“Love”ly Ideas For Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. For those of you die-hard genealogists, we have created a few ideas of things you can do with your sweetheart on this special day.

1. Find out which country you and your sweetheart are predominantly from, and celebrate Valentine’s Day based on how the people in that country celebrate it. For example, in France http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art7901.asp

2. Give your Valentine a genealogy gift. For example, you could give your Valentine, a framed pedigree chart, a report of one of her ancestors, a picture of the two of you (either a current picture, or one when both of you were growing up.) You can also purchase a genealogy gift from The Genealogy Gifts Store.

3. Find a romantic couple that you have in our family tree. Learn more about this couple and pay tribute to them.

4. Give your Valentine an old-fashioned Valentine. Here is a link that contains some ideas: http://collectibles.about.com/od/valentinecollecting/ig/Vintage-Valentine-Card-Art–/Old-Fashioned-Valentine.htm

5. Tell your sweetheart that you love him or her in a language that one of your ancestors would have spoken. Here is a site that tells you how to say, “I love you” in 100 different languages: http://www.links2love.com/i_love_you_languages.htm

6. Interview a family member or friend, or research the love story of one of your ancestors. Some questions you may want ask include:

  • How did you meet one another?
  • When did you get married?
  • Where did you get married?
  • Describe the proposal?
  • What characteristics did this person possess that made the companion want to marry his spouse?
  • When did you realize that you were in love with the other?
  • Who attended the wedding?

7. Go to a cemetery. Have a competition with your spouse to see who can be the first to find your wedding date on a headstone.

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