Who are my ancestors? What nationalities were they? What work did they do? Kids are always bursting with questions about their family history: they want more stories, more details, more facts. With these research ideas and creative projects, young would-be genealogists can get the knowledge they crave. Find out how to interview family members, dig up information from libraries and the internet and check the National Archives for passenger lists of newly arrived immigrants. Uncover clues in old photos or birth, marriage and death records. Preserve the knowledge you've gathered in a crayon batik family tree or a homemade diary that features favourite family stories, recipes and traditions. Keep the togetherness going by planning a family reunion or starting a family newsletter.
Caroline Leavitt is The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Cruel Beautiful World and several other adult novels. She teaches novel writing online at both Stanford University and UCLA Extension Writers Program, and works with writers privately. Caroline has appeared on the Today Show, Diane Rehm, German and Canadian TV, and more, and she has been featured on The View From The Bay. She lives in Hoboken, NJ, with her husband, the writer Jeff Tamarkin, and she has an acting-student son, Max.