Youth Education

Family History for Kids

Below are several free, easy-to-do activities that will keep kids entertained and get them thinking about their family history. These exercises are designed to teach critical skills while encouraging kids to explore their personal connection to the past. Studies show that young people who know facts about their heritage have a stronger sense of self, which can help them perform better in school and life. Have fun!

Grandmother and child at computer

Conducting a Family History Interview

Become a Photo Detective

Family History Scavenger Hunt

Create Your Family Tree

5-Generation Chart

Glossary of Family History Terms

Make Your Own Journal

Make Your Own Pop-Up Card

Make an Ancestral Keepsake

Family History Word Search

Youth Education Resource Guide

Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings

For Educators and School Groups

Curriculum Pilot Program

For classroom teachers at the 4th-6th grade level. We are recruiting classroom teachers to pilot lesson plans with students. We want feedback to improve a national curriculum with the goal to make genealogy accessible to all students.

Research Center Group and School Visits

Bring your group to the American Ancestors Research Center! Our expert staff can provide orientations and tours of the research center, customized presentations, free student programming, and more.

Dustin Axe

Youth Genealogy Curriculum Coordinator

Dustin is a licensed teacher with more than 15 years of experience teaching a variety of subjects to students in informal educational settings.

Dustin Axe