FamilySearch Interactive Pioneer Children Activity Online
What was it like for a pioneer child to trudge more than a thousand miles across the plains to the Salt Lake valley and beyond? To get an idea, take a look at the new, free FamilySearch interactive online experience. It gives you a glimpse of the lives of hundreds of pioneer children.
The new FamilySearch Pioneer Children Online Activity was launched in concert with Pioneer Day celebrations in Utah and in conjunction with the grand opening of the Pioneer Children’s Memorial at This Is the Place Heritage Park.
As part of the new memorial exhibit, the names of 684 children who died along the pioneer trek to the west are engraved on stone monuments. These names also integrate with the FamilySearch Pioneer Children Online Activity to create fun discovery experiences for patrons searching for their pioneer-era ancestors. The lovely memorial grounds are filled with over 30 larger-than-life bronze sculptures that relay the trail history and represent multiple stories.
The free FamilySearch Pioneer Children Online Activity is available to everyone, including those without a free FamilySearch account. If you don’t have ancestors who made the treacherous journey, the online activity is still very insightful.
Young and old alike can play the Pioneer Matching Game by taking a three-question quiz, where you select personal interests from four categories. Your personal interests are then matched with a pioneer child from historical records who had similar characteristics.
For example, the results of your selected interests may show that you are “creative” and how you might have used your creativity as a child on the pioneer trek west. The name of an actual pioneer child is then included with a short story of his or her experience, the child’s age (0–18), the length of time he or she was on the trail, and the trek company he or she traveled with.
“The experience resonates with children and youth who have tried it,” said FamilySearch’s Sarah Hammon, who helped oversee the launch of the new activity. She explained that children and adults alike love fun discovery experiences, and even more if they can make personal connections.
This FamilySearch Pioneer Children Online Activity has been created through the close collaboration of FamilySearch, the Church History Library (which provided the historical database), This Is the Place Heritage Park, and Days of ’47 Inc.
FamilySearch continues to produce a variety of interactive family history activities online to create fun personal discovery experiences. Sign in to your FamilySearch account for even more available activities.
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