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Genealogy Books for Children and Young Adults

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***Who's Who in My Family? (Paperback) by Loreen Leedy

For Ages 5-8 Leedy (Fraction Action) creatively explains the concept of the family tree, which is the lesson of the day for Ms. Fox's class of six young animals. A kitten dressed in overalls holds up a homemade tree-shaped chart to name the members of her traditional extended family. Blended families are represented on the trees of some of Ms. Fox's other students: a young rabbit has two step-families; a squirrel tells of her half brother and half sister. And a young raccoon interjects that "my mom and dad adopted me when I was one day old and made me a member of their family." The book's final page lists definitions of "family words." Leedy's fictional setting and playful, stylized art add sparkle to her subject. Combining portraits and action pictures of the various families, her illustrations feature luminescent colors dominated by an intriguing palette of deep blues, greens and grays.

***A Student's Guide to African American Genealogy (Oryx American Family Tree Series)

This outstanding and unique guide will reach students from advanced elementary into older grade levels, examining the heritage of black genealogy and methods of researching and understanding Afro-American history. From talking to relatives and using the library to understanding racial bias in statistics and locating unusual sources of information, this specialized focus provides plenty of insight."

***Do People Grow on Family Trees? : Genealogy for Kids and Other Beginners (Paperback) by Ira Wolfman

Grade 5 Up-- Readable and interesting, full of intriguing stories, this guide is also visually attractive, with large print and many photographs and sidebars. Wolfman begins with the purposes of genealogy and then provides the how-tos, discussing heirlooms, photographs, oral histories, vital records and other documents, and more. There is a great deal of material on immigration, but it is unfortunately scattered throughout the book rather than grouped together as a unit. In addition, Wolfman has nothing on timelines, and the chapter on names is placed toward the end rather than at the beginning. Sample pedigree charts, family groups sheets and correspondence logs (which can be photocopied), addresses for birth and death records, and applications for federal records are included in the appendix.

***Where Did You Get Those Eyes: A Guide to Discovering Your Family History (Walker's American History Series for Young People)

For Grades 5-8. A brief but informative introduction to the forms and processes involved in researching one's family history. After a short explanation of why family history is both interesting and educational, Cooper outlines the procedures often followed, emphasizing the importance of keeping records of one's research in the proper format used by genealogists so that the information can be used by other researchers. She ends with pieces written by young people about the results of their genealogical searches, followed by a brief directory of official information sources and an index.

***My Family Tree Workbook (Paperback) by Rosemary Chorzempa

For Young Adults

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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