As you delve further into your family history you will undoubtedly invest many hours into the pursuit. Whether that is painstakingly searching census records, gathering information from older relatives or, indeed, networking with others online, it is easy to become protective of your family tree and records. Why keep it all to yourself though? It’s easy to get your kids involved without letting them loose on your hard work.
The most beautiful and probably one of the most important aspects of tracking your family history, is the ability to share it with the young people in your life. That way, you can get them excited about their heritage and if you’re lucky, you’ll have a protégé to take the genealogical reigns in later life. So, why not make the most of Sons and Daughters Day and try a couple of MyHeritage’s top tips with your offspring?
1. Let your kids use their mobile phones for something other than texting…
With the advent of high-resolution camera phones we can take reasonable family photos without having to hand your expensive DSLR to your young ones. Why not ask your kids to take photos of the family to add to your tree? Those using iPhone OS 3.0+ or Android 2.2+ can take advantage of MyHeritage’s FamilyConnect app to upload photos directly to your family site.
2. Why not make a family tree poster with your kids?
Sure, it’s probably going to be a bit of a mess and will probably result in paint everywhere, but what better way for kids to learn about their heritage than for them to immortalise it on the biggest piece of paper in the house. Let them go wild.
3. Start a family scrapbook.
If your kids enjoy craft, this is the one for you. The key here is to make some copies of family photos so that you don’t ruin your precious images. Allow your kids to completely dictate the vision and layout for the book, so that they have both ownership and the feeling of accomplishment afterward. This is a great way to get them hooked and costs near to nothing.
4. Dig out those family recipes.
This isn’t directly family history related however, why not show your older kids how to make Granny’s Spaghetti Bolognese recipe? It’s almost guaranteed to be messy but trust us, it’s good fun. If you don’t have a family recipe, then it’s never too late to make one up!
5. Get the albums out.
No, we’re not talking about the family holiday to the Mediterranean in 2008, we’re talking about the oldest photos you own to make the biggest impression. Again, there’s no need to share the originals, but you’d be amazed how much pleasure kids have in asking, “Who on earth is that?”
These are just some ideas to get you started but there is massive scope for a whole range of other activities. Remember, by planting those seeds early on and letting your kids get hands-on with family history, you are passing down the joys of genealogy.