Family History Activities for Youth: 12-?
Curiousity is part of human nature regardless of age. While learning about ones environment and history is accomplished through traditional schooling, discovering ones family heritage can be a fantastic fun filled journey made together over time. The following links, charts and exercises can make this journey even more interesting!
- Curious about what was happening in the world on the day you or an ancestor were born? Just enter the appropriate dates and you will learn just that!
- Over the years, decades and centuries, events happened that determined where people lived, what they did to support their family, and even if they were able to attend school. Using Ask will aid you in learning about the events that occured during the life time of an ancestor.
- Becoming an expert can be a challenge in any subject, however, with a little bit of research and reading you can be the expert on the locations where your ancestral families lived by using Wikipedia. Each article will have a section on "history" of the location. It is very important to read it as you may learn about borders changing and many other interesting facts.
- Timelines are a great way to organize and see the bigger picture in a person's life time and it helps to make sure you haven't missed a major event in their life. This online versionholds places for 6 events in a person's life. Microsoft has a download that allows you to increase the number of entries, it is available here.
- Enter the information on you and your family into a family group sheet.
- Enter information into a tree, print and frame it or start your own database using a software of your choice. There is PAF, Ancestral Quest, Legacy and Roots Magic which are all certified by FamilySearch, you will need to download the program of your choice to begin entering the data you have collected. To see or learn about other programs certified click here.
- Locate new ancestral information from various databases. Our main site at FamilySearch, RecordSearch, our test beta site and RootsWeb for just beginning.
- Look for your ancestor in the 1880, 1900 or 1920 census records. Once you locate them you can easily print it for your records or save it to your hard drive or a flash drive.
- You may want to see if an ancestor's grave is up on the web or if someone has written an article about them. Many people upload photos of tombstones to Find a Graveand various biographies can be located either in a book about the family or in various other online wikis. Be sure to use a search engine like Google to check online.
- Create an e-card and send it to a friend or a family member.
- Visit family and collect photos or ask your own family for ancestral photos, put together in a book and share.
- Create an account in Flickr and share with family.
- Create a collage of your family photos.
- Work on the Young Women's Person Progress.
- Work on the Young Men's Duty to God.
- Boy Scouts Genealogy Badge.