August: Osage County Opens December 25th #AugustMoments {$100 Giveaway}

This sponsored post was written by the Experimental Mommy.  All opinions remain 100% mine.

After the bread has been broken, the presents have been opened and the family has all gone home, we love to hit the movies for some extra family time.  If you like to do the same, consider checking out the new film, “August: Osage County,” that hits theaters this holiday season in select cities on Wednesday, December 25th (everywhere in January) and includes a star-studded cast such as Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Ewan McGregor and many more!

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

This movie talks about togetherness and the importance of taking the time to be with your family and friends, especially around the Holidays.  You are sure to get wrapped up in the story of the Weston family so fortunately,  The Weinstein Co. has teamed up with for the release of August: Osage County to help you learn more about the Weston family and your own family with a free premium membership!

I have done a little bit of work on our own family tree and I find it quite fascinating!  I especially love looking at old pictures to get a glimpse of life in the past and I am trying to instill the same passion for learning in my own children.  In order to get started, I simply downloaded the printable family tree and taught the kids the very beginning of their own piece of history.

Have you started a family tree?  If so, what has been your experience?  Have you found out any interesting facts?  If not, download the family tree file above to get started!  You can also check out the Discover Your Roots Facebook app.  To help you begin your journey (and perhaps take the family to see August: Osage County, one Experimental Mommy reader will win a $100 VISA Gift Card!  Enter below:

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  1. Margaret Smith says:

    My Dad actually did one and he found out that we were part of Canadian Royalists.

  2. Danielle D says:

    no not yet

  3. I haven’t done a family tree, but I am interested in finding out about more generations.

  4. I haven’t done one, but I love looking at the research my relatives have done.

  5. I haven’t, but one of my aunts worked on a tree a few years back and we found out that one of our ancestors may have come to America on the Mayflower, which we thought was pretty darn interesting.

  6. Rich Morris says:

    We have…well my mom did and we found out that my best friend is actually a distant relative

  7. We have not done yet.

  8. Yes. Thelma Todd is part of my family.

  9. no, not yet

  10. Adrienne Gordon says:

    I have not.

  11. I haven’t done a family tree.

  12. Lisa Brown says:

    i have not done a family tree

  13. Katherine says:

    No my uncle has it up to date and has promised me a copy

  14. I have started to. I have a direct relative who came over on the mayflower. Popham

  15. Mary Happymommy says:

    I haven’t done a family tree.

  16. Cynthia C says:

    I’ve done some research and found I have an ancestor who was a Revolutionary War veteran.

  17. wild orchid says:

    We haven’t done a family tree yet.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

  18. We have not done an official one yet, but I want the girls to learn their heritage, especially since we are a very racially mixed family.

  19. no i haven’t but it would be a great thing to do that, especially while my grandma is still alive, she knows and remembers so much.

  20. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Have Not Done A Family Tree, It Would Be Very Interesting To Do!

  21. rebecca shockley says:

    Apparently somewhere along the line, there is a King in our family

  22. Jason Crooks says:

    I haven’t done a family tree yet. I would like to do one someday though.

  23. Barbara Montag says:

    Yes my father’s line is traced to 1557.
    We found out about two brothers my had that we didn’t know about.
    Thank you.

  24. Rachel Travis says:

    I haven’t but my mom has, and we love looking at old pictures of great great great grandparents, etc!

  25. Jessica To says:

    I tried just going back to my grandparents, but my mom is the twelfth child so that was hard enough!

  26. Mary Calabrese says:

    Yes! My husband’s 9x great grandfather put together the group that founded New York City! There’s a monument to him there and everything!

  27. Suzanne K says:

    I have done our family tree, back to the mid 1600’s. My great grandfather build the huge church organs.

  28. Michelle Weaver says:

    I have not, but my grandma has and I plan on asking her about it when I go home for Christmas.

  29. WE have, though my family is pretty boring and straight forward my daughter’s father found out that his grandfather was a twin and he never knew it (they had both passed)

  30. Tari Lawson says:

    I have started one but haven’t got to far. I did find out my Great grandmother was an American indian.

  31. I have never followed my family tree

  32. Mary Casper says:

    i have not done a family tree but its on my bucket list

  33. D SCHMIDT says:

    I have not as yet but I have considered doing so.

  34. ellen beck says:

    I pwesonally havent but an Aunt does alot of geneology and has gone back to England pretty far back.

  35. Sheila K. says:

    I have never done a family tree!

  36. Bethany C. says:

    One of my grandfathers did a family tree going back hundreds of years.

  37. No, I’ve never done a family tree but would be interested in doing so!

  38. My brother seriously went into family tree research. He researched various families and went back centuries on some. Ironically he could not get far back on our grandparents. The Irish famine had a huge number of boats coming in to Canada though very few passenger lists are available. The information in Ireland and also in Norway was seldom kept for peasants

  39. No, I haven’t done a family tree.

  40. Joseph Stowell says:

    Someone wrote a book several years ago and there are many interesting things. However, it all points to the fact that we come from many different places and cultures but we are who we make ourselves to be with the help of family and friends.

  41. Yes, we have started on our family tree and I have learned my grandmother had a twin sister who died at birth. I had no idea!!

  42. beth shepherd says:

    No, i have not.

  43. I have not done a family tree.

  44. i’ve been working on it for 10 years! we have a couple of brick walls. I would say a toss up between finding out I can trace back to 2 of the original pilgrims, and one of the founding families for montreal, were the most surprising

  45. No haven’t done a family tree too hard to trace having lost a lot of family members

  46. I have not

  47. I have not done a Family Tree! I cannot get my side of the families to agree on it!

    pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com
    thank you

  48. Sarah Hirsch says:

    i have not done a family tree yet, would be interesting to do so, i am sure

  49. Nannypanpan says:

    We have not,

  50. Kim Henrichs says:

    I haven’t done one very far, but what I did find was some origins back to Germany of where my Grandparents lived. I would absolutely love to do a deeper look.

  51. I have done it one time before. I did not know that I had that many cousins! 🙂

  52. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I have and found out my great grandmother came here when she was a child

  53. Thomas Murphy says:

    I have never done a family tree.

  54. Jennifer T. says:

    I haven’t done a family tree. I’m sure there are some interesting tidbits to discover.

  55. no not done one

  56. no i have not

  57. I have never done my family tree but would like to

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  58. Tabathia B says:

    I have started and I have one great-grandmother on my maternal side and a great-great grandmother on my paternal side who were both native american but from different tribes

  59. Terra Heck says:

    I’ve never done a family tree but would like to take the time and make one sometime. I’d like to know more about my family’s history. Thanks.

  60. heather eg kaufman says:

    I have not started, but my mom is really into genealogy, so I need to get it all from her!

  61. I’ve never done a family tree.

  62. Melanie Montgomery says:

    Yes, I was interesting to find that some of my family is from Portugal

  63. I have never done a family tree but I would like to.

  64. We have! We had to do them for our kids in high school. We found so many great things. We found we weren’t at all originally from where we thought.

  65. ashley oxner says:

    I have never done a family tree

  66. Ann Fantom says:

    No, I haven’t done a family tree yet, but it is on my list of things to do.

  67. I have never done a family tree.

  68. tammy shelton says:

    Yes, I learned my family in Boston were The Breeds. The Battle of Bunker Hill was actually, in fact, fought on Breeds Hill.

  69. joseph gersch says:

    we have not doen a fmaily tree

  70. I haven’t done a family tree yet

  71. We have not done a full family tree but I did see the ship my great grandfather came over on from Sweden and learned that my grandfather was down on a census as being a girl because of his long hair when he was a little boy. lol

  72. I have done a family tree. The only interesting tidbit I found was that my great great grandmother go married at the age of 14. Wow!

  73. no, not yet

  74. Wanda McHenry says:

    No, I have not done a family tree.

  75. april yedinak says:

    I haven’t done a family tree, but a cousin of mine did and uncovered a lot of interesting stuff- for instance, I have a great-great-grandfather who was a slave, the first Europeans in America on my mother’s side escaped an Indian massacre only to later marry Cherokee women and much, much more.

  76. We have not done one yet other than writing down what we know. I do know that my grandfather ‘s mom and dad came over from Norway and she was pregnant with him at the time!

  77. Julie Lawson says:

    I found my fathers family came from Russia. Very interesting!

  78. Eileen Richter says:

    My brother has gotten into this with my mom’ side at least. Nothing really exciting but we found my sister’s first husband was related to the gangsta’ Jesse James and I just did one dna type search that said we are distantly related in my mom’s family to Jimmy Buffet. I had a great laugh! More so , we want to know medical information as we have been plagued by unfortunate and unexplainable health issues. With dna you can see what really lurks and is passed on. It’s fascinating. My great grandmother died young after having 3 children and spent the last years in a wheelchair. We had no idea he had remarrried and SHE was not our bio great grandma

  79. Nataly Carbonell says:

    I haven’t done one yet, I’d really like to do one, I think it’s interesting.

  80. no i have not

  81. Yes I have – I am related to a Senator.

  82. I have not done a family tree, but I do know that we have alot of german, native american and italian in our blood.

  83. kathy dalton says:

    i learned that my grandma came by boat from Ireland

  84. steven weber says:

    I have not done a family tree..

  85. I haven’t actually done a family tree but I have some relatives who did a lot of research and made a couple books consisting of my dad’s side of the family’s history. It’s really interesting seeing that most of my relatives were engineers of some sort.

  86. I actually never have, but really want to so I can learn more about my heritage! We don’t have much family left as sadly, they most have passed on of cancer or other diseases.

    Thank you for the chance to win! Happy Holidays! I haven’t stopped by your blog in a while! lol

    Joey J.

  87. I haven’t done a family tree

  88. I have not done a family tree.

  89. Cindy Merrill says:

    I had no idea that my Grandfather’s first wife was full Mic Mac , this was revealed to me when my brother informed me that he found documents to prove it.

  90. Nope have never done one!

  91. I have not done a family tree however my grandmother has just received one that her cousin had done and we hope to get a chance to see it.

  92. I haven’t done one since I was a lot younger but I remember being amazed at how many siblings my dad’s parent’s each had. They both came from families of over 10 kids!

  93. I’m related to Daniel Boone and Samuel McCormick.

  94. Michelle B says:

    I have not done one

  95. I tried doing one on a while ago. I don’t have a very interesting family, it turns out! The most exciting thing anyone has done is built a famous church in Germany

  96. I have never done one, but my husband explored his family a bit. It was pretty interesting.

  97. I have not but I hope to soon!

  98. I haven’t done a family tree.

  99. Haven’t done one.
    Thanks for the contest.

  100. I did one on my dads side and was able to follow it all the way back to the 1600’s and 2 interesting things we had a relative in every war since the inception of the country and my dad always thought he was english but I followed his roots back to Germany

  101. I have done a family tree – I was able to trace my father’s line back to 1135! So amazing!

  102. My aunt has done a family tree on each side of my family. One interesting fact is that we are somehow related to Andrew Jackson on my dad’s side.

  103. I have not done a family tree, but i am interested in doing one soon!

  104. kathleen whitney says:

    HELP: I am also related to Daniel Boone! I need to contact deb c. and ask if she has a history that matches mine!

  105. kathleen whitney says:

    I can be contacted at my twitter Risingstar2 or Facebook: kathy whitney for any information on Daniel Boone

  106. I don’t know anything about my family.

  107. I have never done a family tree

  108. Jennifer Dunaway says:

    I have not done my family tree but would love to.

  109. I’ve never done one, but I’ve always wanted to.

  110. Olivia Parker says:

    I am working on it but i never knew i was hungarian

  111. I haven’t done a family tree yet

  112. nope don’t have a family tree

  113. I have done a family tree, but nothing too interesting.

  114. Sonya Morris says:

    I have not done one.

  115. I haven’t done an actual family tree but I have researched a lot online and found my ancestors were founding settlers of one our state counties and even have a Historical Marker commemorating an ancestor.

  116. amy pugmire says:

    I haven’t but I would really love too.

  117. I’ve never made one, but would love to

  118. I have not done a family tree. I’m sure it would be very interesting.

  119. Marilyn Wons says:

    I have not done a family tree yet.

  120. No, I haven’t done a family tree. I have tried to find out information about relatives, though, and I haven’t been able to learn too much. It would be interesting to do if I had the time.

  121. Dorothy Deakyne says:

    great, great, great grandfather raised arabian horses for the Royals in Poland that lived in a castle

  122. Mariaelena Dominguez says:

    We haven’t buy sounds like a great idea!

  123. Kate Newton says:

    I’ve never, but I would love to! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  124. Karen Matlock says:

    Yes, I followed my mother’s side back a ways because we knew very little about my grandmother. I ended up finding very close relatives and am friends on facebook now.

  125. Lorena Keech says:

    We have done a family tree and I can be in the DAR if I apply.

  126. Brittney House says:

    I have never done a family tree.

  127. Mary Cloud says:

    I’ve never done one since my dad was adopted
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  128. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    I have not but my cousin did a few years back.

  129. I haven’t started a family tree, but have always been interested in doing so.

  130. not yet but I hsould

  131. Karrie Millheim says:

    I have no yet done a family tree but would love to

  132. i have and i found out my grandparents commited suicide together before i was born. So crazy!

  133. Yes, and I found out that I am related to George Washington!

  134. I have done our family tree at, though it is still not complete. It was interesting when I uncovered a letter written by one of my Great Grandfathers about his voyage to America and the experience he and his fellow passengers went through. It was not an easy thing to endure! Merry Christmas, everyone!

  135. I started a family tree last year and now genealogy is one of my favorite hobbies! One interesting fact I learned is that my 3rd great grandfather helped start a bunch of Swedish Lutheran churches in 3 different states!

  136. I’ve worked on a family tree some in the past, but I didn’t uncover anything surprising. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  137. I have never done a family tree.

  138. Kathleen S. says:

    I haven’t personally done a family tree, but my late grandmother did a lot of genealogy and found that our ancestors came from all over Europe.

  139. I haven’t done one, it would be interesting though.

  140. My great-uncle has done a family tree, but I haven’t gotten to see it yet because he wants to go further back and show it at the family reunion. Thanks!

  141. Teressa Kloss says:

    I have not done a family tree yet.

  142. No, I have not done our family tree. Wish I had the time;)

  143. Tracie Trump says:

    Not yet but planning to one soon, I am very interested in finding out more about my family’s roots

  144. Paula Tavernie says:

    No I have never done A Family Tree!!

  145. No, and I wouldn’t know where to start.

  146. Susan Smith says:

    No I have never done A Family Tree!!

  147. No i have not but I’ve always wanted to research my family, especially on my Mother’s side.

  148. Lisa Garner says:

    We have done a family tree and we discovered that we are related to Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis & Clark expedition.

  149. I did research with my Grandmother and Dad and learned that we are related to John Hancock who signed The Declaration of Independence with his large and stylish signature!

  150. pamela love says:

    I traced my fathers side of the family to Scottish royalty in the 1400’s. It’s a lot of fun to find out things that you never knew.

  151. Allison Downes says:

    I have never done a family tree, but I would like to.

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  152. I have not. I should though because I don’t know anything about my real dad’s family. thank you!

  153. Tim Bowers says:

    Haven’t done a family tree yet, but always been interested!

  154. Not really, my cousin did one and he made a book out of it.

  155. I have not done a family tree, but I always thought it was interesting my great grandmother was a Cherokee indian and my great grandfather was straight from Ireland.

  156. tina reynolds says:

    I have not but really need too I think it would be really interesting too see

  157. Elizabeth Ray says:

    My brother and sister-in-law have done our family tree. I was very surprised to learn there was Viking blood back there!

  158. Sara Sullivan says:

    There is some scary fruit in my family tree!

  159. I have not done our family tree but I would like to.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  160. My son had to do a family tree for school. He learned most of the people on his dads side worked manufacturing and most of the people on my side were construction. thank you

  161. susan smoaks says:

    i haven’t ever done a family tree before but it would be interesting.

  162. My husband’s father is very into genealogy and he has been working on my family tree. He’s gotten back as far as finding the ship records for relatives who came over from Scandinavia in the 1800’s. Very interesting!

  163. I haven’t, but I do have some cool pics and papers from when my great grandparents came through Ellis Island! A family tree would be something really cool to do though!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  164. No haven’t done one.

  165. Mya Murphy says:

    No I haven’t, but my family is really open about our nuts in our family tree.

  166. No, I have not done a family tree but would like to….just don’t know where to start. 🙁 Thank you. 🙂

  167. Rachel Ellis says:

    No, I haven’t done one yet. I really should though!

  168. Terry Cross says:

    I haven’t but I’d love to get started on it.

  169. Beverly Metcalf says:

    My niece is working on mine, but it’s a BIG family, so it may take some time. Thanks for having this contest.

  170. I haven’t done a family tree yet, but my cousin is working on one.

  171. I’ve never made one.

  172. Charlene Kuser says:

    I learned that one of my father’s uncles was a famous photographer

  173. On hubby’s side, 3 brothers/sisters married a brother/sister/first cousin. You want to talk intertwined relatives!!

  174. Donna Kellogg says:

    I have never did a family Tree but I am really interested in doing it

  175. Richard Hicks says:

    We have and learned we had several members who fought in the Civil War

  176. Tracy Robertson says:

    I haven’t done a family tree, but I love hearing about older relatives from an aunt who is good at keeping track of that stuff.

  177. Michelle H. says:

    My dad researched our roots. We already knew that we were related to the Lincoln family. He was able to trace our roots to the Mayflower.

  178. Thanks for the giveaway…we have done a family tree: my side of the family emigrated from Ireland in the 1820’s; we have had family members in every U.S. war since that time.

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