Genealogy for Kids: Cemetery Scavenger Hunt

I have to admit that while I was creating this scavenger hunt, my husband was kind of creeped out.  And he was warning me that people were going to think that I’m weird.  And morbid.  And an unfit mother.  And did I mention weird?  I like to think that I’m eccentric, not weird.:)

I’ve taken my kids to cemeteries a number of times and they aren’t exactly the most hip happening places to be.  Especially when Mom has no idea where the tombstones she’s searching for are located.  And the inscriptions are worn away.  It sometimes takes a while.

So, I made a couple of scavenger hunts for kids. The first one is pretty basic, for the younger set.  The second is a little bit more detailed – for my older kids.  These might not work so well at really small cemeteries, but if you’re in a small one then you probably won’t be there long enough to need a scavenger hunt, right?

I hope that there are some other parents/grandparents who will be able to use these.   I can’t wait to try them out on my kids!  I just wish that I had an ancestor that was buried in the El Paso area – or anywhere in the Southwest for that matter.  It might be a while before we do a cemetery trip.

This is the really simple one for the little kids – even non-readers.  You can download it in Word or as a PDF.

And here is the version for the older kids.  In Word and PDF.


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  • Cheryl Palmer - July 3, 2011 - 12:55 pm

    I love these photos, especially the one with the squirrel! I am going to save these wonderful ides you use with your children for hopefully using with my grandchildren one day! Very Awesome Jen! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Kellie S. Thompson - July 3, 2011 - 4:11 pm

    I love this idea!

    I sometimes go to the cemetery with my nephews and I think this would make it much more interesting for them while I take the photos I want to get!!

    They have very short attention spans and are usually in revolt after only about 10 photos when I want to take many more!ReplyCancel

  • Greta Koehl - July 3, 2011 - 5:54 pm

    Weird – no way! Ingenious – absolutely!ReplyCancel

  • Liz Tapley-Matthews - July 4, 2011 - 12:10 pm

    I do not think you are weird at all. If YOU are, then all of us grave seekers are; LOL. Great idea for the scavenger hunt. I love this and your family tree for the kids. Great ideas you have! Thanks for sharing them.ReplyCancel

  • Debi Austen - July 5, 2011 - 6:43 pm


  • Fran Sanchez - February 8, 2012 - 9:16 pm

    Great scavenger hunt. Definitely not weird. Actually very cool.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - February 8, 2012 - 9:20 pm

      Thanks Fran! :)ReplyCancel

  • Angie Walljasper - April 17, 2012 - 9:56 am

    Great idea! My kids and I enjoy going to the cemetaries and searching for ancestors but my youngest cant read and gets bored this would work great for him.(My husband thinks were weird too!)ReplyCancel

  • S. Carter - August 28, 2012 - 10:34 am

    Thank you so much for sharing. What a great idea! I plan to use it for a group of 10-11 year old girls in my church group. Thank you soooo much for taking the time to share!ReplyCancel

  • Wendi - September 6, 2012 - 2:27 pm

    I’m teaching a genealogy class for kids & wanted a scavenger hunt, but didn’t have the time to create my own – yours is great! BTW, I agree with your 1st paragraph – that’s me too;)ReplyCancel

    • Jen - September 16, 2012 - 12:10 pm

      I’m so glad that this is helpful to someone!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Vickie Buttram - February 28, 2013 - 3:22 am

    Your pages are awesome! My 10 yr. old grand daughter is in 4-H and she has asked me to help her do her family tree for a project this year. And Nana has a hard time telling her no. I like the idea of the cemetery Scavenger Hunt it teaches them to really look at the Grave stones.ReplyCancel

    • Jenn - March 9, 2013 - 5:54 pm

      Thanks Vickie!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Amy Parker Williams - October 26, 2013 - 10:36 pm

    We just did this today! It was great! Thank you so much for sharing. I needed a last minute activity for a 10 year old’s birthday get together and this was a hit with all the kids.

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  • Robert J. Apple - October 5, 2015 - 4:05 pm

    I would love to find my past. Our family came to America in the 1800 hundreds they settled in the mid west in //Saint Joseph Missouri, I understand they were in the liquor business my father made whiskey barrels, my grandfather had a general store in Saint Joseph as well.ReplyCancel

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