Camp aims to get kids interested in family history

Published: Tuesday, May 11 2010 12:19 a.m. MDT

— in grades 10 to 12 or between the ages of 16 and 18; and junior — in

grades 7 to 9 or between the ages of 13 and 15. They need not be members

of the National Genealogical Society. The winners receive a plaque, NGS

Home Study Course and a one-year membership to NGS. The senior winner

also receives a $500 cash award.

The next deadline is Jan. 31, 2011.

For more information and details on

submitting an entry, go to www.ngsgenealogy.org; click on competitions, then on

Rubincam Youth Award.

25 questions to ask your

parents and/or grandparents and/or great-grandparents:

1. Does your family surname have any

special meaning?

2. What is your ethnicity (or what

country did your ancestors come from) on your father's side? On your

mother's side?

3. What is your full name? Why did your

parent select this name for you? Do you have a nickname? Is there a

naming tradition in your family?

4. Where and when were you born? How did

your family come to live where you were born?

5. What is the full name of your spouse?

Siblings? Parents?

6. Where and when did you get married?

How did you meet your spouse? How many children do you have? What are

their names?

7. What was the

house, apartment, farm where you grew up like? How many rooms? Did it

have electricity, indoor plumbing, electricity?

8. Were there any special items in the

house that you remember?

9. What is your earliest childhood


10. What kind of games did you play

growing up?

11. What was your favorite toy and why?

12. Did you have family chores? What were

they? Which was your least favorite?

13. Did you receive an allowance? How

much? Did you save some of your money or spend it?

14. What was school like as a child? What

were your best and worst subjects? Where did you attend grade school?

High school? College?

15. In what school activities did you


16. Who were your childhood heroes?

17. What were your favorite songs and


18. Did you have any pets? If so, what

kind, and what were their names?

19. Who were your friends when you were

growing up?

20. What world events had the most impact

on you while you were growing up? Did any world events affect your

family personally?

21. How were birthdays, holidays and

special occasions celebrated in your family? Did your family have any

special traditions?

22. Who was the oldest relative you

remember as a child? What do you remember about them?

23. Are there any family stories about

famous or infamous relatives in your family?

24. What accomplishments are you most

proud of?

25. What do you want people to remember

about you?

Source: Southern

California Genealogical SocietyThe NGS Rubincam Youth Award

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