Wednesday, September 21, 2011
School Genealogy Club Possibility
A couple of years ago, I had a Genealogy Club at the Intermediate Center (gr. 5-8) where I teach. At first there were lots of students getting information, but when we actually started meeting, there were only about 5 that attended. We met in the computer lab and I would log into my Ancestry.com account so that they could use it during this time. We could not get onto Family Search due to the firewall in place. I don't know if that has changed. We met every two weeks, but all of the children involved came with lots of family history information usually all organized. They obviously had a family genealogist in their family. Last year, I let it drop when two of the five left our school. Then last week one of our new students stopped while I was at my door on hall duty and asked if I was the teacher who did the Genealogy Club. I was surprised and asked if he liked genealogy. "Yes, very much. Are you having the club this year?" I am a sucker for anyone who likes family history so I told him that I would try to get it organized in the next few weeks. Now I need your help.
Do you have any suggestions for structure or order? I really don't want to spend hours getting ready for this club. What would be some good topics? How can I handle the students who just want to impress me with all of the information they already have? I would love to take them to the local library and show they the local resources, but a field trip will not be allowed. I know there have been several podcasts on getting children interested in genealogy, but they seem to be more on a family level rather than organized at school.
Free is the perfect price for a public school.
I am waiting for you to point me in the right direction . . .