Two years ago I purchased a bunch of trees, leaves and pumpkin stamps from MyAncestorsFound.com, much to the delight of my grandchildren. We used these stamps with an assortment of colored inks to embellish several ancestor bios I'd drawn up. Ol' Myrt here is constantly looking for ways to involve youth in family history.
Today, it seems our friends over at MyAncestorsFound.com are having a sale as these fun Rootstamps surely indicate. For all our efforts to become competent (!)researchers, there has to be room to have a bit of fun along the way. Involving my grandchildren is fun for everyone. I've previously mentioned my own grandchildren's interest in The Tigger Movie's Create Your Own Family Tree.
If you are on the same quest, check out Family Tree Kids. Tamagotchi and Family Tree Magazine have teamed up to share the excitement of family history.Kids can build their family tree, become a family detective whose tools should include among other things an atlas for finding where ancestors lived and a magnifying glass for inspecting documents and photographs.
The USGenWeb Kidz Project - "The USGenWeb Kidz Project is designed to help kids learn their way around genealogical research. If they are exploring history in school by exploring your family history, this is a great resource for them. They can post queries, to see if anyone else is researching their ancestors! They can post questions, if the answers can't find be found easily! There is even a "how to" section to help them get going! The coordinator of the USGenWeb Kidz Project
is Angela DiBlasi."
101+ has ideas about visiting a historic home in your area, and delving into favorite family recipes handed down through the generations.
The National Genealogical Society has a list of children's books that may be available through your
local public library, at the very least, on inter-library loan.
In 1998 & 1999 the Ancestry Daily New posted two columns by Michael John Neill about involving kids in family history. "To Pass it On: Bringing Genealogy to the Younger Set" provides suggestions for better story-telling while "More Genealogy For Kids" has some ideas for involving children using math skills, finding out about famous people and how to deal with skeletons in the closet.
Our friend Kimberly Powell from About.com: Genealogy talks about developing a stronger sense of family while bridging the generation gap in "Genealogy for Children:Teaching Kids to Be Ancestor Detectors". You'll find other kid-centered genealogy links here as well.
Cyndi's List - Kids has some great suggestions I would never have discovered otherwise:
- FamilyFun.com's directions for making a Family History Map.
- Sesame Street Workshop's Brother-Sister Family Tree.
Make this summer vacation the time YOU begin sharing with the younger generations.
Happy family tree climbing!
Your friend in genealogy.
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