Family history can help a student make a personal connection to a multitude of academic topics. Naturally, studying about an ancestor who participated in an historical event creates a sense of reality for history studies, but genealogy envelops a multitude of academic topics. Topics such as geography, language, social studies, science, religion, culture, art, music, food, etc, are all touched on in genealogy and by helping your child or grandchild become invested in your family's ancestry and history exposes them to each of these subjects. You can connect almost any academic study to your family history if you take a moment to "think outside of the box" and consider how something might relate to your family directly.
In addition, family history research involves logic, detective skills, library and research skills, writing and communication, spelling, typing, technology and computer skills. Finding out about your family involves organization and the ability to sift and judge information based on its source--basic reasoning skills that our youth are so desperately in need of at this time. So many youth today are conditioned to instant answers, without thinking past the idea of "googling" information, that is then often taken at face value. Family history work will teach your child or grandchild to stop, pay attention, and reason out facts and sources. It certainly has the power to hone their skills for those massive research papers and projects that occur in later grades and college.