Youth Activities:   1. Anytime Activities and Games   2. Plan-Ahead Activities   3. Making Family History   4. Documenting the Past   5. Social Media Activities   6. Service Activities   7. Activities for Research   8. LDS Activities     Family     Singles     Children SEARCH

Youth Activities

Youth can experience
the joys of family history

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Family history activities are a way to get to know those who have gone before, write about their lives, and to learn from and be inspired by their experiences. Family history activities are also a way to connect with living family members, create and write your own family history, and make fun memories.

1. Anytime Activities and Games

Overview: With modern technology, family history activities can be a snap! You might just need an idea and a little nudge in the right direction to discover that family history can be a fun and inspirational part of your life!

2. Plan-Ahead Activities

Overview Here are some activities that require a bit of advance planning, but they are definitely worth it. Parents and grandparents are always so grateful for help in planning family history activities!

  • Y2-01: Back in Time
    *Time Travel Activities

  • Y2-02: Cousin’s Camp
    Consider attending My Family History Youth Camp at BYU or plan your own Cousin’s Camp. See this blog post for details.

  • Y2-03: FamilySearch: Teenager Challenges
    Try this summer challenge with numerous activities for teenagers

  • Y2-04: Honor Your Parents
    *Click for Activities ...

  • Y2-05: Family Reunion Ideas
    Visit the AmberSkyline site for some cool ideas on family history reunions.

  • Y2-06: Detective Night: Scavenger Hunt
    Learn how to plan a family history-themed scavenger hunt.

  • Y2-07:Visit Historic Sites and Genealogy Societies
    Research to find local historic sites or genealogical societies near you. Genealogical societies can be a great resource to you and are usually happy to have visitors or have the opportunity to teach you about their records and their services. Some of the following links may be helpful: United States National Register of Historic Places, List of U.S. National Historic Landmarks by State, National Park Services, The Nearest Genealogical Society

  • Y2-08: Tasty Treats
    Entertain your family by serving some tempting dishes that your ancestral family might have eaten, such as Danish dumplings, lasagna, sauerkraut, sushi, lox and bagels, johnnycakes, smoked dried jerky, or French pastry. What items were on your ancestors’ menu? See these recipes on FamilySearch.

3. Making Family History

Overview: According to the production team of the Make History website, making family history is two-fold: 1) Make something new that documents, creates, or contributes to your family history, and 2) Make something of yourself that enhances or contributes to your family legacy. Check out the suggestions below from the Make History Blog.

  1. Y3-01: Create a Generation Photo Collage

  2. Y3-02: Home Movie Challenge

  3. Y3-03: Learn a Family Recipe

  4. Y3-04: Make a digital Family Museum

  5. Y3-05: Make a virtual tour of your house

  6. Y3-06: Recreate an ancestor photo

  7. Y3-07: Write your autobiography

  8. Y3-08: Make a digital timeline

  9. Y3-09: Make a Podcast about Your Family

  10. Y3-10: Keep a 30 Day Journal

  11. Y3-11: Make a Documentary about a Family Tradition

  12. Y3-12: Find Your Family

  13. Y3-13: Have a Home Movie Night

  14. Y3-14: Take a Quiz About Your Family

  15. Y3-15: Make a Time Capsule

  16. Y3-16: Send a Letter To Your Future Self

  17. Y3-17: Send a Letter to Your Past Self

  18. Y3-18: Make Your Silhouette

  19. Y3-19: Make a Family Health Tree

  20. Y3-20: Make An Audio Documentary

  21. Y3-21: Street View Stories

  22. Y3-22: Create a Vision Board

  23. Y3-23: Make your Family Crest

  24. Y3-24: Story Corps App

4. Documenting the Past

Overview: With your interest in family history and your skills in technology, not only can you keep current by writing about your life as you know it, but you can help preserve your family’s history. Here are some ways to record your heritage so each piece of your family’s past won’t be forgotten or lost to you and future generations.

5. Social Media Activities

Overview: Learn to use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and other free sites for family history.

6. Service Activities

Overview: You know that feeling you get when you do something for someone else that they can't do for themselves? Family history provides many varied opportunities to serve others. Try some of these ideas, and see what a difference you can make!

  • Y6-01: Cemeteries and Smartphones
    Who knew they could be a great pair? Check out this article to learn how to get started making family history discoveries with your phone.

  • Y6-02: Use The Family History Guide
    You can help others learn to do family history by using The Family History Guide. See the menus at the top of each website page.

  • Y6-03: Interview a family member or anyone else who may want a history recorded
    Record, transcribe and post the interview in FamilySearch Memories, or on Ancestry, MyHeritage, or Findmypast (see the menus at the top of each website page in The Family History Guide). Also, check out 9 Tips for interviewing Relatives.

  • Y6-04: Record in the Story Room
    Reserve the Story Room of a family history center to record loved ones telling their story and answering questions. You can use the guidelines from the 52 stories project in FamilySearch to help you gather, preserve and share the stories you record during a year's time, week by week. See how one family enjoyed an outing together, and made not only a great recording but a lasting memory! For a list of Family History Center locations, click here.

7. Activities for Research

Overview: Who knew that being a family history detective could be such fun? Finding clues, analyzing and documenting data, and locating people and places make for exciting adventures! Try sleuthing with your family ... become a detective team!

  • Y7-01: Indexing Get-Together
    Learn how to host or join a cool indexing activity for youth.

  • Y7-02: Building an Ancestor Profile
    Find out how and why to build an ancestor profile to help you with your research.

  • Y7-03: Where Did Your Ancestors Live?
    Use tips on land patents to discover and document where your ancestors lived.

  • Y7-04: Where Did Your Ancestors Live?, Part 2
    Geocode your family history on an interactive world map. Also try Google Maps and the Country pages in The Family History Guide.

8. LDS Family History Activities

Overview: When Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said, “Your fingers have been trained to text and tweet to accelerate and advance the work of the Lord—not just to communicate quickly with your friends,” he was talking about you - the youth of the church! “I encourage you to study, to search out your ancestors, and to prepare yourselves to perform proxy baptisms in the house of the Lord for your kindred dead” (Oct. 2011 general conference). Family history activities are a way to get to know those for whom you will do temple work, find information about them to document their lives, and help others learn how to find names of their ancestors. They are also a way to connect with your living family, and make fun family history memories.

The Youth and Family History site provides tips for youth on how to get started on family history, videos and advice from other youth who have become involved, and messages from Church leaders.

  • Y8-01: Early Church Ancestors
    Find out the names of your earliest ancestors who joined the Church. Where were they baptized and how did the Church change their lives? Make a book of the conversion stories. These stories could be sent with missionaries when they go to share the gospel. See this FamilySearch blog for details.

  • Y8-02: Family History Youth Conference
    Learn how to organize and work with your leaders to plan a family history youth conference.

  • Y8-03: YW Personal Progress Goal
    Learn how you can complete a YW Personal Progress Goal in family history.

  • Y8-04: Family Traditions
    Learn about the power of family traditions in drawing families closer together and appreciating their history.

  • Y8-05: Taking Ancestors to the Temple
    Learn about your ancestors and get their information ready for the temple.

  • Y8-06: Three Ways to Be Involved in Family History
    Read these inspirational stories from youth about their family history experiences.

  • Y8-07: Embark on a Family history Activity (YM/YW)
    Punch your passport for an exciting youth family history activity.

  • Y8-08: Preserve Living Memories
    Interview living relatives or people in your ward to help document their treasured stories and memories. Encourage the youth to visit a living relative and record an interview that can later be transcribed and entered in FamilySearch tree. For more info, see this article.

  • Y8-09: Sanctifying the Sabbath with Family History
    Learn about 10 ways to sanctify the sabbath with family history.

  • Y8-10: Helping Others with Photos and Documents
    You can help others add photos and documents to their FamilySearch trees.

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