I recently heard about a program that offers Free Genealogical Seminars for Senior Citizens; I wanted to share this with you, Ask Granny”. Here is a brief summary about the program:
"Ask Granny"© is an innovative genealogical outreach program especially designed to be presented by local Genealogical Society members at assisted-living or retirement homes or other places where seniors gather, such as a Community Councils on Aging. The program can also be used as a workshop event at a Family Reunion or at a church or synagogue senior group. Funded entirely by small local contributions, the authors provide FREE specially formatted materials and instructions via emailed .pdf files. Genealogical Society members can easily use the materials to guide the seniors as they create a simple ancestral chart for themselves and for their spouses. There are also “Ask Granny”© administrative helps, such as flyers, announcements, and teaching outlines. The .pdf files can be easily printed for students or made into slides, flyers, or posters.
The program is very different than a beginning genealogy course. Using only pencils and paper, the Grannies and Grandpas who attend the seminars record their memories of family names, dates, and places on a chart labeled “A Genealogical Gift to my Family.” When those pages are preserved in their special gift folder, family members will never have to wonder "why didn't we ask Granny about that?" Whether the students can remember the details of one generation or six, they create an irreplaceable record of family history for their grandchildren and great grandchildren. At every session, even seniors who think they will remember nothing have been able to record several generations with the help of their instructors. One retiree from Poland said “Thank you! I always wanted to create a family tree, but I never knew how.”
Since 2009 the authors of “Ask Granny”©, Judy Russell and Greg Crane, have presented the program many times in retirement centers and for local senior groups, such as Community Councils on Aging. They also report that it has also been adopted by genealogical societies, family reunions, and schools in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and in 30 states.
Write to the "Ask Granny"© authors with your questions or your request for a FREE set of materials by return email. Your email should include the name of your Genealogical Society or the name and date of your upcoming Family Reunion or church/synagogue group. The only stipulation of the authors is that students are never charged for their participation in an "Ask Granny"© Seminar or for the materials.
Judith F. Russell and Gregory L. Crane--Bogart, Georgia, USA
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