Genealogy from the perspective of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon, LDS)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Need an Eagle Project? Engaging the youth in family history through cemetery photos

If you or anyone you know is really serious about engaging the youth in a worthwhile genealogy related activity, I suggest that they take a walk with their children or grandchildren to the local cemetery and let them become involved in's project to digitize and add GPS coordinates to the world's cemeteries. One thing has done all along is offer a special plaque to those conducting a service project, such as a Boy Scout Eagle Project, involved in digitizing the gravemarkers in a cemetery. Here is a screenshot of the Service Project Page:

One of my grandsons completed his Eagle Scout requirements by involving his Ward in a project to digitize the local City of Mesa Cemetery. We helped a very little, but his immediate family completed the images of the entire cemetery and transcribed the gravemarkers. This is really good way to give younger people hands-on experience in doing family history and assisting others in the process.

1 comment:

  1. I helped my husband's nephew with his Billion Graves Eagle Project too. Not only was it a good family history experience, it was an opportunity to educate the kids on the best way to photograph headstones.