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Genealogy Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the 2021 Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Genealogy Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Genealogy merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

Scout's Name:
Requirement 1: Explain to your counselor what the words *genealogy*, *ancestor*, and *descendant* mean.
Requirement 2: Do ONE of the following:
Requirement 2a: Create a time line for yourself or for a relative. Then write a short biography based on that time line.
Requirement 2b: Keep a journal for six weeks. You must write in it at least once a week.
Requirement 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.
Requirement 4: Do the following:
Requirement 4a: Name three types of genealogical resources and explain how these resources can help you chart your family tree.
Requirement 4b: 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.
Requirement 4c: Tell how you would evaluate the genealogical information you found for requirement 4b.
Requirement 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:
Requirement 5a: A genealogical or lineage society
Requirement 5b: A professional genealogist (someone who gets paid for doing genealogical research)
Requirement 5c: A surname organization, such as your family's organization
Requirement 5d: A genealogical educational facility or institution.
Requirement 5e: A genealogical record repository of any type (courthouse, genealogical library, state or national archive, state library, etc.)
Requirement 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.
Requirement 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.
Requirement 8: Do the following:
Requirement 8a: Explain the effect computers and the Internet are having on the world of genealogy.
Requirement 8b: Explain how photography (including microfilming) has influenced genealogy.
Requirement 9: Discuss what you have learned about your family and your family members through your genealogical research.