"People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors." -- Edmund Burke

"When a society or a civilization perishes, one condition can always be found. They forgot where they came from." -- Carle Sandburg

"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness." -- Alex Haley, Roots

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Family History Cards!

This is the most exciting idea for helping children get interested in family history--Ancestor cards!

Aren't these gorgeous?  See how they are are done and how you can make them here:

If that is a bit too complicated, try these simple ancestor cards:

They are available here:

I like this idea because it is so meaningful!

Ancestors card game--My Grandma Maxine made cards with pictures of family members on them.  Each card had a duplicate so that we could play "memory" by placing the cards face down on the table, picking two and hoping for a match.  If you got a match you got to keep the cards and go again.  The person with the most cards at the end was the winner.  This game was a great way to help us grand kids keep track of our ten aunts and uncles and their spouses and children.

Quiz game:  Once family members become more familiar with the ancestry cards, take turns drawing a card and asking the other player a question about the information on the card.  If they answer right, they get to keep the card.  Play till all the cards have been used.  Person with most card winds.

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