Activities with names of your ancestors
Letter “A” “a”
Look in the sources section for one of your relatives and find a record/document. Print off the record. Ask the children to circle all the letter, “A a” that they can find on the page.
Find as many relatives as you can find that have a name that starts with the letter, “A”.
Letter “B” “b”
Find as many relatives as you can find that have a name that starts with the letter, “B” or which ever letter you want them to find.
Look in the sources section for one of your relatives and find a record/document. Print off the record. Ask the children to circle all the letter, “B b” that they can find on the page or which ever other letter you would like them to find. Maybe they could just see what letters they can find in the alphabet on the page.
For charts on the different types of letter, go to http://www.findfamilyrecords.com/indexing/ or search the internet for a cursive writing chart.
These are ideas for family activities in the home or on a larger scale like a family reunion.
Click the link below the image to down load the PDF with template and instructions for a family bingo game.
Family Search Scavenger Hunt
Click on the image below to see the PDF. This is a scavenger hunt game that can be played with your family or in a group of people. Give everyone about 30 to 40 minutes to see what they can find and then count up their points. Then discuss what everyone found and that is more important than the points they earned.
We did this with a group of young men from our church. Two brothers were working together on their phone. They discovered an audio file of an ancestor telling about crossing the plains. The father happened to be in the room. Pretty soon all three of them were hovering over the phone trying to hear this incredible message. All desire for more points was lost, but they truly won the prize that night.
Create your own scavenger hunt. The one above was created in Excel and then exported into a PDF file.