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Branching Out: Genealogy for 1st - 3rd Grade Students Lessons 1 - 15: Lessons 1-15 (Volume 1) Paperback – March 21, 2012


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  • Paperback: 74 pages
  • Publisher: Generations (March 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938226003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938226007
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,202,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jennifer Holik is a genealogical research professional and the owner of Generations. She has a BA in History from Missouri University of Science and Technology. Jennifer has over sixteen years of research and writing experience and writes several blogs including Kids’ Genealogy, Chicago Family History and Family History Research. She has authored articles for local and national genealogical publications. She is a freelance writer for Examiner.com’s Chicago Genealogy column. Her book, To Soar with the Tigers, originally written for adults, will be released in juvenile form by early 2013. Jennifer also lectures in the Chicagoland area on using technology with genealogy and finishing the stories of your military ancestors.

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I have been researching and writing about genealogy and history for more than 20 years. My business, Generations, encompasses genealogical, military, and historical research, lecturing, and writing. My focuses are Italians in Chicago, youth education, World War I and II, and women during the wars.

I am also the Genealogy Department Manager at Casa Italia where I host genealogy and writing programs and workshops.

My current writing project is a series of books, Stories of the Lost, about my World War I and II ancestors, those who fought with them, and the women who served. This series will include a book on storytelling and writing. The first two books, Stories of the Lost and The Tiger's Widow, the sequel to To Soar with the Tigers, will be released summer 2014. In October 2013, I published a second edition of my book, To Soar with the Tigers.

In early 2012, I published a series of youth and adult genealogy textbooks called Branching Out. Each book contains 30 lessons in the basics of beginning genealogical research. In addition, I write for Archives.com's Expert Series. Please feel free to click on the links and take a look at some of my work.

I also contributed articles to the journals for the National Genealogical Society, Czech and Slovak American Genealogical Society of Illinois, and Webster County Missouri Historical Museum.


Visit my author website at http://jenniferholik.com and my business site, Generations at http://www.generationsbiz.com.

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Earlier this year, Jennifer Holik published several series of books for homeschoolers and other educators. Her books entitled, "Branching Out" are based on her original blog writings and were fleshed out for several age groups: 1st - 3rd, 4th-8th, and High School Students. Though I am not a teacher or homeschooling parent I thought these could be an excellent resources for anyone looking to involve their children or grandchildren in learning about genealogy.

I started with the 1st-3rd grade books and then compared each set of increasing age groups. These books are focused on helping the teacher/ parent to learn the basics for themselves and then using readings and activities to educate and involve the child. The lessons include such topics as "What is Genealogy and Why should I care?", Genealogy Databases, Timelines, Sources and Citations, Direct and Indirect Evidence, Interviewing Family, Research Plans and Logs, Vital Records, Census Records, Social Media, Health and the Causes of Death, Occupations, Probate Records, Land Records and Maps, Military Records, Religious and Cemetery Records, Immigration, Naturalization Records, Newspapers, Examine it Once, Twice, and Again, Travel and your Family History, and Storing and Organizing Paper and Digital Files. I thought some of the vocabulary used was probably a bit beyond a 1st grader, in particular the definition of citation seemed pretty advanced. Jennifer did identify those lessons that were considered advanced and I would imagine the teacher would be able to adjust the lessons as needed. Reference materials that are required are kept to a minimum and are typically available at your local library.

There were a few points that I really liked, such as, using stepparents in the family tree if the child feels closer to them.
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