Teacher Consulting Group

Take family history education to new heights

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The country’s leading resource for comprehensive family history research is assembling a group of teachers, curriculum specialists and other experts to help create a national curriculum for genealogy. The New England Historic Genealogical Society—in partnership with Software MacKiev (the company behind Family Tree Maker)—is creating a Teacher Consulting Group that will move family history education to new heights.

Members of the Consulting Group will contribute lesson plans and help develop effective strategies for teaching family history in the classroom. Members will gain access to professional genealogists and brainstorm ways to incorporate authentic genealogical methodologies and resources into classroom activities. All lessons and strategies will be compiled and synthesized into a curriculum and made available to teachers by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

The Teacher Consulting Group will:

  • Take family history education to new heights
  • Contribute creative lesson plans for a national curriculum
  • Share and develop inclusive teaching strategies that make family history accessible to students with any background and family configuration
  • Bridge the gap between the classroom and professional genealogical scholarship, collections, and methodologies in meaningful ways

Benefits to Members

  • Stipend of $2,500
  • Content instruction from expert genealogists and guest speakers at the top of their field
  • Peer-to-peer interaction (via Zoom) with other members of the group to exchange ideas and to learn from each other
  • A free consultation with a professional genealogist to assist with your personal genealogy research

Ideal Members

  • Experienced educators (current or retired) who can share and develop creative family history lessons
  • You can share and develop inclusive teaching strategies that are welcoming to students with a variety of family experiences and diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Members will be selected from a variety of content areas and grade levels from across the nation


The consulting group will gather for three workshops via Zoom to exchange ideas and to learn from each other. We will discuss common challenges when doing family history in the classroom and brainstorm practical and actionable ways to make family history welcoming for all students. There will be guest speakers and professional genealogists to provide content and instruction.

Workshop #1

Saturday, September 19
12:00 to 3:00pm ET

Workshop #2

Saturday, October 3
12:00 to 3:00pm ET

Workshop #3

Saturday, October 24
12:00 to 3:00pm ET


  • Contribute lessons by either writing new ones and/or contributing ones you already have
  • Improve lessons through a peer-review process and submit them in a template
  • Share resources, ideas, and expertise with other members of the group
  • Participate in workshops

Questions: Contact our Youth Genealogy Curriculum Coordinator, Dustin Axe at dustin.axe@nehgs.org.

Apply by August 15