APR 19 2020

Hello everyone! Pam here. We are continually on the lookout for creative ideas that will help our children get excited and involved with family history. We would love to hear about your efforts also!?
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Maybe it’s because we’ve been stuck at home, but I was fascinated this week about the idea of tracking the locations of where our ancestors have lived so that we can plan to visit those locations someday. In our travels, we have often wished we knew if we had any ancestors who lived nearby. We have also wished we had a better idea of where family members are buried so that we could visit their graves. I am excited to start using Google Maps to help us out with those things.?
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Here are some ideas for using maps with family history:?
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1. When you read or tell a story to children about their ancestors, tell them where that ancestor lived, and help them find the location on a globe or map.?
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2. Put up a large map of the world and have the kids put pins or magnets on the locations where your ancestors lived.?
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3. Put on your Sherlock hat, and put together a “detective map” with pins in significant locations and red strings that lead to photos. Put together the details of a family member’s life and write significant “clues” on sticky notes around the map. ?
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4. Use Google Maps to track where your ancestors lived. You can add photos, descriptions, and links. It will add a pin on the map. If this is the app that you already use for navigation, this just makes a lot of sense. Then, while you are traveling through various locations, you will have lists of family history locations to visit. You can also put GPS coordinates for places that don’t have an exact address, such as headstones in cemeteries.?
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5. Once you have entered an address or city into Google maps, you can explore the location virtually through the street view ?
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6. Virtually explore some locations that are significant to your family history with virtual reality goggles. You can pick up a pair that works with your phone for as little as $15. ?
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Today’s Cufflink is: VIRTUAL ROAD TRIP