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Eagle Scout Genealogy Project Ideas

These are ideas that relate to Genealogy and can assist you in obtaining the level of Eagle Scout within the Boy Scout Organization:

Eagle Scout Service Project Ideas
Involving Family and Local History

1. Organize a Family History or Genealogy Club in your school. Your local Family History Center can provide you with forms and information to help you get started.

2. Clean and fix up a neglected cemetery and transcribe inscriptions on the stones.

3. Talk to your LDS stake record extraction coordinator about the possibility of performing a long or short-term record extraction assignment. LDS church record extraction projects benefit family history researchers worldwide. Contact your local Family History Center to find out the name of the extraction coordinator.

4. Contact your local genealogical society, historical society or public library about the possibility of helping with any record extraction or indexing projects they have available.

5. Organize and direct your scout group in visiting a senior citizen center. Interview the residents and with the information you gather, compile a life history for each resident interviewed.
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With each residentís permission, compile the histories into one volume and present it to your local public library, genealogical society or historical society.
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Interview the residents, asking them questions specific to their memories of your community. Compile their memories into one volume and present it to your local public library, community historic preservation director, genealogical society or historical society.

6. Organize and direct a special fundraiser to benefit your local genealogical or historical society.

7. Organize and direct a family history fair for your community.

8. Many cemeteries still keep their records on file cards in file cabinets. Contact a local cemetery with a sextonís office. Inquire about the status of the cemeteryís records. If they are not yet stored on a computer database, offer to take on the job. Work with the sexton to design and create the database.

9. Contact your communityís historic preservation director. Volunteer your time or your groupís time to clean or fix up a community historic site.

10. Years of genealogical research are often donated to Family History Centers because relatives do not know what else to do with it after the researcher has died. Contact your Family History Center to see if they have any collections of donated research that you can organize and prepare for microfilming.

11. Explore www.afrigeneas.com , under the tab, cemetaries. It lists opportunities to participate in record transcription and cemetery transcription projects. Find a project you might be interested in and contact the project coordinator.

12. Measure, grid and map out a local cemetery. Note the location of graves. Build and erect a locator map in the cemetery or post your map on the Internet.

13. Build a hanging or freestanding rack for your local genealogical society or family history center on which they can display pamphlets, brochures and handouts.

14. Design and create an Internet web site for your local genealogical or historical society.

15. Learn how to scan and digitize vintage photographs. Learn to digitally ďrepairĒ the images of photographs that are ripped, torn or faded. Teach the skills you have learned to other scouts. Offer your groupís services at a special event held at a senior citizenís center. Provide each senior with a disk containing the images you have preserved digitally.

16. Learn to use a genealogy software program such as PAF (available for free download or inexpensive CD purchase at www.familysearch.org). Raise funds to purchase copies of the program to donate to local senior centers. Volunteer your time to help seniors learn the program to enter their genealogical information into the program.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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