Boy Scout Merit Badge in Genealogy

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=== BSA Genealogy Merit Badge Requirements  ===
  
The following Web sites will help you learn about the requirements to earn a merit badge in genealogy.  
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1. Explain to your counselor what the words genealogy, ancestor, and descendant mean.<ref>"Genealogy" in ''Boy Scouts of America'' at http://scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/mb-GENA.aspx (accessed 1 September 2011).</ref>
  
*[http://scouting.org/boyscouts/advancementandawards/meritbadges/mb-GENA.aspx Official Boy Scouts of America website]
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2. Do ONE of the following:  
*http://usscouts.org/mb/mb056.asp
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*http://www.meritbadge.com/mb/056.htm
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*http://www.scoutmedia.org/
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*http://scout.org/index.php/en
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All adults interested in being a merit badge counselor should register with their local council. More information may be found at:  
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:a. Create a time line for yourself or for a relative. Then write a short biography based on that time line.
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:b. Keep a journal for six weeks. You must write in it at least once a week.<br><br>
  
*[http://scouting.org/BoyScouts/GuideforMeritBadgeCounselors.aspx Guide for Merit Badge Counselors]
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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.  
*[http://scouting.org/media/lcl.aspx Local Council Locator]
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4. Do the following:
  
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:a. Name three types of genealogical resources and explain how these resources can help you chart your family tree.
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: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.
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:c. Tell how you would evaluate the genealogical information you found for requirement 4b.<br><br>
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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:
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:a. A genealogical or lineage society
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:b. A professional genealogist (someone who gets paid for doing genealogical research)
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:c. A surname organization, such as your family's organization
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:d. A genealogical educational facility or institution
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:e. A genealogical record repository of any type (courthouse, genealogical library, state or national archive, state library, etc.)<br><br>
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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.
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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.
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8. Do the following:
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:a. Explain the effect computers and the Internet are having on the world of genealogy.
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:b. Explain how photography (including microfilming) has influenced genealogy.<br><br>
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9. Discuss what you have learned about your family and your family members through your genealogical research.
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=== Merit Badge Workbook  ===
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The following workbook is '''''not''''' required, but filling it out makes the merit badge easier to do for most scouts:<ref>from "Genealogy" in ''US Scouting Service Project'' at http://usscouts.org/mb/mb056.asp (accessed 1 September 2011).</ref>
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*[http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/Genealogy.doc Workbook (Word format)]
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*[http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/Genealogy.pdf Workbook (pdf format)]
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=== Online Resources  ===
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The ''Genealogy'' merit badge pamphlet by the Boy Scouts of America 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, learning from some of these online resources also could help a scout meet the requirements of the Genealogy Merit Badge:
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'''Requirement 1. '''
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genealogy Genealogy] explained in Wikipedia
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancestor Ancestor] explained in Wikipedia
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lineal_descendant Descendant] explained in Wikipedia<br><br>
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'''Requirement 2. '''
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*[[US Timelines - Creation and Use with Families|Timelines explained]] in FamilySearch Wiki
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*Example biograpny about [http://www.tonyhawk.com/bio.html Tony Hawk], professional skateboarder
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diary Diary] (or journal) explained in Wikipedia <br><br>
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'''Requirement 3. '''
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*[[Write a Personal History#Appendix_A.E2.80.94Questions_to_Prompt_Personal_Recollections|Examples]] of possible interview questions to choose from (about 200)
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*[[Creating A Personal History|More examples]] of possible interview questions to choose from (about 1800)<br><br>
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'''Requirement 4. '''
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*List of genealogical resources (record types) in the [[United States Record Selection Table|United States Records Selection Table]]
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*List of genealogical resources (archives and libraries) in [[:Category:United States Repositories|Category:United States Repositories]]
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*How genealogists [[Evaluate the Evidence|evaluate the evidence]] explained in FamilySearch Wiki<br><br>
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'''Requirement 5. '''
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*List of [http://www.fgs.org/societyhall/index.php genealogical societies]
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*List of [http://www.cyndislist.com/societies/lineage/ lineage societies]
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*Lists of [[Hiring a Professional Researcher#Part_III:_Reference_Section|professional genealogists]]
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*List of [http://www.cyndislist.com/surnames/ surname and family organizations]
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*List of [http://www.cyndislist.com/education/ genealogical educational facilities]
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*List of [[:Category:United States Repositories|genealogical record repositories]] <br><br>
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'''Requirement 6. '''
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*blank [http://www.byub.org/ANCESTORS/firstseries/teachersguide/pdf/familygroup.pdf Family Group Record] form (pdf format)
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*blank [http://www.byub.org/ANCESTORS/firstseries/teachersguide/pdf/pedigree.pdf Pedigree Chart] form (pdf format)
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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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'''Requirement 7. ''' Complete the required forms.
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'''Requirement 8. '''
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microform History of microfilming] especially important to genealogical research after 1938
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*[http://socialmediagen.com/computers-in-genealogy/ Computers in Genealogy] a glance at their many uses
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*[http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=7356 Genealogical Computing] earliest connections, newsgroups, and collaboration <br><br>
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'''Requirement 9. ''' Prepare a summary of what you have learned.
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=== Web Sites  ===
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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.
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*[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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*[http://usscouts.org/mb/mb056.asp US Scouting Service Project - Genealogy] new vs. old requirements, pedigree chart form, family group record form, and merit badge worksheet.
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*[http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Genealogy MeritBadge.Org - Genealogy] merit badge status, requirements, pdf workbook, and links to websites. <br><br>
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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:
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*[http://scouting.org/BoyScouts/GuideforMeritBadgeCounselors.aspx Guide for Merit Badge Counselors] information about being a merit badge counselor.
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==== Source Footnotes  ====
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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 filling it out makes the merit badge easier to do for most scouts:[2]

Online Resources

The Genealogy merit badge pamphlet by the Boy Scouts of America 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, learning from some of these online resources also could help a scout meet the requirements of the Genealogy Merit Badge:

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.

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).
  2. from "Genealogy" in US Scouting Service Project at http://usscouts.org/mb/mb056.asp (accessed 1 September 2011).