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Digital Subscriptions > Family Tree > September 2019 > How to inspire the next generation!

How to inspire the next generation!

Nina Hoole finds visiting archives can be child’s play with a youngster in tow

If it falls to you to look after children during the school holidays, why not consider helping them to get handson with their family history?

Admittedly, this won’t be a winner for every child, but if they are at least of junior school age and show an interest, then visiting an archive and delving into records could make a refreshing and low-cost change from cinema trips and theme parks. Last summer, with his interest in genealogy sparked by a TV programme, I took my history-obsessed eight-year-old to the West Yorkshire History Centre in Wakefield. I hadn’t done much physical family history research since before he’d been born, but the TV programme got us looking through old family photos and I was surprised at how interested he was in trying to track down ancestors himself.

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It’s time to dig for victory, see what clues your delving can unearth! Turn the clock back to 1939 with our special issue and discover your family’s story. This month we’re commemorating the 80th anniversary of the start of World War 2, and are researching and celebrating our ancestors’ lives from the time. To help you trace your family tree we’ve got: a packed guide to the essential family history records all you need to know about researching family in Second World War and first half of the 20th century and a bumper crop of tips to help you create your own family history home archive – filled with carefully stored photos, stories, notes and treasures. Beginner or expert, there’s plenty to discover and do as your learn more about your family’s story. Enjoy!