Building a family tree helps children and adults learn about their heritage

This Family Tree is one of the download games by Education Value Entertainment Inc. available at DonkeyOtie.com. Interactive arts and crafts are great tools for communicating history and family stories with small children and even adults.

Starting early to teach a child about their family lineage helps build a firm foundation that in later years could mean even more. Genealogy is a popular past time for many older Teche Area residents. The simple family tree form may look like child’s play, and if adults are lucky, they will remember their grandparents and grandparents. However, too often when the written names are required, only nicknames are remembered, not given names.

Build your child’s own family tree this Father’s Day using this Traditional Family Tree or download other relationship trees at DonkeyOtie.com. In the backstory of “Donkey Otie’s Forever Birthday Story,” written by Vicky Branton, the young beast of burden is an orphan. He is alone and lonely because he doesn’t know his family. Not until he finds a much larger family that loves him unconditionally, does Donkey Otie grow to be a strong and history making champion.

Many researchers find that medical reasons as well as emotional and spiritual impact makes knowing family heritage important. Regardless of the circumstances of the past, lives can be fruitful and grow when examining the legacy passed down through the generations. In addition to the natural family genealogy, child may have other relationships and a larger circle of mentors. Forms for influencers also is at DonkeyOtie.com.

Fill in the blanks by asking parents and grandparents, aunts, uncles and long time family friends questions about relatives no longer living. Each Parish Library has a room with qualified researchers, volunteers or staff, that can help trace the lineage. Use online research, genealogist, or hometown clerk of courts offices usually located at the courthouse or city hall. The further back you go, the more will be revealed to be able to see generational blessings and curses, trends and even aptitudes for careers and work interests, Branton said.

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