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Genealogy for kids

Over the last few weeks we have been telling our readers about Susan Provost Beller’s brand new book, Roots for Kids. Finding Your Family Stories. This beautifully illustrated small book is designed primarily for younger children and provides them with fun activities they can engage in with their parents. Finding Your Family Stories enables children to examine their ancestors’ nationalities, their family’s food traditions, the origins of their surnames and given names—while simultaneously picking up skills like learning to ask questions and organizing information. LINK #424

Persons familiar with Mrs. Beller will remember that she is also the author of Roots for Kids: A Genealogy Guide for Young People, which was written for older children. The original Roots for Kids, first published in 1989, was based on a twelve-week course the author developed for her fourth-grade class. Susan Beller has now authored the 2020 3rd edition of this classic book, with updates reflecting both the recent explosion of interest in genealogy and the changes in how we can now do our family history research. While the book is suitable for teachers seeking to supplement their social studies curriculum with material on family history, it is also a wonderful resource for families looking for a meaningful project to work on together, and for any young person interested in making their first attempt at serious genealogical research.

In Roots for Kids: A Genealogy Guide for Young People, Susan Beller first takes the young readers through an introduction to genealogy. Then she proceeds to discussions of their families and their parents’ families, teaching them how to ask questions, what documents to look for, how to organize materials, and how to use the internet to conduct research in local, state, national, and international records. It is easier than ever for youngsters to explore genealogy databases and to tap into the online resources of libraries and historical societies without leaving home, and this new 3rd edition contains the most current information on how to access these.

For more information about Roots for Kids: A Genealogy Guide for Young People. New Third Edition, please CLICK HERE.

More New Fall Publications

Genealogy at a Glance. Mexico Genealogy Research

By Debbie Gurtler

Mexico is the focus of the latest installment in the “Genealogy at a Glance” series It begins with a discussion of Hispanic naming traditions and how they offer valuable clues for your family history research. Then, after a brief jurisdictional history of Mexico, the major record sources are described—civil registration records, Catholic parish records, census records, and immigration records. Some useful supplementary record sources, language aides, and a list of online resources are also included. In other words, with this guide by author Debbie Gurtler at hand, both new and experienced researchers can grasp the fundamentals of Mexican genealogy at a glance. View Guide Details

Scots-Dutch Links in Europe and America, 1575-1825. Volume IV

By Dr. David Dobson

Scotland has had strong economic, social  and military links with the Netherlands since the medieval period, but the main period of Scottish settlement in the Low Countries occurred in the seventeenth century..Scottish scholars and merchants had long been attracted by the opportunities available in the universities, and cities of Holland, Zealand, and Flanders, especially by courses in law and medicine.  During the seventeenth century Scots communities, with their own churches, could be found throughout Holland and Zealand in particular, and by 1700 around 1,000 Scots lived in Rotterdam alone.   Possibly the greatest part of the Scots found in the Netherlands were soldiers fighting in the service of the United Provinces against the Spanish Hapsburgs, including the famous Scots Brigade.  A number of Scots-Dutch and their descendants emigrated to the Dutch settlements in America, stretching from the Hudson River to the West Indies and Surinam.

This book, the fourth in a series, identifies some of the Scots with links to the Low Countries It is based mainly on primary sources, notably the records of the High Court of the Admiralty of Scotland. In each case, Dr. Dobson states the individual’s name, occupation (soldier, merchant, student, etc.), date of the reference, and the source. View Book Details