Family History Research

Engage Kids in Family History this Summer

Summer is upon us so what will you do in your free time to learn more about your family history?

Here are 5 Tips for Summer Family History Fun
·    Create a list of family members to search for in a cemetery. Make a scavenger hunt sheet or BINGO card for all of the family members. Have your kids help you locate the graves to complete the sheets.
·    Dig out your old recipes and prepare a baked good or meal that one of your ancestors used to make.
·    Gather together with grandparents and aunts and uncle to go through old photographs. How many people can you identify? Write the names on the backs of the photos.
·    Visit a place your family used to live or a place you grew up. Show your kids your old haunts and tell them the stories that go with those places.
·    Encourage your child to keep a journal or create a scrapbook over the summer about their daily events, what they ate, where they went, memorable moments, etc. It is important not only to research and remember the past but also preserve the present.

Are you interested in starting your family history but are not sure where to start? Visit the Generations Store and look for the Family Tree Projects for $3.99 PDF. While you are there, you can purchase the genealogy textbooks for students and adults at 20% off through June 30, 2012. The books eligible for this discount are Branching Out: Genealogy for 1st-3rd Grade Students, Lessons 1-30; Branching Out: Genealogy for 4th-8th Grade Students, Lessons 1-30; Branching Out: Genealogy for High School Students, Lessons 1-30; and Branching Out: Genealogy Adults. Just use the code IDG20JUNE at the Generations Store.

You can also find more information on The In-Depth Genealogist.

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Generations Publishes Kids’ Genealogy Textbooks

Generations publishes six new genealogy textbooks for kids. Parents, teachers, and genealogical societies looking for a how-to genealogy textbook for elementary through high school-aged students need to look no further. In Branching Out, a new series available from Generations, author and professional genealogist Jennifer Holik provides parents and educators with the tools they need to teach genealogical research skills to children and teens.

Through thirty fun and educational lessons, students will learn the foundations of genealogy and how to begin research on a level that they can understand and enjoy. Each lesson contains a clearly defined goal, all necessary vocabulary, additional reading assignments, and lesson and homework assignments to extend understanding of the concept.

The Branching Out series of books begins with six paperback textbooks which are also available as a PDF or PowerPoint download. The PowerPoint files, which were created with the visual and hands-on learner in mind, contain the same information as the textbooks with a few fun and interactive extras.

The Branching Out: Genealogy Lessons for Adults will be released in April with additional books for families, genealogical societies, and educators to be published later in 2012.

The books are available on CreateSpace in paperback form at the links provided. The PDF and PowerPoint files are available at the Generations Store at:

Branching Out: Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 1-15

Book $24.95

PDF $17.95

PowerPoint $17.95

Branching Out: Genealogy for 1st – 3rd Grade Students Lessons 16-30

Book $29.95

PDF $20.95

PowerPoint $20.95

Branching Out: Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 1-15

Book $26.95

PDF $18.95

PowerPoint $18.95

Branching Out: Genealogy for 4th – 8th Grade Students Lessons 16-30

Book $32.95

PDF $23.95

PowerPoint $23.95

Branching Out: Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 1-15

Book $29.95

PDF $20.95

PowerPoint $20.95

Branching Out: Genealogy for High School Students Lessons 16-30

Book $34.95

PDF $24.95

PowerPoint $24.95

If you live in the Chicagoland area, you can meet Jennifer and purchase books at the Fountaindale Public Library’s Author Fair on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

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Follow Friday – Chicago Related Posts

I found a couple of blog posts this week Chicago researchers should read. I hope you enjoy them!

Harold Henderson’s Midwestern Microhistory’s site: Good News For Chicago Genealogists

Cyndy Richardson’s ChicagoGenealogy: Research Insights from Study and Serendipity: What If You Could Read 50,000 Foreign Language Articles from Chicago Newspapers in English? You Can!


Enjoy! And, my new series Branching Out Kids’ Genealogy textbooks are on sale today!


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Military Monday – The Flying Tigers

Are you looking for a great holiday gift this year? Check out my book, To Soar with the Tigers, about Flying Tiger Robert R. Brouk. The book contains family information, his complete war diary, the story of his life after discharge from the AVG and death. Robert mentions many of his 3rd Squadron comrades in the book as well.

How can you get a copy?

A limited number of signed hardcover copies are available for purchase through my website. Just order from the right column.

You can visit to get a copy for your Apple IPad or unsigned hardcover copy.

Have a NOOK or Kindle? You can get copies there also!

And CreateSpace has the book in paperback.

Happy Holidays!

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