Greetings to one and all. Summer
is almost over and school will begin again. Many children have
segments of Family History and you would be the obvious choice for them
to come to. I get calls from all over the country – my cousins’
grandchildren need help with their assignments. I always make
sure to give them a story that will entice their imagination so that
hopefully they will want to know more. Last year I received a
call to help with a Boy Scout merit badge. This is another time
we have the opportunity to share our hobby with them. Try to make
it fun – download a youth appropriate family tree. Here are the
links to a couple I like to use:
The second page also includes several ideas to expand on family history
on a children’s level. Perhaps you would like to include a
timeline for them or even prepare one for your own ancestor. Here
is a site that will prepare one for you:
http://www.ourtimelines.com/create_tl_2c.html. This is predominantly US
based but does include British monarchy and world events.
If you are using the Family Search tree you can upload photos of each
of your ancestors and can print a photo pedigree chart. I have
found that this is very popular with younger ones. I start the
tree with their photo so they are excited to see themselves and their
parents. This leads to more interest in their grandparents
and great-grandparents. Whatever you do, make it fun.
Now to the Society – check our website for the upcoming speakers.
Our webmaster does a great job at keeping the website up to date.
In November we are having our Member Share evening. Please start
thinking about what you would like to share with us. We will have
the signup starting with the September meeting. Hope to see you
at this months meeting.