Pod People for Genealogy Family Trees
Chart your tree with Ancestry pod people. Children can color cute little egg pod people to represent aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, Mothers and Dads and so on... Apply pod people and ancestry charts to class projects for children's social studies projects. Add color coded, self-adhesive stickers such as stars, hearts and other shapes to designate status in the family. E.G. a gold star for Mom and Dad, a heart for adopted children, etc. For ideas on designing period costumes for designing blank egg template refer to wikipedia folk costumes to start.
Teach family genealogy to children. Family tree charts are great tools for helping children visualize the family structure. Many of us have no idea of our own history beyond a generation or two. Many modern family structures no longer include traditional lineage.
- Does your child know where they stand in the family structure? Do you?
- Do you know how your historic family arrived to the place where you were born?
- Can you name an ancient relative who lived 100 years ago? 200 years? 500 years?
- Have you considered testing your DNA to determine your genetic makeup?
Decorate ancestry diagrams with markers or Crayons for an extremely rewarding and educational project for children. Give family members a genealogical memory they may treasure for a lifetime and hand down to future generations.
Family tree charts, tools and diagrams can help easily catalog your family structure. Today with DNA testing and online ancestry web sites learning about your past is easier than any time in history. You and your child will love learning about genealogical history. In fact, knowing their family history may provide comfort by giving children structure and comfort about familial connections to understand who they are and perhaps why family members clash or disagree.
Family tree research is a good family oriented project for grandparents and other interested relatives. Don't forget to include adopted family members, in-laws, ex-laws and out-laws in the clan. Like it or not, these people are part of your past and important to the ultimate development of you :-)
How to Research Your Genealogy to Create a Family Tree
The experience of researching your families genealogy can be quite enjoyable and satisfying. If the thought of research gives you a headache, envision the process as an easter egg hunt and new discovery a big chocolate bunny.
Family tree research is a lot of work but just take it one baby step at a time, then the project won't seem overwhelming.
The Family Tree chart is a useful tool for recording each branch of the family tree.
Print as many of these free family tree charts as you need and make one for each family group you are researching. Ultimately you could bind these charts into book form like a photo album for easy reading or just file in alphabetical or date order.
How to Track Your Family Tree
Here is a process that may help you arrange a workable plan:
- Free Family tree charts for children to print and color.
- Print several copies of the tree chart
- Use the Family Tree chart and make a mini-tree for each relative that you know
- Contact family members, particularly the elders and collect names of all of their relatives, and make mini trees for each of them as well
- Add to the each name their birth and death dates and locations
- Use the Internet to search for more family members:
- www.archives.gov U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
- www.pier21.ca Canadian Immigration Museum
- www.accessgenealogy.com/native/ Native American - Indian Genealogy
- www.blacksheepancestors.com genealogical prison records and insane asylum records for the US as well as genealogical prison records for the UK
- www.freebmd.org.uk Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales
- www.genuki.org.uk genealogical information for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man
- www.ellisisland.org Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation
- www.immigrantships.net Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild - also has an adoption storyboard
- www.1930census.com 1930 Census Resources for Genealogists
- www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/index-e.html (Canada)
- www.ourroots.ca (Canada) Our Roots is a library, archive, museum and school all in one
- African American genealogy and family history
- www.rootsweb.com Search Hundreds of Thousands of Family Trees
- www.usgenweb.com Keeping Internet Genealogy Free
- Many common names such as Smith or Jones may or may not be related
- Many names can have different spellings Smith, Smyth, Kelly, Kelley, Kallie, so be prepared for a spelling adventure!
Above all - have fun!
Materials To Keep On Hand
Paper Trivia: Did you know that you can only fold a sheet of printer paper in half seven times? Give it a try. It doesn't matter how thick or thin the paper is, once you get to the seventh fold, the paper will not bend or budge.
Sun catchers. To create a translucent, stained glass ornaments effect, apply a bit of lemon oil to the back sides of paper ornaments to create a.
Hang the ornaments on trees, in windows, anywhere bright colorful decorations are desired.
Construct a large paper-tree for the wall with shades of green construction paper. Draw a large tree on a sheet of easel pad paper to tack onto a wall or other flat surface, then decorate with paper ornaments.
- Types of Paper:
- Construction - many colors
- Copier - many colors
- Cardstock - many colors
- Paper tubes - TP tissue, paper towel and gift-wrap
- Foam craft sheets - many colors
- Magnet sheets - Make refrigerator magnets
- Stiff Stencil - Paint repeating patterns on items, embroidery, latch-hook rug patterns
- Felt sheets - Make filled or layered ornaments
- Some Mediums & Tools to keep handy for the creative process.
- Colorful Markers - fine to thick point
- Wax Crayons - stock up around school sales
- Water color sets - and plastic tablecloths
- Chalk - many colors
- Colored pencils - many colors
- Tempura finger paints - primary colors - mixing to discover is half the fun
- Paint brushes - fine tip to standard school size child's brush size at least.
- Straws - paper not plastic
- Tooth picks - age appropriate
- Sponges - cut into shapes or purchase for blotting paint shapes
- Needlepoint, embroidery thread and stretcher hoops
- Puffy paint and glitter - to draw words, images and shapes on cloth
- Wine corks
- Celluclay - A handy pulverized paper product that resembles clay for paper mache'
- Modeling clay - reusable, come in colors, good for making molds
- Pottery clay - Only if you expect to use a kiln
- Silicon molds and release spray
- Wooden shapes - to paint for ornaments and gifts
- Decal sheets for window decals
- Cloth scrap pieces left overs from sewing
- Clay modeling tools - ll sorts, combs, forks, dental picks, anything to make interesting cuts and patterns
- Plain tee shirts