Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Learning and Living the Gospel #8- Genealogy!

Prior to the meeting, I asked the parents to provide the girls with the names of their grandparents and great grandparents if they could.

The first thing I did was show them some paper chains and we discussed how they were linked together.  I told them to imagine that the first link was them and the next links were their parents and so forth back through time.  We read Malachi 4:5-6 and discussed what it meant by the "great and dreaadful day of the Lord" and who, on the chain, were the "fathers" and who were the "children".  (This was not immediately clear to them...we had to discuss).  We talked about the hearts of the fathers turning to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers.  This lead to talking about the importance of the temple.  The children LOVE to learn!

Next I drew a pedigree chart on the board.  The girls really didn't know what a pedigree chart was so it was fun to share that with them.

Next I had them fill in a simple family group record that I found here.  This is the LDS family search site and it has a lot of great ideas!  I used this chart.  Click on the link to get a better chart but this is basically what it looks like.

My Family Group Record
My Dad:
Born: |Place:
Married: |Place:
His Father:
His Mother:
My Mom:
Born: |Place:
Her Father:
Her Mother:
Born: |Place:
Born: |Place:

Published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2010 

The internet has lots of pedigree charts.  I found a cute one and let them fill it in as best they could.

On the same family search page, if you go down to the "Fun and Games" section, there is a booklet that has other fun activities.  Here is the link.  I used a couple of these for the girls who finished their charts before the others.

To complete this requirement, the girls needed to share a family story.  We ran out of time but we will do this at that beginning of our next meeting.

I hope that his sparks some interest in family history!

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