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How Parents Can Help Their Kids Get Excited About Genealogy

1 Dec

When I was interviewed by radio host, Bianca Tyler on Let’s Talk Mom! Radio I was asked the question
: so what are some hands on ways parents can teach their children the value of exploring their ancestry?

Parents can begin by cultivating a positive relationship with their own parents for the simple reason that grandparents can serve as a fountain of information about family history. It’s an activity most grandparents love to do. But parents can also assist kids explore their past by encouraging them to develop an inquiring mind. You might show your kids photos of family members from a previous generation and allow them to ask questions about the people in the photo. If you don’t have all the answers, you have found a perfect opportunity to do some research.

In exploring the past, make sure you include both sides of the family. Remember, each side has a history that’s important and has the potential to reveal a world of insight. Be objective. Too many families form the bad habit of deciding they don’t prefer certain relatives over others and that kind of attitude only shuts the door to valuable information.

For example, my mother, now deceased didn’t feel good about some of my father’s relatives, and as a result, we lost contact with them until later on in my life, I did some research and re-connected with them in Argentina, the place of parent’s birth. Further, I only had limited information about my father’s father, or my estranged grandfather. Only recently after doing research on the genealogy site of the Mormon Church did I learn about my great-great grandmother, Rita Uso. She had never been mentioned by my father, and I believe I’m the only member of my family that has the information as a result of researching Census records from 1869.

On the spiritual side, this information meant a great deal to me. My friend, Yoly Macias, a psychic medium that lives in El Paso has once told me the name of my spirit guide was “Rita.”

If parents want to research as far back as the 15th century or earlier, I highly recommend the Mormon genealogy site familysearch.org. Using the site as a tool can be a great benefit to learning about and creating a family tree. Direct your children to gather information from their grandparents on both sides. Encourage your children, once they begin to do research to form connections with peers working on the same task. This has become easier to undertake with the advent of social media, and the interest many teachers have in presenting genealogy tools in the classroom.