Genealogy, Family History and the Younger Set

The August-September 2012 issue of Canada’s History magazine has an article by Paul Jones entitled “Genealogy Can Be Child’s Play” with some good ideas for interesting children in their own genealogy and family history. You can read this at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library or on-line as Canada’s History has posted the entire article complete with links here.

It’s a shame that the excellent youth resources at the Victoria Genealogical Society (BC) website aren’t mentioned though. For that link, and links to other resources on-line for children and teens, see the BCGS own page of suggestions for interesting and encouraging the younger genealogists and family historians. If you know of other resources, please let our webmistresses know. We’ll soon be listing some books there too, including the Victoria Genealogical Society’s Who’s In Your Family Tree: A Step-By-Step Guide For The Detective In Your Family and Jennifer Holik-Urban’s Generations Branching Out book series.

Genealogy for Children and Teens – Links

For the Younger Genealogist

The Victoria Genealogical Society of British Columbia, Canada has a new book for young genealogists and a section on its website for youth, including ‘Genealogy in the
Classroom’: http://www.victoriags.org/programs.php#youth

CanadaGenWeb For Kids Project: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cangwkid

Youth Corner, Canadian Genealogy Centre – revised, January 2009: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-400-e.html

WorldGenWeb For Kids: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wgwkids

Family Tree Kids, “Family Tree Magazine” and Tamagochi: http://kids.familytreemagazine.com/kids/welcome.asp

Grow A Tree on-line or download, Family Ties, PBSKids: http://pbskids.org/wayback/family/tree/tree_tips.html

Heraldry for Kids, Royal Heraldry Society of Canada: http://www.heraldry.ca/main.php?pg=l7

Generations, by Jennifer Holik-Urban. Books and ideas on teaching genealogy to Grades 1-3, Grades 4-8 and High School. http://generationsbiz.com  Generations blog: http://blog.generationsbiz.com

Legacy Project, ‘Across Generations’, activity guides & ideas for family history related projects (and more): http://www.legacyproject.org

Kids & Teens, Links from Cyndi’s List: http://www.cyndislist.com/kids.htm

Printable family trees for younger genealogists

La Société de Généalogie des Cantons de L’Est, Free charts, some in French, including one for maternal/paternal lines and several good for children. All 8 1/2×11, pdf format (From the home page, go to the’Tutoriels’ page, then click ‘Tableaux à télécharger’): http://www.genealogie.org/club/sgce/Tableaux/index.htm

Misbach Free Genealogy Charts, including a few for children: http://www.misbach.org/pdfcharts

Your Family Tree or Family Orchard (for parents’ & step parents’ families) – based on My Big Fat Greek Wedding, ClassBrain.com also has international flags and other images for children to use on charts or other creations. ClassBrain.com: http://www.classbrain.com/artmovies/publish/article_106.shtml

Genealogy for Kids, Kids’ Turn Central. Free teddy bear trees: http://www.kidsturncentral.com/topics/hobbies/genforms.htm

Free family tree charts from Kimberly Powell; two are interactive – type the information right into the chart. About.com: http://genealogy.about.com/od/free_charts/ig/genealogy_charts

Free printable family trees with birds, picture frames, etc. Includes a family tree for adoptees. (Download and print for free; customizable pay versions and CDs available): http://www.familytreetemplates.net

Free family tree charts and other forms. Includes charts for adoptive and step families. “Family Tree Magazine”: http://www.familytreemagazine.com/basicforms

‘Tigger’ family trees, especially for children, based on The Tigger Movie: Family Tree, Disney.com: http://disney.go.com/disneyvideos/animatedfilms/tiggermovie/familytree.html

Fiction for Children and Young Adults

Genealogical Fiction List, including books for Children and Young Adults, Historical Fiction, Mysteries and Non-fiction, Julian W. Lowenstein Genealogy Department, Archive Center of Florida and Local History (.pdf format): http://www.irclibrary.org/genealogy/genealogybooks.pdf