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AfriGeneas Juniors Genealogy Forum

Boy Scout Genealogy Badge

If you are Boy Scout, Afrigeneas can help you earn your Genealogy Merit Badge!

Working towards this badge can help you in many ways including:

1. It is a wonderful introduction into genealogy, which can in turn become a lifelong hobby or job.

2. If you already know a bit of family history, working on this badge can confirm your previous research and possibly will be a stringboard into obtaining new information.

3. Bridge gaps between generations.

4. Understanding your family history can help give to a better sense and understanding of yourself and other family members. (ahhhh, now I know why mom acts the way she does when I..., or why dad always says such and such :))

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*****REQUIREMENT SECTION*****

The Requirements for this badge are the following:

1. Explain the meaning of genealogy and genealogical resources.

2. Begin a pedigree chart with yourself and fill it in as far as you can at the beginning of your project. Add any additional names, dates, or places that you find.

3. Show yourself as a child on a family group record form, and show one of your parents as a child on another family group record form.

4. Interview an older relative to obtain information about your family. This interview may be in person, by telephone, or by letter. Add any information obtained to your pedigree chart and family group records.

5. Obtain at least one genealogical document showing proof of some information on your pedigree chart or family group records. This document may be located in your home, a courthouse, an archive or library, etc.

6. Tell how you would evaluate genealogical information.

7. Do ONE of the following:

a. Do a time line for yourself or for a close relative.

b. Keep a journal for six weeks, writing in at least once weekly.

c. Write a short history of yourself or of a close relative.

8. Do ONE of the following:

a. Tell how the development of computers is affecting the world of genealogy.

b. Tell how the development of photography (including microfilming) has influenced genealogy.

c. Tell how personal and family history have begun to influence the way society looks at local, national, and international history.

9. Contact ONE of the following and ask a question relating to its genealogical services or activities; report the results:

a. A lineage society

b. A surname organization

c. A professional genealogist

d. A genealogical education facility or institution

e. A genealogical record repository of any type (courthouse, genealogical library, state archives, state library, national archives, etc. )

10. Tell where you would find current information about genealogical records and research methods.

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*****HELP SECTION*****

*Help with Requirement #1. http://www.dictionary.com

*Help with Requirement#2. http://c.ancestry.com/pdf/trees/charts/anchart.pdf

* Help with Requirement # 9. There are several professional genealogist that frequent the boards at Afrigeneas.com, simple post a message and someone will respond, or contact someone in the surnames 'listserves' that are posted.

* Help with Requirement #10 Make sure to mention online resources including Afrigeneas.com (smile)

* Additional assistance: http://www.boyscouttrail.com/external_frame.asp?goto=http://www.boyscouttrail.com/boy-scouts/meritbadges/worksheets/Genealogy.pdf ***OR*** http://www.geocities.com/havliceks/Genealogy056.html


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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