I am always looking for ways to get my grandkids excited about my genealogy hobby. I shove it down their throats whenever possible! My granddaughter, Phebe, wrote a book about a grandmother named Phebe for a school project. She did a great job and I was proud of her effort to be involved in the family history.
I did hear of a few new ways to involve the grandkids at RootsTech.
- One of the ideas was said jokingly, but I actually thought it was a good idea: make placemats of the family tree! It would certainly start a great conversation at Sunday dinner, don’t you think? I even found some examples at preservingheritage.blogspot.com.
- Another idea came from a talk that referenced a study at Emory University involving the “Do You Know” test. I googled it and am going to use it in the near future, again a Sunday dinner gem.
- Someone mentioned having the family do a life map activity. Each person would write down on a piece of paper as many “I remember” statements as possible within about 2-3 minutes. Then they could draw a life map using those statements. I want to do this and record the whole activity.
- Also check out this cute Time Machine book at zap the grandmagap.com.
There are lots of ideas for involving those grandkids. I will post more as I find them. Am I alone in fearing that when I die no one will be interesting in furthering our family history?