Ten fun projects for kids and teens!

1. Transcribe a census record.

This is fun and easy. You can transcribe your family or a random person in the census or you could transcribe records on FamilySearch or similar websites. This project works for American genealogy as well as International research. After finishing your transcription you could try to find out what happened to the people in the census. If you’re lucky and their living you could try and contact them.

2. Do a one-street study

Research your house and streets history, in America you can use public records for more recent history and census after 1940. This is fun because you get to learn about your house and maybe even find a skeleton in the closet!

3. Make a decoupage

A decoupage is a piece of  art made from many different materials, like paper or fabric. You can make one about yourself or ancestor or just a country. There is so much you can do with this project, I really recommend making it even if you’re not into making art.

4. Make a book 

Writing a book can be fun, I’m not very good at writing so when I make a book I put as many charts and pictures as I can. You can make a book about yourself or about your family. These books make amazing gifts.

5. Start a collection

Starting a collection can be fun and you can help persevere history. People collect Prayer cards, Postcards, Photos and Trading Cards.

6. Write yourself a letter for yourself in the future

I find this super fun! You’re making a historical record. The big bonus is you get to open a letter from yourself and see how much you have changed.

7. Make a Family tree for a Movie or TV Show

This is a fun idea and can help you understand the characters and how they fit into the series. It’s also a great way to get into genealogy, especially for young children.

8. Read a history book

Reading a historical book can give context to your ancestors lives. One of the most important things in family history is contextualization, it is essential to understand the world that our ancestors lived in.

9. Draw a map of where your ancestors lived

Maps are amazing for One-Place research, maps help one visualize the area in which we’re studying. 

10. Make a diorama of an ancestors house

I find this one just plain fun. But it also is a tool, by alwaying you to get into what home life would have been and if one doesn’t know a lot about one’s ancestors home then you will get to learn about the typical house in the era you’re researching.

By SlavicGenealogy

A Polish-American Genealogist. Member of The Hidden Branch, NextGen, TheirVoices Podcast. Student of The National Institute of Genealogical Studies. My Field of specialty is Western Slavic research (Polish, Czech, and Slovak). Dabbles in Irish, Romanian, Italian, and German Research. Massive lover of immigration research and always willing to step outside of my research field.

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