This summer why not spend some time with your family passing down stories about your history, heritage, and tracing your roots. Start by telling your children about their family history. It is a great family building activity. Family genealogy searches are made easier now with the easy access to the internet resources available. Kids have a natural curiosity about their parents as children. Passing down stories to new generations keeps family history alive. It also serves to help children build a strong sense of character and connection to the customs and traditions that make them unique. Start with What You Know Passing down stories from the past is easy. Start with familiar stories of how your parents met and where they were born. Once you get started, you will be amazed at the wealth of information you have to share with your children. Call on Family Members Living aunts, uncles, and grandparents love to share stories of their past with others. It is a great way to draw generations together and honor their role in the family. You might even learn a thing or two you hadn't heard before. Make a Family Tree Do a craft together. You can start with just a few names or set out to accomplish a bigger project depending on how old your children are. Have some Fun with Photos Putting together a scrapbook of family photos triggers a lot of discussion about family events and traditions. Sharing your memories together about special traditions and family occasions is a great way to engage children in the discovery of their heritage.