family's detective? You can become the expert!

Hunt for clues!

Create your very own family tree.

Start by clicking on the links below.

♦ Download and fill in your first family tree  -  Click here …

  - As you fill in your tree, ask for a photo of your parents, grandparents etc. 
    Maybe your family has a photo of them as children? Check out how people dressed and wore
    their hair long ago and compare to how we dress today!

  - Record the full names of all the people and their dates and places of birth, marriage,
    death. You can keep the details in a notebook or binder, or in a file on the computer,
    and just record names and birth year and death year on the family tree form. 
    For living relatives, record only the year of birth on the form.

♦ Words you need to know  -  Click here …

   - People who study family history and find a person's place in the family tree are called
   "genealogists." Check out other important words you need to understand.

Tools of the trade   -   Click here … 

   - As a family tree detective, you need tools to do your job! Check out the list!

And here's some fun stuff to do …

   - Collect family photos of your ancestors and their families, photos of the places they
   lived, the houses they lived in, schools they went to and so on. Be sure to note who the
   people are in each photo, but don't write on the photo itself! You might want to scan your
   photos and keep a list of who is who. 

   - Collect memorabilia. Your parents will love that you want to dig through the old boxes
   of stuff they've saved and stuff their parents saved. Maybe you'll find an old theatre
   program,a high school yearbook, old letters, old movie tickets, signed photos of
   famous people, such as actors or athletes. There is no telling what's in those old boxes!

   - Find treasured artifacts in the house, a special book signed by the author, a clock, a
   watch, a glass bowl, baseball cards, a signed baseball or football, a signed poster, a
   painting, a soldier's medal, a uniform, jewelry, anything really. What's hiding in the
   closets and in the basement?

   Maybe these objects have a story. Find out why the item is special. Why did your relative
   want to keep it? Maybe someone found the item somewhere, or maybe an item was given as
   payment for a service. You never know what story is waiting to be told!

   - Make a keepsake! Once you've done some research, collected photos, memorabilia, and
   artifacts, check out some fun keepsake projects to do on the site of The Family Curator,
   Denise Levenick, who also has lots of good advice on how to preserve your family history.