Maureen A. Taylor, a genealogist and genealogy.com contributor, offers several tips for parents and kids who want to create a family history. “Don’t let the children know it’s educational; let that be your secret,” she advises. Taylor suggests several helpful tips to get started:
- Show your child family photos and talk about your grandparents, aunts and uncles. You’ll be amazed at the memories that surface when you see old pictures.
- Make a list of family members’ residences, occupations, military participation and pastimes. Capture your children’s attention by focusing on appealing family history. Sports-minded children enjoy Grandpa’s tales about being a minor league baseball player. Discover a family pioneer and your family’s links to well-known Americans at www.genealogy.com/famousfolks.
- Write down ancestors names and help your child create a family tree online at www.genealogy.com.
- Set up a family home page, free at genealogy.com. Post updates and information about your reunion with queries to locate lost relatives. The page can be updated easily and is password-secure.
- Let kids suggest reunion activities using their family knowledge. How about games like Uncle Joe played or a trivia quiz to get the family reminiscing?
- Develop a questionnaire for kids to distribute. Ask kids to record favorite family stories to post on the home page. Ask kids to add new information to the online family tree.
- Ask the teacher if your child may present the family history project to the class: a great way to answer the question “What I Did on My Summer Vacation.”