Studying your families Genealogy can be fun for the whole family to enjoy. Discussing the family tree isn’t just for adults anymore; children enjoy learning about their ancestors at an early age. You may be wondering at what age you should begin teaching your children about their family history. The LDS family search begins when a child asks about where they came from, not the birds and bees discussion between parents and their children. This is a normal part of growing up, for a child to want to know about his or her family history, and where they come into the picture.
Although parents who work full-time and run the household may not have the time to discuss the family tree with their small children, older family members, such as grandparents, aunts, and uncles would take pleasure in telling the small children stories about their ancestors to help them understand their lineage. Many LDS family search experts give grandparents and other relatives credit for sparking the child’s interest in his or her family history, by telling stories about their childhoods and their parents.
There are many ways you can spark your children’s or grandchildren’s interests in digging up their family histories. Find activities that are appropriate for the child’s age, and learning style. Try telling your children or grandchildren stories about when you were young. I’m not talking about the long drawn-out stories of who was married to who and how many children they had, no I mean the things you did when you were their ages. You may also bring up the differences in prices now from what they were back when you were young. For example, you can tell your kids that a candy bar that costs a dollar now only cost a dime thirty or more years ago. Telling stories like this can cause children to become curious and want to learn more about their genealogies.
Stories can be shared on the ride to and from school, on a long car ride, or sitting out on the front porch on a warm afternoon. It is important to keep these stories alive, and you can do this by creating an online family tree, writing them down in a diary or electronic document, or by recording them on a digital recorder.
Cooking lessons are a great way to turn a favourite dish into a glimpse into family history for children. Since we all have our favourite foods, you can ask your children to ask your relatives for their favourites and take turns trying to cook those dishes. Be aware that some of your relatives may not remember the exact measurements, and some people have made the recipes for so long that they don’t measure anymore, so be sure to ask the relative to show you what that dash of sugar looks like, so you know how to measure it in the future. After you try the recipe, ask the relative to tell you the story behind it. This is a fantastic way to conduct your LDS family search for information about your ancestors.
Even though people can save pictures electronically with today’s ever changing technology, why not ask young children and teenagers to browse through your old photo albums. Begin by showing them their own baby pictures, then let them make their own discoveries. Young children love looking for each minute detail of the picture, whereas older kids like to know who’s in the photo, when and why the picture was taken, and the answers to more complex questions. Busy adults may not have the time to organize the pictures themselves, but children will spend countless hours viewing the pictures, creating their own stories behind the pictures and jotting down important information about their family history based on the discoveries they have made. Ask your children to scan your photos to create a digital scrapbook, or family album. You can create a free account and upload your photos to web sites such as snap fish, photo bucket, or Flickr.
Finally, ask your older children to help you set up a genealogy online. They can do this by creating a word press or BlogSpot blog, connecting with relatives and discussing family history on social media outlets such as Facebook or twitter, and even designing a family tree on web sites such as ancestry.com to spark their interest in their family history. These are some of the many ways you can get children interested in learning about their backgrounds and making new family connections as part of the LDS family search.