High School Project for Math and History

Every chance I get, I incorporate our family history into my son’s lessons. I wholeheartedly believe that family history should be taught in every homeschool. Through the study of genealogy, you can develop and enhance skills such as researching, story-telling, cataloging and documenting, fact-checking, and more.

Christmas in Scotland

Scotland is near and dear to my heart, since in a very close second to Irish, my genealogy is mostly Scottish. I have a Clans of Scotland poster on my wall and a blanket of one of my ancestral tartans. How glorious would it be to spend Christmas in Scotland! …

Family Volunteering and Cemetery Hunting

I love when STI Drive offers to drop a vehicle off at my house to let me test drive for a week. We had a special, but strange, family adventure planned that weekend, so the offer came at the perfect time. One of our favorite ways to get outdoors, learn …

Everybody is Interested in the Beginning of Things

The beginning of all things…what country did your ancestors originate from? What does your last name mean and where did it originate from? Do you have any Native American, Jewish or Asian DNA? These are the kind of questions that can be answered by 23andMe. I discovered 23andMe several years …

My Family Kidnapped St. Patrick

True story. For reals. If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you know that I am oddly obsessed with St. Patrick’s Day and all things Irish. Of all the different ancestries that make up my genetics, I’ve always just felt…Irish.  Now it all makes sense. Right before Christmas, I had …

Exploring History and Geography With LEGO

My two favorite subjects. Being a genealogist and a homeschooler…history and geography are near and dear to my heart. LEGO bricks paired with maps can be the most delightful form of enrichment you can imagine. The above scene was created by my son for the last chapter of Story of the World: Volume 2, in which Susan gives an account of what the world would look like if you traveled the globe on a sailing ship.  My son set up this scene as we “traveled” by the victorious English navy,  the trading merchant in France, the ostriches wandering through the plains of Africa, a warring Portuguese ship on the South American coast, the Amazon rain forest – infested with poisonous spiders and snakes, and the St. John’s fishing settlement.

A Gift for My Parents

Both my mom and step-dad’s birthdays are in February and this year I made them something that has been on my heart for a very long time. I’ve always wanted to make one of these for them and finally followed through on it after coming across a distant cousin of …

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 …

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 …