Resources for Junior Genealogists

By Allison Dolan Premium

Grown-up Guidance

Bringing History Home: Local and Family History Projects for Grades K-6 by M. Gail Hickey (Allyn and Bacon)

Genealogy for Children by Liana Brittain (Educational Support Personnel from <˜ljbritt/>)

Kids and Kin: The Family History Research Vacation That Involves Kids by Patricia Suter and Corinne P. Earnest (Russell D. Earnest Associates)

Books Just for Kids

A sampling of instructional and activity books to help children start exploring family history topics:


Climbing Your Family Tree: Online and Offline Genealogy for Kids by Ira Wolfman (Workman Publishing)

Family History: A DK First Activity Pack by Chris and Melanie Rice (DK Publishing)

The Family Tree Detective: Cracking the Case of Your Family’s Story by Ann Douglas (Firefly Books)

The Great Ancestor Hunt: The Fun of Finding Out Who You Are by Lila Perl (Clarion Books)

Genealogy Just for Kids! by Sherrie A. Styx (Styx Enterprises)

Kids and Grandparents: An Activity Book by Ann Love and Jane Drake (Kids Can Press)

Me and My Family Tree by Joan Sweeney (Dragonfly)

My Family Tree Workbook: Genealogy for Beginners by Rosemary Chorzempa (Dover Publications)

My Grandmother and Me (Kids Can Press): Fill-in memory scrapbook; grandfather, mother and father editions are also available.

Roots for Kids by Susan Provost Beller (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors by Maureen Taylor (Houghton Mifflin)

Oryx American Family Tree Series (Oryx Press): Genealogical guides for students, covering 12 ethnic ancestries.

Who’s Who in My Family? by Loreen Leedy (Holiday House)

American history

Across America on an Emigrant Train by Jim Murphy (Clarion Books)

The American Girls Collection (Pleasant Co.): The adventures of seven “American Girls” and their families illustrate 19th-and 20th-century history.

Children of the Gold Rush by Jane G. Haigh and Claire Rudolph Murphy (Roberts Rinehart Publishing)

The Civil War for Kids: A History with 21 Activities by Janis Herbert (Chicago Review Press)

Daily Life in a Covered Wagon by Paul Erickson (Puffin Books)

…If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann McGovern (Scholastic)

…If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine (Scholastic)

…If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island by Ellen Levine (Scholastic)

Inside Laura’s Little House: The Little House on the Prairie Treasury by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson (HarperCollins)

One-Day Trips through History, second edition, by Jane Ockershausen (Howell Press): Heritage adventure ideas in the Washington, DC, region.

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

Picture the American Past series (Lerner Publications): Describes kids’ experiences on orphan trains, at Indian boarding schools, on the World War II home front and during the Civil Rights era.

Ethnic heritage

American Origins series (Avalon Travel Publishing): Traces the “roots” of Chinese, English, French, Germans, Irish, Italians, Japanese and Poles in the United States.

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.

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.

American Family Albums (Oxford University Press): Historical “scrapbooks” of African, Chinese, German, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Mexican and Scandinavian immigrants in America.


Find it on the web

America’s Story

<>: The Library of Congress guides kids through American history with fun facts about people, places and pastimes.

“Ancestors” Teacher’s Guide

<>: Tips for teaching kids about the lessons in each of the PBS series’ 13 episodes.

Ask Jeeves Kids <>: Filtered search engine especially for kids.

Boy Scouts Genealogy Merit Badge Requirements


Canada GenWeb for Kids


Cyndi’s ListKids & Teens

<>: Nearly 100 links. Family History Package


Fun & Easy Family Projects


Genealogy for Kids


Genealogy Instruction Beginners, Teenagers and Kids


Genealogy Today — Junior Edition


Helping Your Child Learn History


Hometown History Program

<>: Teaching Girl Scouts about their community’s past.

INS Teacher and Student Resources

<>: Links to information about US immigration history. A kid’s corner is under construction.

Kids’ Castle

<>: Explore history, personality and the world at this Smithsonian magazine site for kids.


<>: Create a personalized 32-page children’s book that tells the story of an ancestor or relative; for more information, call 866-MYTALES.

My History Is America’s History Kids’ Corner


National Genealogical Society’s Rubincam Youth Award

< htm>: Annual award for 8th-through 12th-grade genealogists. The winner receives $500 and a one-year NGS membership.

What is Genealogy?

< Forest/5283/genekids.htm>: Instructions for getting started.

World GenWeb for Kids


 From the October 2001 issue of Family Tree Magazine