VGS GENEALOGY SCHOOL - FAMILY HISTORY CLUB

Extra genealogy activities, projects and links for enthusiasts

Here you're encouraged to send us your family research story for our bulletin board,
write your own family stories, keep a journal, and access additional genealogy resources.

Provided by the Victoria Genealogical Society (VGS), Victoria, BC, Canada


INTRODUCING GENEALOGY AT YOUR CLUB

Youth Genealogy Activity BookWondering how to get started? We have a step-by-step guide and activity book that is fun to complete.  You'll be proud to share it with your family and friends.

Who’s In Your Family Tree?    A step-by-step guide for the detective in your family.
Written by Merv Scott.  Published by the Victoria Genealogical Society

The book has 16 pages which leads the reader through an introduction of genealogy, including activities like filling in a family tree chart, interviewing their family, finding the origin of their surname on the internet and more. The book also offers a write in (or e-mail in) ‘Youth Family History Research Challenge’ where those entries selected will be published in our Victoria Genealogical Society Journal.

You can order online (using Paypal or a credit card) or email the Victoria Genealogical Society.
Price: $5.00 + shipping (Canadian dollars - taxes included).

Family history societies and youth organizations may be authorized to re-sell this book as part of their own fund raising campaign.  Email projects@victoriags.org to request this authorization or for more information on fund raising and volume discounts for bulk orders.

 

 

FUN WITH GENEALOGY ACTIVITIES and PROJECTS

WATCH AN ANIMATED INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY

Family History - Made Simple - presented by FamilySearch.org on YouTube.

Links to other genealogy videos can be found on our Computer Lab page.

 

CHECK OUT OUR AWESOME FAMILY HISTORY ACTIVITIES!

1-2-3 GO! - First Steps in Learning Genealogy - Have you ever looked at the people in the old photos of your family album and wondered who are these people and how are they related to me? Finding the answers to these questions is what a genealogist does. When you have completed "1-2-3 GO!", you will have followed the same beginning steps a genealogist would take and you will be your family’s historian!

My Family! My Story! - Genealogy Project Series - You inherit many things from your family. Maybe your eyes are like your grandmother’s or your hair is the same colour as your father’s. Perhaps you have a beautiful singing voice like your mother or you love the outdoors like your grandfather. By learning about a family heirloom you will discover stories about your family. By preparing a poster of old and new family photos you will be able to compare life today to the lives of your ancestors. Finally you can write your own story which will become part of your family’s story.

 

TAKE OUR YOUTH WRITE-IN CHALLENGE

Email us your favorite story about one of your ancestors and we may publish it in our Victoria Genealogical Society Journal, making you a published author!

Teachers and Youth Organizations are welcome to have their classes participate in this challenge as well. Keep your entry to less than 500 words and submit your entry to vgs@victoriags.org

 

GOT A PHOTO OR STORY TO POST IN "KIDS IN THE HALL"?

Email your digital photo to projects@victoriags.org and tell us what Genealogy activity you are doing in the photo and we may select it and post it on our website.

We also love to hear from you about how your genealogy research is going and any unusual or exciting things you have found out.  Are you having lots of fun?  Send us an email at projects@victoriags.org and we may select it for posting on our bulletin board here on this site.

 

MAKE A FAMILY HISTORY SCRAPBOOK, SHARE PHOTOS & VIDEOS ONLINE, AND MORE!

Scrapbooking is a fun way to tell your family story, so why not make your own? 

Or use a free app from Disney to share slideshows of your family photos and videos with others.  Perhaps you want to record your parents, grandparents and other relatives when you talk to them about your family history.  Or make a movie when you have a family gathering.  Or perhaps you want to be like a reporter and explore places where your ancestors went to school, or worked or lived.  Then share these with your family.

These excellent craft and "family fun" activity ideas are presented by the folks at spoonful.com - check them all out:

Family History Scrapbook Page

Family Story Comic Book

Use the free Disney "Story" app to share family photos, videos, stories and events online, such as:
A Summer Weekend At the Beach: Sharing a Family Vacation with "Story"

How to Tell Your Family's Story Through Food

Make a "Did You Know?" Box

Get in on the Act - A Family Play

 

ROAD TRIP!

Want to bring your class or Youth Club to the Victoria Genealogical Society’s Resource Center in Victoria, BC?  If you live in the Greater Victoria area, or plan on visiting, send your request to vgs@victoriags.org. We’ll help you make it happen!

 

FIND THE MEANING AND ORIGIN OF YOUR NAME

Enter the search phrase "free surname origin databases" in your internet browser and see if you can find a database that explains the meaning and origin of your surname (last name).  For instance: find the link for the surnamedb.com and look up your own last name.

Sometimes a surname has more than one meaning or origin, which helps to explain why everyone with the same last name is not necessarily related.  Does the information you find give you any clues for other ways to continue researching your family origins?


SHARE YOUR FAMILY TREE FINDINGS AT A FAMILY REUNION

There are many internet sites that can help you organize a Family Reunion like Kimberly Powell’s 10 Fun Family History Activities for Family Reunions posted on genealogy.about.com.

 

WANT TO GO ON A GENEALOGICAL TREASURE HUNT?

Here’s a long list of tips to help you discover family treasures.  "A Genealogical Treasure Hunt" is presented by Family Education.com and the Ellis Island Foundation.

 

THE BIGGER PICTURE

Want a project that could be life altering?  Want to learn more about what your ancestors lives and the world  they lived in were really like?  Genealogists often go beyond the recording of family facts.  They also research information about the places, occupations, living conditions, world events, and even the level of technology in each era to better understand what affected their ancestors.  Now you can too!

Check out the following ideas for learning more about the bigger picture!

Remembrance Project
Pam Calvert’s highly acclaimed Remembrance Project was first introduced at Travalgar High School in Oakville, Ontario. This project offers several ideas using Library and Archives Canada’s genealogical military documents.

“Above and beyond the call of duty” – Medal of Honor Projects
This link offers some very special ideas being used at Roncalli Middle School in Pueblo Colorado, USA. Click on ‘Adopt a Recipient’ or one of the other options and see how your club could use genealogical military records in celebrating Medal of Honor recipients.

 

ADDED FUN

Check out our own Playground page for more fun family history games and activities.

 

HELP!

"WHO ARE YOU GOING TO CALL?"

Want a Genealogy Expert to come to your school or club in the Greater Victoria area? Email your request to vgs@victoriags.org