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3 Family History Tree Templates For Children

3 Family History Tree Templates For Children

The benefits for children of becoming familiar with their family history are enormous. Among those found by a 2010 study conducted by Emory University are higher self-esteem, and increased coping skills when the going gets tough. It's never too early to start, so we believe that kids should be able to have a family history chart that matches their age, stage, and interests... hence our adorable animal family history tree templates! Here are three of our favorites:

WONDERING WHALE

whale family history tree template

Why we love this family history tree template for kids? It's simple, gender neutral, totally adorable and super fun to customize with different color schemes.

multi color whale family history tree template

Plus if you want to go really deep, it can remind you that just like whales are bigger than you can imagine as a child, so too is your family history and your heritage.

Get started with our whale family history tree template.

 

LOVING LADYBUG

It starts off as a lady bug (which might be more appealing to girls), but with some color palette adjustments can be transformed into an incredibly cool beetle. For kids that are in to bugs, this is a favorite.

Get started with our ladybug family history tree template.

 

TRACING TOUCAN

We love the black and contrasting bold pop color scheme of the toucan, and that it's an animal you might not expect at first thought of a family tree or for decorating in general. One more gender neutral chart that isn't blah! :)

Get started with our toucan family history tree template.

 

You may have noticed that along with the alliteration, each of your family history charts for kids it titled with an attribute that we hope children will develop or an action they will take in their family history quest. That they will WONDER about who came before them, develop a LOVE for those ancestors, and TRACE their lines. We hope they will be CURIOUS (crab), recognize that their heritage is PRECIOUS (pig) and to be TREASURED (turtle), and want to FIND (fox) those ancestors who currently are undiscovered.

Want to explore more of our animal family history tree templates to find the perfect pedigree chart for your kids? Check them out here.

animal themed family history tree charts for kids

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Pedigree Charts and Family Stories: A Powerful Combination

Pedigree Charts and Family Stories: A Powerful Combination

My grandpa died when my dad was 15 years old. I never had the opportunity to meet him, or interact with him, but because of stories that have been passed down both orally and through his autobiography, I feel a connection to him. I like to imagine that it is from my Grandpa Cutler that I inherited my love of root beer and peppermint ice cream (separately, of course!) as well as Pride and Prejudice.

My Grandma Cutler died when I was 11. I remember going to her house for a couple days each summer and going into the orchard with her, or playing school in her school house room in the basement. One night in particular I remember that my little sister S and I had a sleepover at grandma's house and she fixed us rice pancakes for dinner, teaching us how to fold batter rather than mix it. Everyone who knew her picked up on her unfailing kindness, many never having heard her say an unkind thing about anyone--I know I never did--and in one goal brainstorm I found from my high school years I found a note that said "Be as kind as Grandma Cutler." It was from others, however, that I learned that her kindness was even more remarkable than I was aware of, because it was born in opposition to her difficulty growing up with a real-life bonafide "evil stepmother" of which she never said anything herself.

I was reminded often of these sterling examples in my own recent family history by the pedigree chart hanging on the wall in our living room growing up, and by my grandparents picture that hung beside it (along with the pictures of my other grandparents and some of my great grandparents).

genealogy wall chart

A 2010 study conducted at Emory University concluded what I have learned for myself anecdotally--that the more kids know about their family history, the better they are able to cope with difficult challenges and the more self esteem they have. They are more emotionally stable. They learn that they are a link in a larger chain rather than an island and they have true stories they can rely on that show the ups and downs of life.

This is one of the biggest reasons that Kesler and I had a desire to have a gorgeous pedigree chart hanging in a prominent location in our home. Not only would it be able to serve as a conversation starter with guests in our home to talk about our belief in eternal families, but also act as a subtle reminder to both us, and our children that we have a rich heritage of those who came before us. We want baby F and his future siblings to be inspired and cautioned by the stories we know about those who came before us and to want to create their own worthy legacy for their posterity. The perfect recipe? A beautifully self-reinforcing chain of stories of our ancestors and a daily visual reminder of their presence.

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