Ways to Interest the Younger Generation in Genealogy
I have long had an interest in getting my children and grandchildren more interested in family history and have used several methods for stimulating their interest. I then developed a presentation which details the different things my wife and I have done to make them more interested in genealogy.
One of the things that I have done is to give them gifts that are family history oriented. My three oldest grandchildren have graduated from college over the past years, starting in 2006. When our first granddaughter graduated we gave her a portable GPS for her car; but, additionally, I made her a large pedigree chart which was nicely framed. I don't recommend a pedigree chart, by itself, as the only gift. That might be pushing the limits a little! I think it works better as a supplemental gift.I also printed all the family names myself, which was quite time consuming. It was quite large (approx 30" X 40"). My wife and I were both quite surprised when we gave her the gifts, as I truly believe she appreciated and valued the pedigree chart more than the GPS. This, of course, pleased me very much. She also liked the idea that it was in my handwriting.
Avery's Pedigree Chart
When our fourth oldest granddaughter graduated from High School I prepared the following pedigree chart, which was again different from the others.
|Tori's Pedigree Chart|
I again used self adhesive clear labels which can be typed up and printed on your printer. This was a chart that I obtained from the Southern California Genealogical Society's display table at their annual Jamboree in Burbank.
I hope that these charts, even if in a small way, will educate them more about their family history which, in turn, will stimulate them to learn more.
I have several different techniques that I have used to try and interest my children and grandchildren in their family history. In later blogs, I will share more about them.
If any of you would like more information about any of the charts I have displayed, either respond to this blog or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.