Teaching genealogy is often a labor of love. An excited genealogy buff emerges in a community and creates from the whole cloth what she or he thinks out to fit in a curriculum. A few inquitive people seek out what has already been written on the topic of genealogy education. These people would benefit from a closer look at some of the following titles:
- Carlberg, Nancy Ellen. Teaching Genealogy. Anaheim, Calif.: Carlberg Press, 1988.
- Carter, Fran. On Teaching Genealogy. Orting, Wash.: Heritage Quest Press, 1989.
- Davis, John Rivard. Not Merely Ancestors: A Guide for Teaching Genealogy in the Schools. Baltimore, Md.: Clearfield Co., 1993.
- Estus, Charles, et al. Creating Effective Community History Assignments. Chicago: Newberry Library, 1979. (Newberry Papers in Family and Community History, no. 79-4.)
- Flack, Jerry D. Lives of Promise: Studies in Biography and Family History. Englewood, Colo.: Teacher Ideas Press, 1992. (Gifted Treasury Series.)
- Parker, J. Carlyle. Directory of Archivist and Librarian Genealogical Instructors. Turlock, Calif.: Marietta Publishing Co., 1990.
- Provenzo, Eugene F., Jr., and Provenzo, Asterie Baker. Pursuing the Past: Teacher’s Handbook. 2 v. Menlo Park, Calif.: Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., 1984.
- Smith, Gary, and Otero, George. Teaching About Ethnic Heritage. Rev. ed. Revised by Edith King. Denver, Colo.: Center for Teaching International Relations, University of Denver, 1988.
- Styx, Sherrie A. Curioser and Curioser: Investigative Genealogy (Teacher Guide). Rev. 1989. Eugene, Oreg.: Styx Enterprises, 1989.
- Teaching Community History: Guides to Readings in Colonial Studies, Family History, Multimedia, & Oral History. Chicago: Newberry Library, 1977. (Newberry Papers in Family and Community History, no. 77-1.)
- Wynne, Frances Holloway, and Stevens, C. J. Teaching Genealogy to Enrich the Curricula of the Intermediate, Middle, or Junior High School. Baton Rouge, La.: Oracle Press, 1982.
I would be interested in hearing your opinions on any of these books. Are there some others you’d recommend? Which are suited for those teaching elementary, middle or high school classes, and which are appropriate for those teaching adult education? Your comments are most welcome.