The program provides free genealogical materials to volunteers, or genealogical societies (like us!) to present to senior citizens in retirement centers, rotary clubs, church groups, and community senior centers. It is not a beginning genealogy course, but just a seminar to help Grandpas and Grannies fill out a basic family group sheet using only pencils and paper. The Grannies and Grandpas take home a folder with an 11X17 family group sheet and other helpful information should they choose to continue with recording their family history. Alongside the family group sheet is a letter to their family. In short is says
"Dear Family, Today I have filled in the "Ask Granny" ancestral chart you will find in this folder with my recollections of my ancestors. I wrote down as many of the details of family names, dates, and places as I could remember. I hope that the names, dates, and places which I recorded here will be helpful to you if you ever decide that you want to discover more about your heritage. If I am not there to help you then, you won't have to say "Why didn't I ask Granny about her family memories when I had the change", because today I've done what I could to help you."
Imagine, if you had found something similar when you started your research! What a treasure that would be!
After telling us about the program, we all pretended we were Grannies and Grandpas while Judy led the class in filling out our own family group sheet, so that we could get the full experience of what an Ask Granny Seminar would be like. Grannies should always 1. put their name on each piece of paper. 2. Print! as we know, the young ones are not learning cursive anymore! 3. Always use the date format DD Month YYYY with the month spelled out and all 4 digits of the year. 4. Use a person's full name when known, and in genealogical work always use a woman's maiden name. 5. If using a nick name, put it in quotes.
If you missed the class, but would like information on how you can host an "Ask Granny" event for a senior center, or church group or family reunion contact Judy Russell at the following email.