Genealogy for Kids

The year after my husband and I were married, my father-in-law told me a story that changed my life. As a young Army mechanic stationed in his ancestral Germany during the late 1960’s, he spied an old book in a small bookshop that detailed his family history and even included a picture of the “family castle”. FAMILY CASTLE?! You can imagine the romantic thoughts going through my love-struck newlywed mind. I envisioned an enchanting trip with my handsome and chivalrous husband to visit the rebuilt ruins of this marvelous palace. I could wear my fake tiara on the tour and…

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Genealogy for Kids: part 2

Now that you’ve succeeded in getting your children interested in digging into their roots, here are some tips and fun activities to help you trace your tree. 1. Start with you and work backwards. It is almost a given that you can trace your tree back at least 3 generations to your great-grandparents. After that you have a choice: concentrate on making your tree taller or wider. To make your tree taller, you focus on your direct ancestors, 2nd great grandparents, 3rd great grandparents, etc. To make your tree wider, add in all the children, siblings, aunts and uncles, and…

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Delighting in the Details

“Look on everything as though you were seeing it for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn My friend Lori is holding a wonderful new devotional called Delighting in the Details, a challenge to seek God in the small details of life. We often overlook God’s glorious handiwork in the details that shape our lives. My detail this week is genes… Last Friday we went out to breakfast for my husband’s birthday. In the usual fashion, we sat in a booth with the guys on one…

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