Genealogy Scout Interest Badge

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Badge requirements


Note: The Genealogical Society of South Africa has requested that all recorded information be passed on to them, and all Scouts doing the badge are encouraged to do so. Their website address is

  1. Explain the meaning of genealogy and genealogical resources.
  2. Make a pedigree chart of your family. Fill it in as far as you can at the beginning, and add additional names, dates, and places to it as you obtain further information.
  3. Show yourself as a child on a family group record form and show one of your parents as a child on another family group record form.
  4. Interview an older relative to obtain information about your family. This interview may be in person, by telephone, or by email. Add any information obtained to your pedigree chart and family group records.
  5. Obtain at least one genealogical document showing proof of some information on your pedigree chart or family group records. This document may be located in your home, an archive or library, etc.
  6. Tell how you would evaluate genealogical information.
  7. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Do a timeline for yourself or a close relative.
    2. Keep a journal for six weeks, writing in it at least once weekly.
    3. Write a short history of yourself or of a close relative.
  8. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Record the headstone inscriptions on a small farm cemetery.
    2. With other Scouts, record the headstone inscriptions in a town cemetery.
    3. Assist in recording a Complete Birth, Marriage or Death register at your local church.
  9. Tell where you would find current information about genealogical records and research methods.

Requirements in PDF

See also

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