Getting Children Interested in Genealogy

Game of Genealogy

Have you ever wondered how you can get your  children interested in genealogy?

You may want to check out a board game called “The Game of Genealogy.”

Karen Richardson from “The Game of Genealogy” has graciously provided the following information:

Just as every fisherman has a story to tell about the ‘one that got away,’ every genealogist has a story to tell about the excitement, disappointment or struggle they had in trying to find that elusive ancestor.

The “Game of Genealogy” is a fun game that lets the player experience the excitement and some of the challenges of doing genealogical research. The game board features ten locations where genealogical information can be found. When a player arrives at a destination, they pick up a situation card which tells them the results of their search at that location. The situation cards describe typical experiences a genealogist would possibly have at that location in real life. For instance, some cards tell the player that they found the name they were looking for or that they found several names; some will tell the player that they must go to another location to verify the information they received; some will tell the player they did not find any information; and some cards will award bonus points for acts of kindness or assistance given to another person.

When information is found or verified it is recorded on the score card (a modified pedigree chart) and points are given for each name found or verified, and each location visited. The competitive nature of the game makes it fun for the young and old alike and provides a format for teaching families about their ancestors when stories are told and information shared.

A testimonial on the site indicates that even very young children can enjoy this game.

The game sells for $29.95 (plus $6 shipping and handling) and can be played by 2-10 people.

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“The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” on PBS

Did you watch the PBS presentation of “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” this last week?

The PBS website carries this description of the presentation: “THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics.  It is the first time in a major documentary television series that their individual stories have been interwoven into a single narrative.  This seven-part, fourteen-hour film follows the Roosevelts for more than a century, from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962.

The series was full of incredible photography, video, and did a great job of painting a portrait of the family, full of lots of information previously unknown to me.

If you missed the series, it appears you can watch all of the episodes online here:

I found the information on Eleanor Roosevelt especially inspirational.  During her lifetime, she never stopped, and it seems she never stood still.  Here’s one of my favorite Eleanor Roosevelt quotes:



What should you include in your family history book?

Sharing A Genealogy Book

Family histories come in varying shapes and sizes. No family history book is exactly like any other family history book.  Your own family history book may contain a variety of elements, but even with those elements, it still won’t be just like anyone else’s family history.

Here are some common elements that appear in many family history/genealogy books …