| 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|
|BSA Advancement ID:||056|
|Latest pamphlet revision:||2008|
|“||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
| A FREE workbook for Genealogy is available here! |
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
|meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of|
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
- Per the BSA: "You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject." Pamphlets (books) are at local Scout Shops and online at ScoutStuff.org.
- "Get a signed Merit Badge application from your Scoutmaster." An online, printable Word doc file version is available.
- Genealogy is a rare merit badge with 4,387 earned in 2007!
- 6: Make My Family Tree A free site with step-by-step directions to make a family tree.
Personal development-related awards
- Boy Scout merit badges:
- Venturing: Religious and Community Life Bronze Award - TRUST Award - Quest Award - Ranger Award electives: Physical Fitness - Backpacking
- Webelos activity badges: Citizen - Communicator - Family Member -Fitness - Scholar; Other resources: Flag Ceremonies
- Cub Scout belt loops & pins: Citizenship - Communicating - Heritages - Language and Culture - Physical Fitness
- Boy Scout Merit Badges: Art - Chess - Coin Collecting - Collections - Computers - Dog Care - Fishing - Gardening - Genealogy - Golf - Horsemanship - Pets - Photography - Radio - Railroading - Reading - Stamp Collecting
- Venturing: Arts and Hobbies Bronze Award; Ranger Award electives: Cave Exploration - Cycling - Equestrian - Fishing
- Webelos Activity Badges: Artist - Traveler
- Cub Scout Belt Loops & Pins: Art - Chess - Collecting - Computers
General Merit Badge information
- An Introduction to Merit Badges – how to get started, who chooses the counselor, etc.
- Merit Badge Worksheets & Requirements – with the revision dates, diagrams, charts, checklists, logs, and links you need.
- Merit Badge Application – offers online resources to let you print "Blue Cards," etc.
- Merit Badge FAQ – answers dozens of questions like: Who can be a counselor? Can requirements be added or removed?
- Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval – Certain requirements need prior approval. Most do not. Here is the list.
- Also see: Most Popular Merit Badges – Merit Badge Policies – Eagle-Required Merit Badges – Merit Badge Days
- Additionally: List of Merit Badges by Field of Study – Merit Badge Pamphlets & Libraries
- Merit Badge Counselors must complete Youth Protection Training, file an Adult Application (and Merit Badge Counselor Information Form); and be approved by the local council. (See the Guide for Merit Badge Counselors for additional details.)
- Julie's Genealogy - BSA Merit Badge
- Kindred Trails A comprehensive genealogy site with free downloads, free forms, and free software.
- Beginner's Guide to Family History Research
- The Learning Center - National Genealogical Society
- Rubincam Youth Award - National Genealogical Society (Deadline for Submissions—31 January Annually)
- RootsWeb Genealogical Data Cooperative
- Ancestry HomeTown
- Genealogy: Free Advice for Effective Searches
- Family Tree Searcher
- GenSite - ranks genealogy sites by popularity
- Kindred Konnections Genealogy and Family History Home Page
- Daughters of the American Revolution Library
- The USGenWeb Project
- The WorldGenWeb Project
- Genealogy: Ultimate Family Tree - several free databases available
- FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service
- Family Tree Maker's Genealogy Site: Genealogy Help
- Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet - hundreds of thousands of links