Engaging the Next Generation: A Guide for Genealogy Societies and Libraries

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 234 pages
Author: J. Holik
Year: 2018
ISBN: 9781938226625
Other: 2nd ed., glossary, appendixes
Publisher: World War II Research & Writing Center

'Engaging the Next Generation' is written specifically for groups looking to create youth programs. 

Part I allows genealogy societies and libraries to create youth programs based on example outlines, example speaking text, and project ideas in the book, while Part II allows genealogy societies and libraries to build larger programs using the thirty lessons provided in the Branching Out series. Part II can also be used to teach beginning genealogy in public schools.

The book covers everything from "what is genealogy, and why should I care?", to where to begin and how to fill in a pedigree and family group chart. Interviews, home sources, records and stories are all covered as well. There are word searches, crosswords, a scavenger hunt and more.

Although it is aimed at genealogy societies and libraries, this book is ideal for anyone wanting to introduce family history to a younger generation.

How to use this book
Why and how to engage the next generation

Part 1
One-hour workshops for 1st-3rd grade students
One-hour workshops for 4th-8th grade students
One-hour workshops for high school students
Half-day workshops for 4th-8th grade students
Half-day workshops for high school students

Part II Branching out: Genealogy for 4th-8th grades students
Items Needed
Lesson 1. What is genealogy, and  why should I care?
Lesson 2. Where do I start, and what do I need?
Optional Projects
Lesson 3. Genealogy databases
Lesson 4. The family group sheet
Review Lessons 1-4
Lesson 5. Interviewing
Lesson 6. Write a story
Lesson 7. Evaluate the information
Lesson 8. Home Sources
Lesson 9. Hidden sources
Lesson 10. Primary sources and citations
Lesson 11. Secondary sources
Lesson 12. Evidence, Fact and Proof
Lesson 13. Vital Records
Lesson 14. Census records
Lesson 15. Start a diary
Review Lessons 13-15
Final Project Lessons 1-15
Lesson 16. Health and the mysteries of death
Lesson 17. Occupations
Lesson 18. Probate records
Lesson 19. Land records and maps
Lesson 20. Military records
Lesson 21. Religious and cemetery records
Lesson 22. Immigration
Lesson 23. Naturalization records
Lesson 24. Newspapers
Lesson 25. Research plans and logs
Example research plan
Example research log
Lesson 26. Timelines
Lesson 27. Examine it once, twice and again
Lesson 28. Travel
Lesson 29. Organizing paper and digital files
Lesson 30. Putting it all together
Appendix A. Websites and books
Appendix B. Worksheets
 - Source summery sheet
 - Home sources worksheet
 - Hidden sources worksheet
 - Story worksheet
 - What is genealogy worksheet
 - Why should I care?
 - Family interview worksheet
 - Student interview worksheet
 - Scavenger hunt
Appendix C. Answer key
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