Online genealogy resource helps students

Victoria Genealogical Society creates web resource to promote ancestry research

The Victoria Genealogical Society has launched a new online resource for students and teachers.

Genealogy In the Classroom is the product of a year’s work by a group of volunteers from the society, many of whom have teaching backgrounds.

“Our goal was to develop a fun and engaging way of introducing school-aged students to the world of genealogy,” president Melanie Arscott said in a press release. “Genealogy in the Classroom provides that opportunity and more.”

The program can be reached by clicking a link on the society’s website, www.victoriags.org.

There are eight different areas of focus, including the Classroom, which contains a variety of student activities; the Computer Lab, where users can watch videos about genealogy; and Teacher’s Corner, which includes lesson guides and other teaching resources. The website also includes links to further resources developed by other organizations.

The user-friendly site is free and requires no registration or passwords. The idea is to allow parents, community groups and anyone else interested in genealogy to make easy use of the resources.

The Victoria Genealogical Society is a non-profit volunteer group whose mandate is to further interest in genealogy: the study of one’s ancestors and family history.

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