While most people do not become interested in researching their family history until they get older that does not mean that there is nothing for kids to do. With the right presentation and encouragement the experience can be both fun and educational.


To find the meaning of your first name.
To find the meaning of your last name.
University of North Texas Library's Portal to Texas History.
For a colorful family tree chart visit the Tigger family tree
Blank census forms and links to other genealogy forms you can use can be found here.
A vocabulary list of terms often found in genealogical research, including occupations and diseases can be found here.
Some crafts related to genealogy and other family activities can be found here.
Since your ancestors may have moved from one state to another, this website has some fun information about the geography of the United States.

Reading List

Blazing the wilderness road with Daniel Boone in American history by Carl R. Green
The Buffalo Soldiers by TaRessa Stovall 
Climbing your family tree: online and offline genealogy for kids : the official Ellis Island handbook by Ira Wolfman 
Conestoga wagons by Richard Ammon and illustrated by Bill Farnsworth.
The great ancestor hunt : the fun of finding out who you are by Lila Perl Yerkow
Journey to Ellis Island: how my father came to America by Carol Bierman 
Roots for kids: a genealogy guide for young people by Susan Provost Beller
Who's who in my family? by Loreen Leedy

Interview questions for family members

  1. What was your full name at birth?
  2. What is your birthdate and where were you born?
  3. What was your position in the family? Oldest? Youngest? Somewhere in the middle?
  4. Where did you grow up?
  5. Where did you go to school?
  6. What were the names of your mother's parents?
  7. When and where were they born and where did they live?
  8. When and where did they get married?
  9. What did they do for a living?
  10. Do you have personal memories of them?
  11. What were the names of your father's parents?
  12. When and where were they born and where did they live?
  13. When and where did they get married?
  14. What do you remember hearing about your great grandparents?
  15. Did you ever meet them?
  16. When and where did you meet your husband or wife?
  17. How and when did you get engaged?
  18. When and where did you marry?
  19. Where was your first home?

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