Teacher and Parent Resources

Sharing the love of family history with the next generation is so important! And, IDG wants to help support you in your goal. Here are some resources to help get you started with your research. This list is by no means comprehensive. Make sure you check with your local library. Many libraries provide free access to newspapers, Ancestry.com, Fold3.com, HeritageQuest, and other databases.



IDG Resources for Kids, Parents, & Teachers

Kids’ Korner on Pinterest

Our Kids’ Korner board on Pinterest is a great place to find activities, crafts, research ideas, and more!

Kids’ Korner Resources on IDG

Find wonderful resources for teaching genealogy to the next generation on the Kids’ Korner page: Books, kid-friendly websites, and more! We’ll be adding new resources to this page regularly, so make sure you visit it often!

Don’t forget that The In-Depth Genealogist also shares ideas, tips, and resources for sharing genealogy with kids in our monthly issue and on our blog.

Teaching Resources

Scholastic Books is an incredible resource. The site has many resources beyond the books they sell to children. Here are some that will help you teach history and genealogy to children.

PBS Ancestors

  • Teacher’s Guide
  • Free Charts such as Family Tree chart, Family Group Sheet, Research Questions, Research Log, Source Notes, Record Selection Guide, Timeline Page, Home Source Checklist, Activity Sheets

Genealogy for Children
This About.com Genealogy list of links includes some great sites to visit for lesson plans and project ideas. There are even links to help with scout merit badges!

Genealogy for Kids
A to Z Home’s Cool provides a varied group of websites for kids and adults to explore. Some may be fun for kids to visit on their own while others will help the teacher in you plan and share lessons on genealogy.

Websites to Explore


This site is a paid website which allows users to build and share their family trees; conduct online research in Census Records, Vital Records, Ship Manifests, Military Records and more. There are some free databases available to search. This website also has tips, forms, experts, and message boards. You can sign up for a free 14-day trial.

You can get free research forms to download and print on Ancestry’s site.

  • Get free Census forms on Ancestry’s site for the 1790 – 1930 Censuses. The 1940 comes out in April 2012!
  • Ancestral Chart/Pedigree Chart
  • Family Group Sheet
  • Source Summary
  • Research Calendar

Cyndi’s List

Website full of links to genealogy and history resources around the world.

Ellis Island

Research your ancestors’ ship logs for free on this site. You can also learn about the history of Ellis Island, the immigrant experience and download free genealogy charts.


Free records not only for the U.S. but all over the world!


Paid site focusing on military records.


A listing of genealogy blogs across the net updated weekly. This site also lists upcoming conference information.


Free resources for beginning genealogy, maps and migration, wars and military, general history resources, and more!


A must see website for all researchers. Search a surname, county, military unit and see what books are listed. There are some full version books available and others which have partial views. If you find a book in which you are interested, check with your local library to borrow it or request it through inter-library loan.

National Archives

The National Archives website has many searchable database, help areas, ways to order records and a calendar of classes and events.

Newberry Library

The Newberry Library is located in Chicago but houses a vast collection of genealogical data not only for Chicago but the United States. Their website contains Genealogical Guides, an online catalog, course listings and more.


Rootsweb has been around for years and houses many links, free databases, tools and more for every level of researcher.

US GenWeb

Free and run by volunteers, this goal of this website is to house links and information for all States and Counties in the U.S.