14 October 2013

Genealogy and Family History Resources for Kids aka Youth aka Younger Generation (or even the young at heart)

Mascot for Houston Public Library's Clayton Kids Pages

This started out as an Upfront with NGS Mini Byte when I was introduced to Bibliography for Young People and Families by American Ancestors (previously The New England Historic Genealogical Society).  Then the research bug struck and I just had to see what other resources there were out there to help kids, youth and the younger generations (or even those new to genealogy or young at heart) dive into genealogy and family history research.

After all we are celebrating Family History Month!  The recipients of much of our research are children, grandchildren and children yet to be born or adopted into the family.  I know that the family stories that I learned as a child and young adult have stuck with me throughout my life! Those storytellers are all deceased and their stories do live on in my memories and also where I have documented them in volumes created for my family.

Start with this video, What is Genealogy? created by FamilySearch.  Talk about making the point that many "kids" might not recognize the word "genealogy" and they do know something of their "family history!"  How powerful this short video is! When you are finished there are "kid-oriented" videos which will then become available.

Some other neat resources I found are:

What neat resources for engaging kids/youth/young people in genealogy and family history are you aware of?

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