TITLE: GENEALOGY RESEARCH AUTHOR: Nelda Helt, Stillwater High School, Stillwater, OK GRADE LEVEL/SUBJECT: 11 Western Civilization (This can be adapted to any history or literature class). OVERVIEW: Students need to realize history is not just a listing of dates, wars, and leaders but the story of real people whose lives were impacted by the events of their time. PURPOSE: The main purpose of this activity is to create interest and personalize history. OBJECTIVES: 1. Students should gain an appreciation for their family history and when possible, open a new avenue for communication with an older generation. 2. Students should realize that social, political, and economic conditions force families to take drastic measures such as move to a new area or another county. 3. Students should realize all Americans are immigrants (even the Indians in spite of their early arrival). RESOURCES/MATERIALS: A wide variety of forms can be obtained from: The Church of Latter-day Saints Genealogical Society Salt Lake City, Utah Bookcraft, Inc. 1848 West 2300 South Salt Lake City, Utah 84119 Stevenson's Genealogy Center 230 West 1230 North Provo, Utah 84604 (801)374-9600 ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES: 1. Introduce the unit with a speaker from the local genealogical society to explain how to begin tracing a family tree and what resources are available locally. 2. Require students to complete (if possible) the four generation Pedigree Chart and a family form for each of the seven families represented on that chart or a family portrait form for any students with family pictures. Other materials are available for students who have more family information. 3. Require one of the following: Write a family history beginning with the earliest known ancestor. Select a country from your ancestory and research events which caused people to immigrate from that country and what influenced their selection of a new region to live. Tape record a family member telling favorite family stories of people in the older generations. Tape record the stories from a time period. For example, what happened to members of this family during World War II TYING IT ALL TOGETHER: This assignment may span a nine weeks or a semester to allow students time and opportunity to make the necessary contacts. Therefore, time should be provided for students to share new discoveries with the class. Students should also be encouraged to share research information which is pertinent to the units taught in the class. Putting your family or a classmates family "on the scene" can make history more personal, thus, more interesting.
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