Explore Genealogy with this Family Tree Activity
Genealogy, or the study of family history, is a tricky subject.
On one hand, technology makes it easy for genealogists to find resources and contact distant relatives. On the other hand, genealogy often relies on photos, documents, and stories passed down by family members that can easily get lost.
That’s why it’s important to pass family history down to your children. To introduce genealogy to your child, help him or her do this simple family tree activity. It’s great for elementary students and can also be modified for middle schoolers.
Click on the graphic below for details on how to complete the family tree craft.
More Genealogy Activities
Did the family tree craft get your child excited about genealogy? Try these additional activities.
- After learning the meaning of everyone’s first name, see if you can find the definition of each last name.
- Research the countries or cultures your family comes from. Locate these countries on a map.
- See which family members immigrated to the United States. When did they arrive and where?
- Place a small flag or other symbol next to family members who served in the military. Record their branch, rank, and years of service if you can find this information.
- For Thanksgiving, ask your family members what they’re most thankful for and write it below their photo on your family tree. If a family member isn’t there, write down what you think he or she would be thankful for.
- Visit, call, or send a letter to family members to interview them about their lives and the family’s history.
Genealogy Resources for Kids
Here are some additional resources on genealogy if your child wants to keep researching.
- A Genealogy Glossary to help kids understand vocabulary terms such as “ancestor,” “lineage,” and “pedigree.”
- Resources for Genealogists, such as research tips and tools, offered by the National Archives.
- A list of Family History and Genealogy resources compiled by USA.gov.
Remind your child to not to fill out forms or visit paid websites if he or she decides to look for more genealogy resources.
Let us know how your child’s family tree turned out.