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Genealogy Theme Page

This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of Genealogy . Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.


Cemetery Studies
The teacher who designed this site uses cemetery studies to encourage an appreciation of the unique historical significance of the place, to reveal the lives of people of the past, and to help the students enjoy the wonderful artwork and architecture of the mausoleums. She has included in the site a set of lesson plans that can be used within Language Arts, Science, Math and Art classes. The lesson plans are a list of possible student activities rather than a detailed set of instructions that a teacher would follow. As such, they serve as a useful starting point from which you can add your own ideas or adapt as necessary.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
A meta-list of resources organized by category.

Family History
A lesson plan designed for grade 5 and up. It helps students to "work closely with their family, identify their ancestors, appreciate their ethnic backgrounds, understand the concept of immigration, connect events in history with the movement of their ancestors and become more cognizant of their own unique individual makeup and its cultural origins..." This plan is written for American schools but easily adapted to any culture.

Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service
This web site gives public access to the giant genealogical database developed by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints. The web accessible database is reported to have 400 million names (with more to come) but users should note that not all data are necessarily reliable since they are accepted by the Mormon Church without verification. In addition to a variety of ancestor search capabilities, the site provides links to many other genealogical sites, sources, and resources. Since this is a very comprehensive site, some delays may be experienced in downloading data, but the time is definitely worthwhile.

Free Genealogy Classes - Online Genealogy Library
At this site, you can choose to enroll in a number of different free on-line genealogy courses. To get you started on your search, the author offers a beginning course which outlines the basic types of records available and what you can do with the information. Other courses include researching your family's genealogy from different regions such as England, African-American, Ireland, Iowa and several more just being developed.

Genealogy for Children
Developed by a retired teacher dedicated to encouraging the development of future genealogists, this site has several pages with activities and lesson ideas to introduce children to genealogy. Check the Activities link. Activities introduce students to the idea that people in the past may not have learned to write and would sign a document with "their mark".

Genealogy on the Internet
A meta-list of resources organized by category.

Heraldry on the Internet
A meta-site to heraldic materials and information. Search for family name coat of arms by cities or towns, or by one of the many dictionaries. Use the glossaries to identify the various charges and symbols found on coats of arms.

Journal of On-line Genealogy - Helm's Genealogy Toolbox
"The Journal is a free e-zine which focuses on the use of online resources and techniques in genealogy and family history." Information is available for beginner and advanced genealogists. Resources include on-line sites, technology advice, success stories, software, news groups and more...

Lesson Plans: Genealogy in the Classroom
Genealogy lesson plans and guides designed to help teachers and students learn the important steps and principles of genealogy (family history) research, including tips, links, projects and more.

Twenty Ways to Avoid Genealogical Grief
The 20 suggestions are listed to help beginners avoid some of the grief and misfortune regarding the basics of note keeping, record storage, and computer use while learning to conduct genealogical research.

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