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Youth Education Resources

Family History Activities for Kids

by Dustin Axe, Youth Education Curriculum Coordinator

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

Looking for More?

Are you an educator of students K-12? American Ancestors Youth Education now offers the Family History Curriculum, a free-to access, national curriculum containing everything you need to introduce authentic family history research methods to your students in an accessible, inclusive environment.

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