FTM Educator Resource Site

Family History in the Classroom

Here are some resources that can help you to get started teaching family history in the classroom:

Family Tree Maker Pilot Program

If you are interested in teaching family history in the classroom and using FTM as a low or no-cost desktop software tool for your students to create their family trees, click here to fill out our Pilot Program sign-up form.

AncestryK12 Grant Program

AncestryK12 offers a no-cost program for K-12 schools that includes access to content from Fold3™ (military records), newspapers.com™ (millions of pages of historical newspapers), and the US collection of Ancestry™ (billions of records) as well as dozens of lesson plans. Learn more...

Family Tree Maker Data Sheet

This is a one-page PDF that summarizes all the key features of FTM 2017, including the four new ones: FamilySync®, FamilySearch Integration, Color Coding, and Photo Darkroom. Click here to download.

Teacher Lesson Plans

For an easy and engaging way to get started teaching genealogy in the classroom, here are a pair of lesson plans that introduce students to key concepts in family history research which they can then apply to their own projects. Provided by Pine Hollow Middle School (NC) educators who also contributed to Ancestry's iBook "Family History in the Classroom". Learn more...