Children who know their family history are often better fortified against the storms of life, according to a longtime educator scheduled to teach a “Genealogy in the Classroom” workshop.
Cheryl Murray, a third-grade teacher at Deer Creek Elementary School, will offer the workshop at 9 a.m. April 26 during the Generations Genealogy Conference hosted by the Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5020 NW 63. Everyone is welcome to attend the class, but educators are especially invited.
“Knowing who they are and where they come from gives children a foundation and helps them with the battles of life as well as the joys,” Murray said. “It gives them inner strength.”
Murray said family history can easily be incorporated into lesson plans for history, English and geography classes, and used for social occasions such as celebrating birthdays. She said she sometimes asks mothers who bring birthday treats to tell the story of the day their child was born. Often, she said, the mother realizes she had never told that story to her child, and it becomes a poignant moment.
When her daughter was about 5 years old, Murray took her to visit the town where she lived when her daughter was born.
“I showed her the house we lived in and the hospital where she was born,” Murray said. “She was very enthusiastic about it and very interested in all the details.”
Murray said she also shared stories about her daughter’s great-grandfather, a Mennonite who was a Russian immigrant, which provided opportunities to teach about Russian history, geography and culture. Her daughter now shares those stories with her children and serves them a sandwich prepared the way her grandfather liked it.
The genealogy conference is free, but preregistration is requested. The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with classes offered for beginners as well as experienced genealogists on such topics as using social media for genealogical research; Italian, British, German and Native American records research; and genealogy in the Cloud.
To learn more
For a full list of classes and information about lunch options, go to OKGenealogyConference.weebly.com or contact April Garwood at 285-1547 or firstname.lastname@example.org.