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Jersey children learn about Census in school

I have just come across this piece of information from the www.jerseyweekly.com about children in St. Martins School, Jersey  having the opportunity to learn about taking a census and all that is involved. What a great idea for a classroom lesson! This may sew the seed of interest in some child who may become a future genealogist.

Head statistician at the Statistics Unit, Duncan Gibaut, said “The census allows people to find out about their ancestors. It will also allow future generations to see what life was like in Jersey in 2011.

My descendants in 100 years time will see that I am  not on the Jersey census for the first time since 1971. I wonder if they will have access to all my records and research I have taken and therefore will know that I emigrated to Australia or will they have to start their own investigation as to why I suddenly disappear?


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Teaching your children about the Family Tree and their ancestors

Even though my two children are still quite young they are gradually becoming aware about  my research into my Family Tree.  It is known as  ‘my hobby’ or ‘mummy’s project’ to them.

As a primary teacher I touched on this topic lightly as the children I taught were young. It came under the topic ‘All about me’ or ‘Me and my Family’ and it was always good fun to do. Little ones are never lost for words when talking about themselves and all the things they know and can do. The main difference between children doing their family tree compared to adults, is that kids include their pets!

Here are some  ways to develop a child’s interest in learning about the Family Tree.

THROUGH BOOKS

A great book I read at Secondary/High School about pets and family which I highly recommend for older children is My Family and Other Animals written by Gerald Durrell, a man who had a great influence in Jersey.

A great read about a ten year old boy, his family and all his animals!

Recently a school book catalogue came home and in it was a book especially for children wanting to learn about their family tree. I was intrigued to see how they would present it for young ones, so I bought it. It is a lovely book with a great huge pull-out-poster for the child to fill in with pictures of photos of members of his/her family. It is a colourful book called My Family Tree.

A great book full of activities based on learning around the family.

Here is the poster from the book filled in for my children.


The poster was a great source of discussion when my son took this poster to school for ‘Show & tell’.

THROUGH ACTIVITIES

Scrapbooks are a great to way collect and store information. It is also good fun too!

  • Write a heading or title on each two page spread, eg: My favourite toys (put age or year with the photo) / My pets – photos, paw print in paint / My Homes – photos of house your child has lived in and the dates
  • Collect photos from milestones
  • Keep cinema tickets and stick them in

The list could go on and on. What ever is stuck in will be a great record of times in your child’s life. It will all record a particular time in history

THROUGH WEBSITES

I have also found a few useful websites which give ideas on activities to do with your child based on genealogy and family history.

Family Tree kids

Genealogy for children


THROUGH PRINTABLES

Below are a selection of printable worksheets that I have found on the internet of the Family Tree for children to fill in:

Pedigree Chart #2 - from ancestry.com

THROUGH ART

Handprint Family Tree - from DISNEY family fun website

A great idea and fun activity for the whole family to participate in!


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