Summer's the time for family reunions. We have one every year or two at our
home in the country and a Scavenger Hunt is a big part of the family fun
day. But this year I'm doing something quite different. I'm creating a race
- *The Amazing Egg Race *(this is the working title, we may change it) -
which features 8 genealogy related events.
Hubs and I started brainstorming for this race about 3 months ago. Gradually
it evolved into eight different events, each one based on an actual true
event or life circumstance for one of my ancestors. For example, one of my
cousins, a man named Stephen
walked a tightrope across Niagara Falls in 1887, then later fell to his
death - whether accident, suicide or murder is not known.
So one of the events that teams must complete is the *"Steve Peer Niagara
Falls Tightrope Walk". *The event will consist of a long narrow board raised
about 4 to 6 inches from the ground, along which all team members must walk
from one end to the other.
I don't want to give away too much information here in Olive Tree Genealogy
blog, as some of my family actually read the blog! But I am creating posters
on bristleboard and flyers for each event. The posters with rules and
instructions for the specific event will be placed at the event location and
laminated flyers taped to the poster.
8.5 x 11 inch Flyers provide details of the specific ancestor - their births
and deaths, and accomplishment that the race event is based on. I've also
added pictures to hopefully generate more interest.
An event "referee" wearing a name tag with that ancestor's name, will
monitor the specific event. As each team completes an event, the team is
given a coloured plastic egg. Inside the egg is their next clue which takes
them to the next event. Simple!
But of course there are some surprises along the way. For instance, teams
must reach the final ancestor pit stop with 9 coloured eggs and some other
items which I can't mention here or it will give too much away. Let's just
say that by the time teams reach one of the last events on the race, they'll
be hard-pressed to figure out how they are going to complete it and manage
to carry all their items and eggs to the finish line.
In future parts of this series about Genealogy Games for Family Reunions,
I'll explain how teams are assembled (Spoiler: Think Ancestor
more of the events, prizes, and how to plan and organize your own Genealogy
Family Fun Day.
Posted By Genealogy Blogger to Olive Tree Genealogy
>at 7/04/2011 09:40:00 AM
Lorine McGinnis Schulze
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