Family History Treasure Hunt

Family History Treasure Hunt

Here’s a fun activity your child can do next time you are visiting a grandparent or other older relative – a family history treasure hunt!  Your extended family member might even enjoy dusting off some old things and showing your child.

Your child can search for family history objects and papers, and might find some of these treasures:

  • Photos
  • Framed photos that have been taken down and tucked away
  • Old china and silverware
  • Christening clothing
  • Emigration papers, birth certificates and other family papers
  • Old clothing with special memories
  • Quilts
  • Letters, postcards and other correspondence
  • Handmade crafts
  • Family bible
  • Yearbooks
  • Traditional costumes
  • Musical instruments
  • Jewellery
  • Old toys
  • Newspaper clippings
  • School reports
  • Baby record books
  • Drawings and cards kept from their own children
  • Special gifts
  • Medals
  • Trophies
  • Family heirlooms (eg. clocks, paintings and engraved objects)
  • Journals
  • Books

Have a magnifying glass handy to look at old photos, and a pen and paper to write down some notes.  Your search might even prompt some great stories from a grandparent that you could write down or record on a device of some sort.

If you have more than one child, you could turn it into a game where the children earn points for things found.  The main object is the treasure hunt itself though, and not the winning. 🙂  And I think the best prize is the treasures themselves!

Have fun exploring!

3 thoughts on “Family History Treasure Hunt

  1. Jessica S

    What a fun idea. My daughter makes the seventh generation to live on the same homestead out here. I never thought about writing down what’s what (just in case), so she’ll always know. …MIght be a good decluttering trick, too: If it makes the list of treasures, it stays; if it has no sentimental value, it’s junk. LOL

  2. noahsarkhomeschoolacademy

    Reblogged this on Noah's Ark Homeschool Academy and commented:
    Homemaking with heart has a great idea here. This is inspired me to do something like this at home with my children. I don’t know that my relatives would be as pleased with my children digging around their house although I do see how that would be MORE FUN! I plan to ask around the family and add things that I have as well, such as quilts, pictures, letters, jewels, and also things from thier childhood and mine. This is such a wonderful idea! and the rabbit holes you could follow with this are endless. 🙂


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