The Blogging from A to Z Challenge is to post everyday (except Sunday) in the month of April 2016 starting with the letter A and going all the way to Z. The theme I chose is Genealogy Tips. At the end I will give a related post from my blog Genealogy: Beyond the BMD.
K is for Kids
Get the kids involved! Some of my fondest memories, and what got me interested in genealogy at a young age, are of family dinners or get-togethers and all the aunts and uncles and grandparents telling stories about their younger days.
There are many ways to get the kids interested in their ancestors. Some heritage parks in Canada have summer camps for kids. My grandson went to one and he wants to go back this year. They live in the 1800's and learn how to make things from that time. A wonderful experience.
Raiden at Camp
The kids touch on family trees in school and of course they call me when they need info. One grandson was excited to learn that his 10x great grandfather came to Quebec from France in 1613. "Wait!" he said. "That's 400 years ago. Four hundred years!!" He was amazed, especially that they had to take long voyages in "fancy" wooden boats across rough seas to get here.
I found out another grandson couldn't wait til he was old enough to join the highlander cadets. He was intrigued when I told him that my grandfather also joined the highlander cadets and he would be very proud. And many of his ancestors were in the militia or the armed forces.
- Card games using ancestors pictures - like Go Fish or Memory. (They have to say the ancestor's name)
- I found a simple copy and paste code for a webpage memory game where you can substitute your ancestor photos. I did one a few years ago in December with everyone wearing Christmas hats, the kids loved playing it on their device.
Are you as lucky as I am to have your children and grandchildren interested in their ancestors? Can you think of others ways to get them interested?
Related Post: Raiden's Camp