Findtree Holiday Activities for Children

Family History makes an excellent holiday activity for children. As well as supporting many educational goals, it also helps to bring history alive and lets them get a real feeling for where they came from and their own place in the world!

But most important of all, family history can be FUN! This page is full of fun things to do, to help you build up your own family history. It's got helpful sheets of questions to ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles - even your great grand parents and beyond if you are lucky enough to have any - and any other relatives so you can find out about the world they lived in as well as useful sheets for you to record this information and build up your own family tree!

All the forms to help you are Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files, like you find on lots of other websites. You will need to have the Acrobat Reader installed on your PC to view them and print them out. If you don't already have it, you can download it here.

Getting Started

Starting your family history project is easy. The first step is to make a list of all the relations who might be able to tell you something about where you came from. This usually means Parents, Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents. If you are very lucky you might have Great Grandparents. Some of these people will be able to remember back to your Great Great Grandparents, or even further!

Your list should begin with your parents. They will be able to tell you a lot about the world just before you were born. Next you want to list the Parents of your Parents or your Grandparents. Most people have two Parents and four Grandparents

After you have listed your grand parents you will need to add the names of their parents, your great grandparents, to the list If you have two parents and four grand parents you will have eight great grandparents whose name you will need to find. It is unlikely that any one person will know all of these names. You will have to ask a variety of people.

From your eight Great Grand parents you will need to find the names of the sixteen people who were their parents or your Great Great Grandparents. If you can't find all of their names don't worry. It just means there will be some gaps in your final charts.talk to.

Use the Family Members Record Form to help you with this.

Next Steps

By now, you should have quite a big list of names of people in your family. But history is not just about names and dates. What makes it interesting is the people and their stories. The really exciting part of your family history project comes from finding out about these people in your Family History, about their lives, what the world was like and how they remember it changing.

When you talk to your relatives about which other family members they can remember, you can also talk to them about their lives and their memories. Here are some questions you could start by asking them; we're sure you'll think of others that you'd like to ask too!

  • When were you born?
  • Where were you born?
  • What sort of place was it?
  • Which other places did you live in?
  • Why did you move?
  • What were your parents' names?
  • What were their jobs?
  • Did you have any pets?
  • What were your friends' names?
  • What games did you play with them?
  • What were your hobbies?
  • Where and when did you meet your husband/wife?
  • Where and when did you get married?
  • What were fashions like then?
  • What were cars / trains / buses like then?
  • What music did you listen to?
  • What's the biggest change you've seen in the world?
  • How is life different from when you were my age?
To help you keep all this information, you can use some of these forms. We've created different forms for different types of people. Download and print a form for each individual person you find out about:
My information,
Information about a parent,
Information about an aunt or uncle,
Information about a grandparent,
Information about a great-grandparent,
Information about a great-great-grandparent.

Finally

By now, you should have a fabulous collection of information about lots of people who make up your family! Names and dates, places and faces, times and memories.

Why not put all the members of your family into a Pedigree Chart. This is a type of picture often used in Family History to show how the members of a family fit together. You can use the information in your Family Members Record Form and your collection of Information forms to list their names and dates of birth.

Download the Pedigree Chart.

Your Family History project is now almost complete. To finish it off, you could put all your forms together to make your own Family History report. Maybe you could write the story of your family and how the world has changed around it. However you present it, it is sure to be a fascinating and valuable source of information that you can share with your family, friends and school.

But remember, Family History never really stops. Your family is growing and changing all the time. You can keep adding to it whenever you see your family members again and they tell you something new, or maybe if new members arrive in your family, like brothers & sisters or cousins.

We hope you've enjoyed researching your Family History with this project!

 
 
 
 
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