4 Great Reasons to Teach the Family Tree
Fun Summer Learning and Home Based Education
by Annie St. Francis
1. Genealogy is a fun, family-friendly activity for people of every age. Building the family tree together is a great way to connect family members across generations.
2. Teaching the family tree to children gives them a sense of who they are, and the important foundations that make up their ancestries. It’s also a wonderful way to teach history, geography, and culture in the context of life.
3. Genealogy promotes curiosity, and inquiry. It provides a platform also for teaching research, critical thinking skills, and organizational strategies.
4. In the stories of an ancestral family tree are the tales of challenges and triumphs. The invaluable lessons of how difficulties are overcome is among the most important way to teach children to be solution-focused, positive individuals, members of their families, and of their larger communities too.
Summer is approaching quickly, and this is an excellent time to begin planning the activities that will help keep your child constructively focused, actively engaged and learning, and growing in every good way. Among the ideas you might consider…
* Have fun finding the historical homes of ancestors on maps.
* Trace the travel routes for family who migrated to new homelands.
* Create timelines for your family members that record their lives alongside other important events.
* Imagine life during a time in the past when conditions were quite different than they are today.
* Identify the people in family photographs, and write about your memories of them or those shared by another family member.
* Interview family members, asking them to recall happy memories, great adventures, and life perspectives.
Here are some book titles to help you get started on your genealogy journey!
The Family Tree Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy
By Kenyatta D. Berry
The popularity of studying our family history has been fueled by popular TV shows like Genealogy Roadshow, Finding Your Roots, and Who Do You Think You Are? The ability to access records online has opened up the one time hobby for genealogy enthusiasts to the mainstream.Knowing your ancestry is more than just ethnic percentages it’s about creating and building a story about your family history. The Family Tree Toolkit is designed to help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming and sometimes treacherous waters of finding your ancestors.Here is a roadmap to help you on this journey of discovery, whether you are looking for your African Asian, European, or Jewish ancestry. The Family Tree Toolkit guides you on how and where to begin, what records are available both online and in repositories, what to do once you find the information, how to share your story and of course DNA discoveries.
By Allison Dolan and Diane Haddad
From the editors of Family Tree Magazine, this workbook makes it easy to record and organize your family history.Family Tree Memory Keeper helps you keep track of basic genealogy information and special family memories, including traditions, heirloom histories, family records, newsworthy moments, family migrations and immigrations, old recipes, important dates, and much more. This book features: – Dozens of fill-in pages to record all your essential family information.- Convenient paperback format for writing and photocopying pages.- Space for mounting photographs.- Maps to mark your family’s migration routes.- Tips for researching your family history.- A comprehensive list of additional resources.
By Diane Haddad and Family Tree
The answers to all your genealogy questions in one place This convenient, timesaving collection of genealogy hacks gathers the best resources, tips, lists, and need-to-know facts from the experts at Family Tree Magazine. Inside, you’ll find fast facts about a variety of family history topics, such as important dates in US history, the different kinds of DNA tests, and how to use the best genealogy websites. Inside, you’ll find: – Key genealogy lists and statistics: common genealogy abbreviations and acronyms, a glossary of genetic genealogy terms, genealogy pitfalls to avoid, and more – Strategies for tracking your ancestors in important documents (including census records, passenger lists, and military records) and performing important genealogical tasks (such as searching Ancestry.com) – A size perfect for carrying with you wherever your research may lead
By Elizabeth Shown Mills
Evidence Explained guides us through a maze of sources not covered by other citation manuals—all kinds of original records, accessed through various media. More than a thousand examples for U.S. and international documents demonstrate how to handle the quirks that stump us when we use those materials. Evidence Explained is the go-to guide for everyone who explores the past. Evidence Explained is built on one core principle: We cannot judge the reliability of any information unless we know exactly where the information came from; and the strengths and weaknesses of that source. Beyond this, Evidence Explained differs significantly from other citation guides in several ways. (Available through our Biblio.com affiliate LINKED HERE)
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