October is Family History Month. It a great reminder that kids and family history go together. Children want to learn about who they belong to — stories, people. It helps them to have a higher sense of self-esteem. And learning about ancestor life choices, successes, and even failures helps young people love and understand the world that they come from.
Read on for easy ways involve your children with family history ⬇
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How Family History Helps Your Child
The FamilySearch Wiki gives some incredibly good reasons why you would want to involve your son or daughter with family history —
- Gives children a sense of belonging
- A sense of their place in the world
- “Give young people something to live up to—a legacy to respect”
- “Hearing stories about what life was like in the past helps young people connect to the past”
Fun Ideas for Kids and Family History
Ancestor and Relative Interviews: Each Sunday you could add a new interview to a compiled group. Either a on-the-phone interview, or you could do a video or Skype interview. Have the child ask simple questions like —
- Where did you grow up?
- What did you do for fun when you were young?
- Where did you go to school? And what was it like?
- Did you go on a favorite vacation?
- What were your parents like?
- Do you have a few pictures when you were young that you could share with me?
Help FindaGrave or BillionGraves: Take a trip to your local cemetery to let the kids roam around but also either fulfill requests on FindaGrave for pictures of headstones … or upload pictures of graves for BillionGraves’ database through its easy app. Both provide a service, and there’s a connection to the past.
Make a Family Recipe Together: Kids love being in the kitchen. What a great (and yummy!) way to connect with your family through heirloom recipes. You can talk about the ancestor while you are making the recipe together.
Learn How to Do Research: For children who can read, there are several books to help them learn how to do family history research. This is especially interesting for children who like to investigate and put together puzzles. You can help older children get a binder, a free account at FamilySearch to put together a pedigree chart, and much more!
Who Do You Think You Are? Be a Family Tree Detective by Dan Waddell
The Kids’ Family Tree Book by Caroline Leavitt
- Fancy Nancy: My Family History by
Watch “The Tiger Movie”: It’s all about Tigger finding his family tree. Super cute!
Get a Cub Scout Merit Badge: The Cub Scouting program has a Heritages merit badge. This merit badge shows outward achievement and gives inner knowledge.