If you're interested in starting your child off in genealogy, a great place to start is the Daughters of the American Revolution American History essay contest. Designed for grades five to eight, it asks students to write a short essay about a topic in history.
Here's this year's:
The year 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of Ellis Island as an immigration station. On a typical day, immigrants arriving on the island could expect to spend up to seven hours in processing activities intended to determine whether or not they were legally and medically fit to enter the United States. Imagine yourself as a child traveling through Ellis Island in 1892. How would you describe your experience to your cousin who has never heard of Ellis Island?
Imagine the possibilities. You could offer your child a chance to learn about the site through history books - or you could introduce them to an ancestor who visited the site...