Take the Family History Challenge

From Sept. 1, 2021 – Nov. 30, 2021, take the Family History Challenge on Beanstack!

Attend live or on-demand Genealogy & History programs and complete family history research activities for a chance to win the grand prize, an AncestryDNA testing kit!

Each month, you’ll also have the chance to win a $50 gift card from Amazon. The more badges you earn, the greater are your chances of winning.

JCPL employees and their families are ineligible to win prizes.

Attend Live Programs

Each month, attend one live Genealogy & History program to earn an Attend Live Programs badge. Programs may be either in person at JCPL or online via Zoom. Be sure to check the events calendar. Due to COVID, program locations are subject to change.

Attend On-Demand Programs

Watch a video in our YouTube genealogy playlist, listen to an episode of the Jessamine History Walks podcast, or complete a genealogy lesson in Universal Class or The Great Courses to earn the monthly Attend On-Demand Programs badge.


Complete family history research activities to earn weekly Research badges. (Tip: From now until Dec. 31, 2021, you can search Ancestry.com Library Edition from home, and it’s free with your library card!)

Get Started

  1. Login or create a Beanstack account.
  2. Track your monthly program attendance and weekly research activities to earn badges.
  3. Repeat for more chances to win!