Friday, May 19, 2017

Connecting Youth~A Tennessee High School Ancestor Project at #NGS2017GEN

NGS 2017 held in Raleigh, North Carolina last week, started out with a bang.
Keynote speaker, J. Mark Lowe, described a program he worked on with a group of high school students from Tennesee.

J. Mark Lowe
Keynote Speaker for NGS 2017

After researching their family tree, they were to choose an ancestor and create a poster to tell their story. 
Each participant then recorded in their own voice what they had discovered about the ancestor. These recordings were then added to a QR code and attached to the poster. The result is a visual and audio presentation of an ancestor's life.
The youth participating agreed to let Mark bring the posters to the conference and were on display.

Tennesee High School Student's
Ancestry Projects

We simply used an app on our phones or tablets to scan the code on the posters and then listen as ancestor's stories were told by their descendants. Marvelous! As we stood and listened we thought about the youth we could share this idea with and have them do the same.  

Thanks to Mark and each of the participants for sharing their work and allowing each of us to be a part of their Ancestry Project. 

Talking to Mark about the project.

Have you had success in connecting youth to their family history? What worked for you? We'd love to hear about it!

Thanks for stopping by!
Helping you climb your family tree,


  1. Sounds like you have a wonderful adventure!

    1. It was a lot of fun, meeting up with old friends and meeting new ones. It was also a great learning experience. Thanks so much for reading my post and taking the time to leave a comment, Nancy!