I am starting a series of worksheets that will make it easier for elementary-aged children to record basic information about their ancestors. Older children will even be able to record where that information is coming from, which is a great way to get them used to recording sources of information. Of course, documentation is a skill that has great use in many other fields of study, not just genealogy.
My vision is to create worksheets about ancestors of specific nationalities; today's sheets apply to Chinese ancestors to coincide with start of Chinese New Year this week. I also plan on creating forms specific to ancestors who served in various U.S. wars, and probably for Mayflower and Jamestown settlement ancestors.
Why create so many different forms, especially when most of the wording on the worksheets will be the same? The clip art images will make each printable unique and more visually-appealing to kids. Today's generation of children is the most ethnically-diverse the nation has ever seen. Exploring their family history involves teaching them about at least several different nationalities and/or cultures. The different worksheets will help the children better compartmentalize and remember each ancestor, and they will serve as starting points for discussing the different cultures.
In the coming weeks, look for worksheets for Polish, Irish, and Black (people of African descent) ancestry. I will always include male and female versions of each worksheet and I will include versions both with and without footnote numbers. Also, I encourage you to fill out these forms with your children and grandchildren, even if you don't know all of the information about a particular ancestor. Don't know when great-great-grandma came to America? That's ok - leave the space blank and tell the child that more research needs to be done!
Click on each image to be directed to a PDF of each worksheet. A separate sheet on which to record sources can also be downloaded from the link below.
All of the worksheets will be posted on the 'Ancestor Worksheets' page of GrowingLittleLeaves.com.
©2015, Emily Kowalski Schroeder. Worksheets for personal use only. May not be reproduced without written consent from owner.