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5 Tips to Help Your Child with Researching Their Family History

It can be difficult for children to understand their family history and where they come from. As a parent, you can help your child research their family tree to give them a better understanding of their roots. By helping your child research their family tree, you can also teach them important research and writing skills.

In this article, we will be discussing five tips for helping your child research their family tree. These tips will help you get started on your research and provide guidance on how to proceed.

Get Started Early

There's no need to wait until your child is older to start teaching them about their family history. You can begin introducing the topic when they're very young. By getting started early, you'll help your child develop a strong sense of identity and connection to their ancestors. Here are some tips for getting started:

1. Talk about your own family tree with your child. Share stories about your ancestors and what you know about them. This will give your child a starting point for thinking about their own heritage.

2) Help your child find old photos of relatives and create a Family Tree Photo Album together. As you look at each photo, tell stories about the people in them. This activity will spark curiosity and conversation between you and your child about their loved ones' past and present.

3) Use children's books as resources for learning more about family trees. "Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story" by Lisa Westberg Peters is a great example of such a book.

4) There are many ways you can help your child learn more about their family tree

5) The most important thing is to be patient and have fun with it!

Talk To Family Members

When it comes to researching your family tree, one of the best resources you have at your disposal is family members. If you’re stuck on a particular branch of your family tree, talking to relatives can give you the information you need to move forward. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of conversations with family members about your genealogy:

  1. Be prepared with specific questions. Before you start talking to relatives, take some time to think about what kind of information you want to learn. That way, when someone offers up a tidbit about Great-Aunt Mabel, you can ask follow-up questions that will help flesh out her story in your mind – and in your records.
  2. Don’t be afraid of difficult topics. Many people avoid asking certain relatives tough questions out of fear of upsetting them or causing conflict within the family. But if there’s something important that you need to know – like whether or not someone was adopted – it’s worth broaching the topic delicately but directly. You may be surprised at how willing people are to talk about sensitive subjects once they realize how much it means to you.
  3. Show respect for everyone‘s time investment. This includes both listening patiently while others speak, as well as sharing only relevant parts of your own research w h en they express interest in. No one wants to hear every last detail about your third cousin twice removed; focus on the big picture and let the individual conversations go where they may.

Use Online Resources

There are a lot of resources available online to help your child research their family tree. Here are a few tips:

  1. Start with what you know. If you have any information about your own ancestors, start there. This will give your child something to work with and build upon.
  2. Use online databases and search engines. There are many websites that allow you to search for records such as birth, death, marriage, and census data. 3) Utilize social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter. You may be able to connect with distant relatives who can provide additional information or photos

Be Patient

When helping your child research their family tree, it is important to be patient. This process can take some time, depending on how much information is available. Start by talking to older relatives and see if they have any stories or photos that could help with the research. You can also look through old documents, such as birth certificates and marriage licenses. If you hit a brick wall, don't give up! There are many resources available online and at local libraries that can help you find the information you need.

Have Fun

There is no one right way to have fun. However, there are some general tips that can help you ensure that your child has a positive experience when researching their family tree.

First, it is important to encourage your child to ask questions. Family history can be complex and confusing, so asking lots of questions is a great way for kids to learn more about where they come from.

Second, try to make the research process interactive by involving your child in activities such as looking through old photo albums or talking to relatives who might be able to share stories about their own ancestors. This will help bring the past alive for your child and make the whole experience more enjoyable.

Finally, don’t forget to celebrate what you discover together! Learning about one’s heritage can be both exciting and emotional, so take time afterwards to discuss what you’ve learned and how it makes you feel."


Are you looking for ways to help your child research their family tree? If so, you're in luck! There are a number of ways you can help your child get started on this fun and educational project.

One way to help your child is to provide them with a family tree template. This will give them a starting point for their research and help them to organize their findings. You can also help them by providing resources such as family history books, online databases, and websites.

Another way to help your child is to encourage them to ask questions. Talk to them about what they want to know about their family and help them to come up with a list of questions to ask relatives. You can also help them to find answers to their questions by doing some research yourself.

Finally, you can help your child by sharing your own family history with them. Talk to them about your own ancestors and share any stories or photos you have. This will not only help them to learn more about their own family but will also give them a better understanding of where they come from.

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Carol Walsh

Article by Carol Walsh

Carol Walsh is the CEO of Creative Roots, a professional genealogy company. She has a passion for preserving family history and storytelling. Carol's research methodology centers around fact-finding and publishing in a format that readers can use to preserve the stories. Her ultimate goal is to help families connect with their past and each other.