24 April 2016

Kids Family History Activities


Getting kids involved with genealogy can be a tough sell. My kids humor me when I want to hang out in a cemetery, but I don't think they'd ever suggest going to one on their own. For our local Family History Fair I made a display with some ideas of activities you could do your kids to get them more with family history. I hope you like some of the ideas.

Activities for Kids
Share stories from your family history, or your own history
Learn what your names and surnames mean
Make or color a family tree
Learn a few words and phrases in your ancestral language
Create a timeline for either your family or an ancestor’s life
Record family stories
Fill out a family group sheet or detailed pedigree
Fill out a “My Family” booklet
Interview and older family member
Visit ancestral places, live or virtually
Watch the Tigger Movie
“Guess Who” game with old family photos
Genealogy Bingo
Make photo ornaments to hang on a “Family Tree”
Turn a family photo into a puzzle (DIY or through an online service)
Make a family cookbook. Make the foods and take photos for your book.
Map your family history, use a paper map or online
Cemetery Scavenger Hunt
Illustrate a family history story (comic book style works too)
Fill out notebooking pages about family history (examples Here and Here)

Activities for older kids and teens
Learn to use FamilySearch (or Ancestry, MyHeritage, FindMyPast...): 
     o     Add sources to someone on your tree
     o     Search for records or use the record hints
     o     Add a photo in FamilySearch
Use Puzzilla.org to find cousins
Use social media to find living relatives
Photograph headstones in a cemetery, or transcribe photographs of others
Give indexing a try