The Lee County Genealogical Society is proud to promote the early education of family research for today's youth.
During 2003, a Family History Curriculum Guide was developed for middle school teachers of gifted students in the Lee County School System.
In October of 2006, LCGS sponsored a Youth Heritage Fair at the historic Burroughs Home in the River District of downtown Fort Myers overlooking the beautiful Caloosahatchee River. LCGS worked with many local organizations and individuals who partnered with us to provide young people with an opportunity to learn about their family history as well as their cultural heritage and how we connect with the world around us. This was an enriching experience for all participants, as they recognized the contributions of various cultures and understood the importance of preserving their own heritage and traditions. Activities included family history learning stations, traditional music, art, dance, food, crafts, storytelling and more in an exciting daylong event.
In 2007, LCGS piloted a Genealogy Workshop program geared towards middle school youth to learn the basics of family research. Working with the Lee County Library System sessions were held at the Fort Myers Regional Library and the Lehigh Library.
In the fall of 2007, LCGS published Let's Plant a Family Tree ~ How to Start Your Genealogy Research written by member Ruth Emmel. This seventy-one-page workbook is designed for young people but, many research newbies find it helpful as well. Step-by-step instructions are given for discovering your roots and how to uncover the stories and events that make them and your family unique.
This hands-on workbook will help them learn the first steps in researching including:
- How to use Family Group Sheets
- How to create Pedigree Charts
- How to use maps and develop timelines
- How to plan successful family interviews, and
- Many more hands-on activities
In 2007 LCGS joined in partnership with The News-Press and their Newspaper In Education (NIE) Program. In October of both 2007 and 2008, the Society designed an activity section for the EdVenture page to celebrate Family History Month to assist in bringing genealogy awareness to their readers.
In 2010, LCGS established an annual High School Youth Award to encourage students in Grades 11 and 12 to become family historians in order to research their heritage. LCGS will annually provide a one-time award of $500.00 to the student whose entry demonstrates the best understanding of genealogical research and documentation as evidenced by thorough biographical details and accurate supporting evidence. To our 2011 High School Youth Award winner, a certificate was presented at her high school awards assembly in early May. The $500.00 cash award was presented May 19, 2011, at our monthly meeting.
LCGS offers basic youth-oriented genealogy information on our website.