Have You Updated Your Contacts?

Update Your Family Contact Lists

Do you send annual Christmas cards? I know I am. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone who’ll have a panic attack, but Christmas will be here before you know it. So it’s time to update your mailing list.

Christmas card sending often involves the older generation. It is a fading tradition that out most people don't like. People don’t want to deal with the hassle of taking a photo, selecting a card, addressing all the envelopes, or dare I say, writing the annual family update letter. However, the holiday card mailing tradition is a great way to update your family contacts.

Many people who receive Christmas cards are your extended family members, who might not be on social media. If they are not, you might need to check your address list by contacting other family members through social media. If that doesn't work, check out the White Pages. You’ll probably have to pay a fee to get the actual address, but it will help you update your records.

When you update your address lists to determine where your extended family members are living, you may discover that someone has passed away, become divorced, or had another child. Whatever you find out, you can quickly add these tidbits to your genealogical record collection. If a relative has passed, you can request a copy of their obituary and death records to add to your filing system, since you are THE family historian.

Even if you’re not a holiday card, today is an excellent day for updating your family contact list. As you update that list, you’ll be making family history! Woot-woot.

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