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I’ve seen many comments stating that genealogy has become one of the most popular hobbies around today and, in spite of this, the word genealogy is also reported to have an identity crisis. For many people the word conjures a picture of senior citizens sharing conversation starting with “In my day…”

According to a quote by Julie Miller, vice president of the National Genealogical Society  (ngsgenealogy.org) in the Chicago Tribune, “Genealogy makes history personal by helping children better understand their place in it.”

Miller coordinates  Kids’ Kamp. Kids’ Kamp is an interactive event that takes place during the National Genealogical Society’s annual family history conference—this year’s conference was in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Kid’s Kamp is a free event and kids, armed with old photos and ancestry charts, visit stations manned by genealogy experts. During the sessions kids learn, among other things, about life during particular time periods, practice interviewing skills, and learn about online research.

In his book “Climbing Your Family Tree”, (which can be purchase for $1.99 from Barnes and Noble) Ira Wolfman encourages children to become ancestor detectors. Interviewing older relatives, for example, “opens their eyes to the fact that adults weren’t born at age 40.”

According to Wolfman, once kids have a clearer idea of their place in the world, they can also begin to appreciate the bonds they share with other family members bringing them closer together.

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There’s also a pdf file that can be downloaded from The Prince William Public Library System in Manassas, Virginia that is very helpful and also has the title Climbing Your Family Tree.

To read more about the article click on the ink to the Chicago Tribune.

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