Boy Scout Merit Badge in Genealogy

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The ''Genealogy'' merit badge pamphlet is the primary starting place to learn about genealogy and how to complete the requirements for this merit badge. However, if you are interested in further information, try some of these online resources available to help a scout meet the requirements of the Genealogy Merit Badge include:  
  
 
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*List of [http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-genealogy-family-tree-software.htm#Quick_Selection_Guide free genealogy software] that can generate filled-in genealogical forms<br><br>
 
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For the remaining requirements see the ''Genealogy Merit Badge'' booklet.  
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'''Requirement 8. ''' Study the ''Genealogy'' merit badge pamphlet to learn about the role of computers in genealogy and the role of photography.
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=== Web Sites  ===
 
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The following Internet sites will help you learn about the requirements to earn a Boy Scout merit badge in genealogy.  
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The following Internet sites will also help you learn about the requirements to earn a Boy Scout of America merit badge in genealogy.  
  
 
*[http://scouting.org/boyscouts/advancementandawards/meritbadges/mb-GENA.aspx Boy Scouts of America - Genealogy Merit Badge] requirements, books, magazines, archives and libraries, genealogical societies, links to genealogy websites, and software.  
 
*[http://scouting.org/boyscouts/advancementandawards/meritbadges/mb-GENA.aspx Boy Scouts of America - Genealogy Merit Badge] requirements, books, magazines, archives and libraries, genealogical societies, links to genealogy websites, and software.  

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BSA Genealogy Merit Badge Requirements

1. Explain to your counselor what the words genealogy, ancestor, and descendant mean.[1]

2. Do ONE of the following:

a. Create a time line for yourself or for a relative. Then write a short biography based on that time line.
b. Keep a journal for six weeks. You must write in it at least once a week.

3. With your parent's help, choose a relative or a family acquaintance you can interview in person, by telephone, or by e-mail or letter. Record the information you collect so you do not forget it.

4. Do the following:

a. Name three types of genealogical resources and explain how these resources can help you chart your family tree.
b. Obtain at least one genealogical document that supports an event that is or can be recorded on your pedigree chart or family group record. The document could be found at home or at a government office, religious organization, archive, or library.
c. Tell how you would evaluate the genealogical information you found for requirement 4b.

5. Contact ONE of the following individuals or institutions. Ask what genealogical services, records, or activities this individual or institution provides, and report the results:

a. A genealogical or lineage society
b. A professional genealogist (someone who gets paid for doing genealogical research)
c. A surname organization, such as your family's organization
d. A genealogical educational facility or institution
e. A genealogical record repository of any type (courthouse, genealogical library, state or national archive, state library, etc.)

6. Begin your family tree by listing yourself and include at least two additional generations. You may complete this requirement by using the chart provided in the Genealogy merit badge pamphlet or the genealogy software program of your choice.

7. Complete a family group record form, listing yourself and your brothers and sisters as the children. On another family group record form, show one of your parents and his or her brothers and sisters as the children. This requirement may be completed using the chart provided or the genealogy software program of your choice.

8. Do the following:

a. Explain the effect computers and the Internet are having on the world of genealogy.
b. Explain how photography (including microfilming) has influenced genealogy.

9. Discuss what you have learned about your family and your family members through your genealogical research.

Merit Badge Workbook

The following workbook is not required, but it helps make completing the merit badge easier for most scouts:

Online Resources

The Genealogy merit badge pamphlet is the primary starting place to learn about genealogy and how to complete the requirements for this merit badge. However, if you are interested in further information, try some of these online resources available to help a scout meet the requirements of the Genealogy Merit Badge include:

Requirement 1.

Requirement 2.

Requirement 3.

  • Examples of possible interview questions to choose from (about 200)
  • More examples of possible interview questions to choose from (about 1800)

Requirement 4.

Requirement 5.

Requirement 6.

Requirement 7. Complete the required forms.

Requirement 8. Study the Genealogy merit badge pamphlet to learn about the role of computers in genealogy and the role of photography.

Requirement 9. Prepare a summary of what you have learned.

Web Sites

The following Internet sites will also help you learn about the requirements to earn a Boy Scout of America merit badge in genealogy.

All adults interested in being a merit badge counselor must first register with their local Boy Scouts of America council. More information may be found at:

Source Footnotes

  1. "Genealogy" in Boy Scouts of America at http://scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/mb-GENA.aspx (accessed 1 September 2011).