Well done to Eleanor Parkyn who won
the FFHS competition. Here she is with Nick Barratt:
How can you join the Acorn Club?
If you are interested in your family history, particularly in
Devon, you are automatically a member of the Acorn Club.
- Welcome to the exciting world of family history. This is a
special kind of history because it is all about you. Only your
brothers and sisters will have the same story to tell, because it
is all about your family.
- Family history is discovering the names of your ancestors but
it can be much more. You can find out about the jobs they did, the
places where they lived and what their lives were like.
- Searching for your family history is a bit like being a
detective. You have to search for clues in many different places to
try and find out answers to your questions. You have to be careful
because sometimes you will find red herrings (false leads and
- It is rather like doing a jigsaw puzzle, except with family
history, there are always some pieces missing. Some of the
information may be in your own house, or in the houses of your
grandparents or your aunts, uncles or cousins.
- Look at the Getting Started (link) and Activities (link) pages
to see what Acorn Club member Martha found for her own family
history, then discover if your families have anything like
- If you have anything you would like to add to the Acorn Club
pages, perhaps stories, puzzles or things you have found out about
your family history, email firstname.lastname@example.org
(Please ask your parents’ permission first)
Maggie helps with the Acorn Club, providing help and advice to set
up after school and lunch time clubs. She provides resources and
support within schools to use family history to enhance the
curriculum. If you see her at a Family History exhibition say
“Hello”, ask her for an Acorn Club badge and let her
know what you have discovered about your family.
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