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Curiousity is part of human nature regardless of age. While learning about ones environment and history is accomplished through traditional schooling, discovering ones family heritage can be a fantastic fun filled journey made together over time. The following links, charts and exercises can make this journey even more interesting!
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Curiousity is part of human nature regardless of age. While learning about one's environment and history is accomplished through traditional schooling, discovering one's family heritage can be a fantastic, fun-filled journey made together over time. The following links, charts and exercises can make this journey even more interesting!
  
== [[Image:Moon-landing.jpg|197x215px]]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Your Place in History  ==
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== Your Place in History  ==
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*Curious about what was happening in the world on the '''[http://www.kakophone.com/kakorama/EN/index.php day you or an ancestor were born]'''? Just enter the appropriate dates and you will learn just that!  
 
*Curious about what was happening in the world on the '''[http://www.kakophone.com/kakorama/EN/index.php day you or an ancestor were born]'''? Just enter the appropriate dates and you will learn just that!  
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*''Timelines'' are a great way to organize and see the bigger picture in a person's life time and&nbsp;it helps to make sure you haven't missed a major event in their life. This '''[http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/materials/timeline/ online version]'''holds places for 6 events in a person's life. Microsoft has a download that allows you to increase the number of entries, it is available '''[http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/timeline-TC001016266.aspx here]'''.<br><br>
 
*''Timelines'' are a great way to organize and see the bigger picture in a person's life time and&nbsp;it helps to make sure you haven't missed a major event in their life. This '''[http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/materials/timeline/ online version]'''holds places for 6 events in a person's life. Microsoft has a download that allows you to increase the number of entries, it is available '''[http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/timeline-TC001016266.aspx here]'''.<br><br>
  
== Your Genealogy&nbsp; [[Image:Gen-2a.jpg]] ==
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== Your Genealogy ==
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*Enter the information on you and your family into a '''[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/images/5/5a/Family_group_sheet.pdf family group sheet]'''.  
 
*Enter the information on you and your family into a '''[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/images/5/5a/Family_group_sheet.pdf family group sheet]'''.  
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*As a sideline, you may wish to help others through the [http://indexing.familysearch.org/newuser/nuhome.jsf?3.6.5 '''FamilySearch Indexing Program''']. Check it out and see if you'd like to join.
 
*As a sideline, you may wish to help others through the [http://indexing.familysearch.org/newuser/nuhome.jsf?3.6.5 '''FamilySearch Indexing Program''']. Check it out and see if you'd like to join.
  
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== Making Memories  ==
  
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*Create an '''[http://www.ecards-gallery.com/ e-card]''' and send it to a friend or a family member.  
 
*Create an '''[http://www.ecards-gallery.com/ e-card]''' and send it to a friend or a family member.  
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*Help your family plan a Family Reunion, here are some tips from '''''[http://genealogy.about.com/od/family_reunions/Planning_the_Perfect_Family_Reunion.htm About.com]'''''.  
 
*Help your family plan a Family Reunion, here are some tips from '''''[http://genealogy.about.com/od/family_reunions/Planning_the_Perfect_Family_Reunion.htm About.com]'''''.  
 
*Create an account in '''[http://www.flickr.com Flickr]''' and share with family.  
 
*Create an account in '''[http://www.flickr.com Flickr]''' and share with family.  
*[http://www.procollage.com/?gclid=CPfzyoC-rY8CFQibggodLTzNPg '''Create a collage'''] of your family photos.  
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*[http://www.procollage.com/?gclid=CPfzyoC-rY8CFQibggodLTzNPg '''Create a collage'''] of your family photos.
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*Work on&nbsp;the '''[http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?locale=0&sourceId=ce2fbe335dc20110VgnVCM100000176f620a____&vgnextoid=6db848dd5b38c010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD Young Women's Person Progress].'''  
 
*Work on&nbsp;the '''[http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?locale=0&sourceId=ce2fbe335dc20110VgnVCM100000176f620a____&vgnextoid=6db848dd5b38c010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD Young Women's Person Progress].'''  
 
*Work on the [http://www.lds.org/hf/display/0,16783,4237-1,00.html '''Young Men's Duty to God'''].  
 
*Work on the [http://www.lds.org/hf/display/0,16783,4237-1,00.html '''Young Men's Duty to God'''].  
 
*[http://www.usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/mb056.asp '''Boy Scouts Genealogy Badge'''].
 
*[http://www.usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/mb056.asp '''Boy Scouts Genealogy Badge'''].
  
== [[Image:Life-story1.jpg|172x129px]]&nbsp; Write or Find Personal Journals&nbsp;  ==
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== Write or Find Personal Journals&nbsp;  ==
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*Create an '''[http://www.ourstory.com/register/journalsdiaries.html?keyword=journal&src=google_lpjournalsdiaries_journal&gclid=CMeCq4mUrY8CFQROagid7Gh6Rg online journal]'''- make it private or share it.  
 
*Create an '''[http://www.ourstory.com/register/journalsdiaries.html?keyword=journal&src=google_lpjournalsdiaries_journal&gclid=CMeCq4mUrY8CFQROagid7Gh6Rg online journal]'''- make it private or share it.  
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*Publish a book about your family with '''[http://www.lulu.com Lulu]'''
 
*Publish a book about your family with '''[http://www.lulu.com Lulu]'''
  
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== Fun and Games  ==
  
== [[Image:Games.jpg]]&nbsp;Fun and Games  ==
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*Create a puzzle with a scanned photo of your ancestors with [http://kraisoft.com/free-game-downloads/ '''Jigsaw Lite''']. Download and install this software to your computer, then upload a photo and watch it break it into pieces you can put together! Note the link brings you to a number of downloads, look for Jigsaw Lite. It is about the 10th item.  
 
*Create a puzzle with a scanned photo of your ancestors with [http://kraisoft.com/free-game-downloads/ '''Jigsaw Lite''']. Download and install this software to your computer, then upload a photo and watch it break it into pieces you can put together! Note the link brings you to a number of downloads, look for Jigsaw Lite. It is about the 10th item.  
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*Curious as to what day of the week you were born or an ancestor was born on? Check out this [http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/generate.html '''Perpetual calendar'''] and find out for yourself.
 
*Curious as to what day of the week you were born or an ancestor was born on? Check out this [http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/generate.html '''Perpetual calendar'''] and find out for yourself.
  
<br>'''Online Games'''
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*'''[http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/timelines/kings_queens/index.shtml Kings and Queens]''' through time  
 
*'''[http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/timelines/kings_queens/index.shtml Kings and Queens]''' through time  
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*[http://www.sudokuscore.com/ '''Regular Sudoku''']
 
*[http://www.sudokuscore.com/ '''Regular Sudoku''']
  
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==== Additional Family History Youth Activities in this Wiki ====
 
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'''Additional Family History Youth Activities in this Wiki:'''
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*Have younger children? Check out our [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Family_History_Activities_for_Children:_3-11#Fun_and_Games.C2.A0.C2.A0.C2.A0_.C2.A0124x136px '''3-11 Fun and Games Section here''']'''!'''  
 
*Have younger children? Check out our [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Family_History_Activities_for_Children:_3-11#Fun_and_Games.C2.A0.C2.A0.C2.A0_.C2.A0124x136px '''3-11 Fun and Games Section here''']'''!'''  

Revision as of 22:11, 26 November 2011

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Curiousity is part of human nature regardless of age. While learning about one's environment and history is accomplished through traditional schooling, discovering one's family heritage can be a fantastic, fun-filled journey made together over time. The following links, charts and exercises can make this journey even more interesting!

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Your Place in History

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  • Curious about what was happening in the world on the day you or an ancestor were born? Just enter the appropriate dates and you will learn just that!
  • Over the years, decades and centuries, events happened that determined where people lived, what they did to support their family, and even if they were able to attend school. Using Ask will aid you in learning about the events that occured during the life time of an ancestor.
  • Becoming an expert can be a challenge in any subject, however, with a little bit of research and reading you can be the expert on the locations where your ancestral families lived by using Wikipedia. Each article will have a section on "history" of the location. It is very important to read it as you may learn about borders changing and many other interesting facts. 
  • Timelines are a great way to organize and see the bigger picture in a person's life time and it helps to make sure you haven't missed a major event in their life. This online versionholds places for 6 events in a person's life. Microsoft has a download that allows you to increase the number of entries, it is available here.

Your Genealogy

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Making Memories

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  • Create an e-card and send it to a friend or a family member.
  • Visit family and collect photos or ask your own family for ancestral photos, put together in a book and share.
  • Help your family plan a Family Reunion, here are some tips from About.com.
  • Create an account in Flickr and share with family.
  • Create a collage of your family photos.
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Write or Find Personal Journals 

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Fun and Games

  • Create a puzzle with a scanned photo of your ancestors with Jigsaw Lite. Download and install this software to your computer, then upload a photo and watch it break it into pieces you can put together! Note the link brings you to a number of downloads, look for Jigsaw Lite. It is about the 10th item.
  • Enjoy the Fun Activity Booklet created by Scott Simkins. Open it up, print it and enjoy!
  • Match the country with the flag, this is definitely a challenge!
  • Do you like mysteries? Here is a link to Mystery Case Files  - see if you can solve them.
  • If you are physically in the Family History Library, here are some "Ancestor Hunt" activities for you:
  •      George Careless
  •      Henry Grow
  •      Joseph H. Ridges: Bio and Activity
  •      Joseph John Daynes
  •      Ralph Ramsay
  • Design your own Crossword Puzzle with the names and places of where your ancestors lived
  • Curious as to what day of the week you were born or an ancestor was born on? Check out this Perpetual calendar and find out for yourself.

Online Games

Additional Family History Youth Activities in this Wiki