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Family Tree Projects and Genealogy for Kids

Working on a family tree project for school? Maybe you’ve heard a story about a Civil War soldier in your family, or you have the same last name as someone famous and want to find out if you’re related. You’ve come to the right place! You can learn how to become a “family detective” and dig up clues about your ancestry.

Parents and educators: Find advice for getting your kids involved in family history to help with homework and resources for lesson planning here, too!

Also, be sure to check out all the fun activities over at The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids.

Kids Genealogy Resources for Parents and Teachers

WEBSITES

America’s Story from America’s Library: The Library of Congress guides kids through American history with fun facts about people, places and pastimes

AmericanAncestors Fun Family History Projects for Kids

Ancestors Teacher’s Guide: Tips for teaching kids about the lessons in each of the PBS series’ 13 episodes

AncestryK12 Resources

Boy Scouts Genealogy Merit Badge Requirements

Canada GenWeb for Kids

Cyndi’s List: Kids & Teens

Discover Your Famous Relatives

Exploring Family Heritage

Family History in the Classroom: Genealogy for Kids

Fun and Easy Family Projects

Genealogy for Kids

Get Hooked on Your Family History

Helping Your Child Learn History

Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today

National Genealogical Society Rubincam Youth Writing Competition: Annual award for 6th–12th-grade genealogists

Understanding My Family History

USGenWebKidz: A kid’s companion to the USGenWeb sites popular with grown-up genealogists.

World GenWeb for Kids

BOOKS

For a complete list of recommended titles, see “Genealogy Books for Kids (and Their Grownups)

Creating Junior Genealogists: Tips and Activities for Family History Fun by Karen Frisch (Ancestry Publishing)

Kids and Kin: The Family History Research Vacation That Involves Kids by Patricia Suter and Corinne P. Earnest (R.D. Earnest Associates, out of print)

Links to the Past Through Genealogy: Curriculum Activities for the Classroom by Midge Frazel (Linworth Learning)

Turning Little Hearts : Over 80 Activities to Connect Children with their Ancestors by Jonah and Charlotte Barnes (Cedar Fort, Inc.)

Your Travel Guide to Colonial America by Nancy Day (Lerner Publications)

Youth in Family History by Starr Hailey Campbell (Creative Continuum)

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