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Genealogy Books for Kids (and Their Grownups)

By Courtney Henderson

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Books About Genealogy and Family Trees
Books About the Past
Books About Culture and Heritage
Books About Genealogy Activities for Parents and Educators

Books About Genealogy and Family Trees

Looking for a little help with family history detective work? These books will answer your questions, offer suggestions for where to find information, help you interview relatives, tell stories about other kids who’ve made family trees, and more.

Books About the Past

Did your ancestors sail across the ocean to America? Travel across the prairies in a covered wagon? Fight in the Civil War? Learn what your ancestors’ lives were like in these books.

Books About Culture and Heritage

People from all kinds of places and cultural backgrounds make up America. In these books, you can learn about your own family’s heritage.

  • American Origins series (Avalon Travel Publishing): Traces the “roots” of Chinese, English, French, Germans, Irish, Italians, Japanese and Poles in the United States
  • Annushka’s Voyage by Edith Tarbescu (Clarion Books)
  • The Peoples of North America series (Chelsea House, out of print): Books detailing the history, culture and achievements of nearly 50 ethnic groups, from The Afro-Americans to The Hungarian Americans to The West Indian Americans
  • Coming To America: The Story Of Immigration by Betsy Maestro (Scholastic Press)
  • Cultures of America series (Benchmark Books, out of print): Books on American ethnic groups, including African, Chinese, Cuban, French, Greek, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Jewish, Korean, Lebanese, Mexican, Polish and Puerto Rican
  • I Was Dreaming to Come to America: Memories from the Ellis Island Oral History Project by Veronica Lawlor (Puffin)
  • American Family Albums series (Oxford University Press): Historical “scrapbooks” of African, Chinese, German, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Mexican and Scandinavian immigrants in America

Books About Genealogy Activities for Parents and Educators

Genealogy is a great way to get kids excited about history and help them connect with relatives. This page lists books especially for parents and teachers who are working with kids on family history-related projects.

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