Family History Detective Checklist for Junior Genealogists

By Courtney Henderson

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What kind of tools do you need for your family detective work? Here’s a checklist of items you’ll find helpful. You probably have most of these things already. Ask a grown-up to help you gather the other items on the list.

  • notepad
  • pens or pencils
  • blank genealogy forms to record information you uncover
  • binder for storing your forms, notes and “evidence” you collect
  • atlas for finding where your ancestors lived
  • magnifying glass for inspecting documents and photographs
  • relationship chart, which you can use with a grown-up’s help to figure out if someone is a first, second, third or even a “removed” cousin
  • library card
  • audio or video recorder for interviewing relatives