Resources for Educators


Calling All Teachers

Do you have a family history or genealogy component in your lesson plans? Let Ontario Ancestors, Ancestry and Family Tree Maker help you.


Ancestry offers free access to its amazing databases to teachers in both the United States and in Canada, although the programs are somewhat different. In the United States, the Ancestry K12 program offers access for one year to its American collection, Fold 3 and sites, with 19 lesson plans written to U.S. State standards. In Canada, Ancestry’s Classroom Learning Grant provides 90 consecutive days free access to their Ancestry Institution (World Explorer) content.  Both of these programs are designed for kindergarten to grade 12. More information and the application program is available HERE.

Ancestry also makes available a comprehensive description of their resources HERE as well as Interview Questions which can serve as prompts for an interview of a family member.

Family Tree Maker

The ability to use Ancestry to create family trees is restricted on their educational access plans. Family Tree Maker has stepped into the breach with the Family Tree Maker Pilot Program.  Under this program schools may acquire Family Tree Maker free or at nominal cost as a desktop program to enable students to record their research and create their personal family trees. Let students supplement their research with access to’s free databases. Learn more about Family Tree Maker’s Education Pilot Program and how to apply HERE.

Ontario Ancestors

While Ancestry’s U.S. targeted lesson plans are also available to teachers in Canada, you may also wish to review Ontario Ancestors’ Family History Lesson Plans, created with the support of the Archives of Ontario. These lesson plans are designed for both elementary and secondary school educators and allow students to work with and learn from primary resources. These educational resources have been designed to integrate family history into the Ontario curriculum.

Get your free copy of Family History in the Classroom

Educators from the University of North Carolina literally wrote the book on using family history in the classroom, an iBook designed to help teachers create their own family history classroom experience with interactive presentations and downloadable handouts. The authors of the chapters in this enhanced digital textbook are educators
who were granted access to Ancestry,, and databases for the purposes of the project. You can download Family History in the Classroom as a free pdf document HERE.

Let Ontario Ancestors, Ancestry and Family Tree Maker help you introduce your students to the experience of family history research today.

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