Searching your Roots - Genealogy for Kids
Genealogy refers to the study of the lineage of a family. It is used for tracing a family tree, or finding a specific person in the history of a family and his or her connections to other family members. In the past, genealogy was considered a very important field of study, because it could help people determine connections among noble families and find out who had the right to inheritance, titles, and even rulership. Today, many people use genealogy to get information about lost family members and relatives who were separated from them because of unfortunate events such as wars, natural disasters, plagues, and others. Those who have migrant ancestors can also find out about their ancestors who lived in foreign countries and discover their roots by tracing their genealogy.
The most effective way to trace genealogy is to construct a family tree. A family tree is a tree-shaped chart that represents family relationships. It begins with members of the most recent generation in a family lineage, and these members are usually children and infants. Kids who wish to build a family tree can start by writing down their names, dates of birth, and places of birth. On the same line, they have to record the same information about their brothers and sisters. If they do not know their dates and places of births, they can take a look at their birth certificates. A birth certificate is an important document that shows information about the birth of a child, including the full name, place of birth, date of birth, and others.
After writing down information about the latest generation in the lineage, proceed to the next level of the family tree. This level contains information about parents as well as uncles and aunts. A line has to be drawn from each child of the family to the parents. If there are many children in the family, draw a short vertical line down from each child’s information, and then a long horizontal line joining the ends of all the vertical lines. After that, draw two short vertical lines down from the horizontal line. These two lines should be placed close to each other, and one of them will link to one parent. To get information about their parents, kids can conduct an interview. They can let their parents know that they are constructing a family tree, and then, ask for the required information. Alternatively, they can ask to see their parents’ birth certificates. On the same level as their parents, they have to include information about their uncles and aunts.
After completing the second level, kids can go on to create the third level, which should include information about their grandparents as well as granduncles and grandaunts. They can use the same interview method that they used with their parents to gain information about their grandparents. If their grandparents are still alive, they can look at their birth certificates. If not, they have to ask to see their death certificates. A death certificate is a document that records information about a person’s death, such as name of the person, date of death, and place of death. Those whose grandparents have passed away must record dates and places of death on the family tree as well. When all information about their grandparents is recorded, they can proceed to writing down information about their granduncles and grandaunts on the same level.
The next level should contain information about great grandparents and their siblings. Many children have not seen their great grandparents, and it can be difficult for them to find information about them. One thing they can do is visit a website that has a census finder. A census finder is a tool that can lead to information about people who existed in the past, even back to a few centuries ago. Just type the name of a great grandparent in the search box and click “search”, and a page will appear displaying information about many people who had the same name. Kids can know which people listed under the same names are their ancestors by looking at the years in which they lived, names of spouses, and places of residence.