Genealogy Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Genealogy Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Genealogy Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
Genealogy Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Genealogy Merit Badge Workbook
Genealogy Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Genealogy Merit BadgeThings to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Genealogy Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude


1. Explain to your counselor what the words genealogy, ancestor, and descendant mean.

Scouts will find using the merit badge pamphlet helpful, if not easiest, to prepare for this requirement. It is highly recommended that Scouts make notes to help prepare themselves for discussion during the class on this requirement.  It is not acceptable to try and wing-it or fake their way through answering this requirement and Scouts should be ready to show that they understand the meaning of these genealogical terms.


2. Do ONE of the following:

a. Create a time line for yourself or for a relative. Then write a short biography based on that time line.

b. Keep a journal for six weeks. You must write in it at least once a week.

This requirement will NOT be done in the class as this requirement is personal to the Scout and should be done ahead of time in preparation for the class.  Scouts having done the work for this requirement prior to the class will be given the opportunity to share their work with the counselor and other participants for consideration of being signed off on this requirement.  Be prepared.


3. With your parent's help, choose a relative or a family acquaintance you can interview in person, by telephone, or by email or letter. Record the information you collect so you do not forget it.

Scouts will need to do this requirement prior to the class for consideration of being signed off.  It is important to note that the requirement clearly states that the Scout must record the information they collect from the relative they interview.  Only Scouts who can show record of their findings will have the opportunity to be reviewed for sign off on this requirement during the class.  Just saying that you did the interview is not enough as the requirement states you must record your work.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts consider utilizing a merit badge workbook or other accessible media to help organize their notes and recording.


4. Do the following:

a. Name three types of genealogical resources and explain how these resources can help you chart your family tree.

Scouts will find reviewing the merit badge pamphlet will be their best resource for identifying genealogical resources and understanding how they can help in their genealogical work.  Scouts should be prepared to share at least three types of resources they could use and give explanation to their helpfulness.

b. Obtain at least one genealogical document that supports an event that is or can be recorded on your pedigree chart or family group record. The document could be found at home or at a government office, religious organization, archive, or library.

c. Tell how you would evaluate the genealogical information you found for requirement 4b.

Components b and c will be reviewed in the class for all Scouts who come to the class having done preparation work.  It is recommended that Scouts bring a copy (no originals please) of their selected document for use during the class.  Because this requirement is associated a Scout's personal pedigree chart or family group record, Scouts will need to be able to show one of these items as well.  Scouts will have some time during the class to create a pedigree or family group sheet but must come to the class minimally with the information needed to fill these out.  Only Scouts who have accurately prepared for this requirement prior to the class will have the opportunity of being considered for sign off during the class.


5. Contact ONE of the following individuals or institutions. Ask what genealogical services, records, or activities this individual or institution provides, and report the results.

a. A genealogical or lineage society.

b. A professional genealogist (someone who gets paid for doing genealogical research).

c. A surname organization, such as your family's organization.

d. A genealogical educational facility or institution.

e. A genealogical record repository of any type (courthouse, genealogical library, state or national archive, state library, etc.)

While the merit badge counselor MAY be able to assist with helping fulfill this requirement during the class, Scouts should not rely upon this possibility if they want to ensure sign off on this requirement during the class.  Scouts should contact one of the organizations listed in the components of this requirement prior to the class to gather the required information.  Scouts attending the class will have an opportunity to share their results during the class for consideration of sign off by th merit badge counselor.  Scouts must positively and actively participate in class discussion as well as be prepared for this consideration to exist.


6. Begin your family tree by listing yourself and include at least two additional generations. You may complete this requirement by using the chart provided in the Genealogy merit badge pamphlet or the genealogy software program of your choice.

Scouts are encouraged to do this prior to the class however some time will be allotted to work on this requirement during the class.  Scouts should come prepared with information that will help them fulfill the requirement.  Scouts attending the class without this information or having done preparation work will find it difficult to complete this requirement during the class.


7. Complete a family group record form, listing yourself and your brothers and sisters as the children. On another family group record form, show one of your parents and his or her brothers and sisters as the children. This requirement may be completed using the chart provided or the genealogy software program of your choice.

Scouts should at a minimum gather the required information asked for in this requirement.  The merit badge counselor will help facilitate discussion and education on family group sheets as it pertains to genealogy.  Scouts should do their best to prepare for this requirement ahead of time to get the most out of the class discussion and education.  Scout without the required information for filling in the family group sheet will not be able to finish or be signed off on this requirement during the class.


8. Do the following:

a. Explain the effect computers and the Internet are having on the world of genealogy.

b. Explain how photography (including microfilming) has influenced genealogy.

The merit badge counselor will help facilitate discussion on this requirement, however Scouts must review the merit badge pamphlet prior to the class to have an understanding of the requirement.  Scouts not having reviewed the merit badge pamphlet or other sources may find it difficult to complete this requirement.  Active participation in the class discussion is also required for consideration in being signed off on this requirement.


9. Discuss what you have learned about your family and your family members through your genealogical research.

The merit badge counselor will help facilitate the discussion for completing this requirement.  As the requirement states, Scouts will need to share what they learned in completing the other previous requirements.  Only Scouts who actively participate in the discussion AND have met most of the previous requirements will be qualified for being signed off on this requirement during the class.

this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019