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:1. Explain to your counselor what the words genealogy, ancestor, and descendant mean.
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::a. Name three types of genealogical resources and explain how these resources can help you chart your family tree.
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::b. Obtain at least one genealogical document that supports an event that is or can be recorded on your pedigree chart or family group record. The document could be found at home or at a government office, religious organization, archive, or library.
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::e. A genealogical record repository of any type (courthouse, genealogical library, state or national archive, state library, etc.)
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:6. Begin your family tree by listing yourself and include at least two additional generations. You may complete this requirement by using the chart provided in the Genealogy merit badge pamphlet or the genealogy software program of your choice.
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:7. Complete a family group record form, listing yourself and your brothers and sisters as the children. On another family group record form, show one of your parents and his or her brothers and sisters as the children. This requirement may be completed using the chart provided or the genealogy software program of your choice.
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*'''6''': [http://www.makemyfamilytree.com/ Make My Family Tree] A free site with step-by-step directions to make a family tree.
*'''6''': [http://www.makemyfamilytree.com/ Make My Family Tree] A free site with step-by-step directions to make a family tree.
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*[http://www.arkansasresearch.com/guide.html Beginner's Guide to Family History Research]
*[http://www.arkansasresearch.com/guide.html Beginner's Guide to Family History Research]
*[http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/edu.cfm The Learning Center] - National Genealogical Society
*[http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/edu.cfm The Learning Center] - National Genealogical Society
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*[http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/rubincam_youth_award/nomination_form Rubincam Youth Award] - National Genealogical Society (Deadline for Submissions—31 January Annually)
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/ RootsWeb Genealogical Data Cooperative]
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/ RootsWeb Genealogical Data Cooperative]
*[http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry HomeTown]
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Resources include the Genealogy merit badge worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF, links, and cross-references to related badges and awards.  Prev  -  Next  

This is the Genealogy merit badge for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers.
Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts can earn the Cub Scout Heritages belt loop and pin.

Genealogy merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1972
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 056
Requirements revision: 2006
Latest pamphlet revision: 2008

Contents

Exploring your roots—where your family name came from, why your family lives where it does, what your parents and grandparents did for fun when they were your age—can be fascinating. Discovering your ancestors back through history is what genealogy is all about.


Genealogy merit badge requirements

  1. Explain to your counselor what the words genealogy, ancestor, and descendant mean.
  2. Do ONE of the following:
    a. Do a time line for yourself or for a relative. Then write a short biography based on that time line.
    b. Keep a journal for 6 weeks. You must write in it at least once a week.
  3. With your parent's help, choose a relative or a family acquaintance you can interview in person, by telephone, or by e-mail or letter. Record the information you collect so you do not forget it.
  4. Do the following:
    a. Name three types of genealogical resources and explain how these resources can help you chart your family tree.
    b. Obtain at least one genealogical document that supports an event that is or can be recorded on your pedigree chart or family group record. The document could be found at home or at a government office, religious organization, archive, or library.
    c. Tell how you would evaluate the genealogical information you found for requirement 4b.
  5. Contact ONE of the following individuals or institutions. Ask what genealogical services, records, or activities this individual or institution provides, and report the results:
    a. A genealogical or lineage society
    b. A professional genealogist (someone who gets paid for doing genealogical research)
    c. A surname organization, such as your family's organization
    d. A genealogical education facility or institution.
    e. A genealogical record repository of any type (courthouse, genealogical library, state or national archive, state library, etc.)
  6. Begin your family tree by listing yourself and include at least two additional generations. You may complete this requirement by using the chart provided in the Genealogy merit badge pamphlet or the genealogy software program of your choice.
  7. Complete a family group record form, listing yourself and your brothers and sisters as the children. On another family group record form, show one of your parents and his or her brothers and sisters as the children. This requirement may be completed using the chart provided or the genealogy software program of your choice.
  8. Do the following:
    a. Explain the effect computers and the Internet are having on the world of genealogy.
    b. Explain how photography (including microfilming) has influenced genealogy.
  9. Discuss what you have learned about your family and your family members through your genealogical research.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for Genealogy is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Genealogy requirements.
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  1. Genealogy is a rare merit badge with 4,387 earned in 2007!


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