National Geographic Kids Guide to Genealogy

National Geographic Kids Guide to Genealogy

by T.J. Resler

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Inspired by the growing ancestry and DNA-testing crazes, this guide helps readers dig into the past and learn more about their own family history.

What does your family tree look like? Where do its roots lead? Are you related to royalty? Start your very own journey and find out with this activity-packed guide to genealogy! This lively guide will get you started on researching your family's past and let you in on the newest and most up-to-date technology for genealogy research. Get tips on how to interview family members, create a family tree, and much more. Fun facts, lists, and sidebars offer additional tips and bring the dusty past to vivid life!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426329845
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

T. J. RESLER is a former journalist and research analyst turned writer. With the curiosity of a journalist and the research chops of a Ph.D., she's tackled issues of science, health, human rights, the environment, and more in her writing. She is also the author of the How Things Work books for Nat Geo Kids.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Who Are You? 6

How to Use This Book 8

On the Move 10

Map of Earliest Human Migrations 12

Detective Work 14

Solving a Mystery 16

Kinds of Kin 18

Detective Techniques 20

Who, What, When, Where 22

Why and How 24

Research Roadblock: Where's Prussia? 26

Prove It! 28

Documentary Evidence 30

Test Your Detective Skills 32

Case Files: The First Americans 34

Tools of the Trade 36

Gear Up! 38

Preserve the Evidence 40

Keep Your Facts Straight 42

Picture This 44

Group Activity 46

Case Files: The Europeans Arrive 48

Case Files: Forced Migration 50

Beginning the Investigation 52

The Prime Suspect: You 54

Create a Timeline of Your Life 56

Super Sleuthing 58

Undercover Work 60

Research Roadblock: What's in a Name? 62

Break Through! 64

Hidden in Plain Sight 66

Make a Time Capsule 68

Interviewing Witnesses 70

Case Files: Coming to Both Coasts 72

Finding Clues 74

Hit the Books 76

Make Your Coat of Arms 78

Count on Counties 80

One-Stop Shopping 82

A Little Help, Please? 84

Research Roadblock: Why Don't the Facts Match Up? 86

Make and Keep a Journal 88

Case Files: Heading West 90

Hot on the Trail 92

Vitally Important! 94

Making Sense of the Census 96

Digging Deeper 98

Research Roadblock: What Does That Say? 100

More Than Just Population 102

Make a Board Game 104

Memory Lane 106

Wedding Bells 108

Aww, a Baby 110

Getting Down With Death 112

Start Growing Your Family Tree 114

Case Files: Flocking to U.S. Cities 116

Filling in the Blanks 118

Following Footsteps 120

Increase Your Cultural IQ 122

Put Together a Family Cookbook 124

Land Ho! 126

Uncle Sam Wants You! 128

Digging Into Daily Life 130

Time Travel 132

Trace Your Family's Journey 134

Research Roadblock: Vanished Without a Trace? 136

Case Files: The Great Migration 138

Into the Forensics Lab 140

Your Blueprint 142

Decoding Your DNA 144

Make Your Case 146

Organize a Family Reunion 148

Case Flies: Becoming More Diverse 150

Meet a Family Historian & Genealogist 152

Words Genealogists Need To Know 154

Find Out More 155

Index 156

Photo Credits 158

Acknowledgments & Credits 160

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