Getting the Family Involved in Family Research
• Frame a pedigree. Each night give a story about each generation.
• Show your ancestors on the census. Tell the family what some of the columns represent and what it tells you about your ancestors.
• Have a night to dress up like your ancestor, serve a meal they may have eaten.
• Discuss one of the Wars (American Revolution, Civil War) and explain the reasons we went to war and how it may have affected those left at home.
• Talk about advantages we have our ancestors did not, such as the telephone, refrigerators, toilets, cars, television and electronic games.
• Play a game the kids may have played.
• Draw a life size tree and put your family on the branches
• Get a map and trace your family’s migration patterns
• Make a time capsule
• Start a journal
• Start a family blog
• Interview a relative, write a story as a family about the visit
• Host a Family Reunion
• Discuss the meanings of each person’s first name and your surnames
• Learn about a Country your ancestor immigrated from
• Find your ancestor on Ellis Island
• Help your Boy/Girl Scouts with their Genealogy Merit Badge
• Fill out a Family Group Sheet
• Let the kids help find headstones at the cemetery
• Make a PowerPoint about your family
• Watch a historical movie such as Roots and discuss it
• Watch Roots Television together
• Hold a chat with family members who live out of your area
• Discuss medical treatments from the past, how does it differ from today
• Discuss the styles of clothes
• Discuss the way school was different
• Discuss the mode of transportation
• Look at your old photographs; make a scrapbook
• Show the family old documents you have collected
• Look at your ancestor’s signatures you may have on documents
• Take a trip to the genealogical library
• Show a relationship chart and explain it
• Show the Family Bible handed down or some other item you may have inherited that has special meaning to you.
• Make a pretend census using your street or neighborhood
• Use Google Earth to see your ancestor’s homeland
• Take a trip to your ancestor’s homeland
• For more tips: Genealogy for the Youth
• 101+ Fun Family History Activities for Kids
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