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Your primary genealogical task is to identify your immediate ancestors: two parents, four grandparents, eight great grandparents, and perhaps sixteen great great grandparents if possible. You should find out the names of as many of these people as possible in the first 2-3 weeks of the semester. Hopefully, these names will take you to spouses, children and other extended family members. You may soon realize that it is unlikely that you will discover the names of the majority of your immediate ancestors; do the best you can.
Since this paper is not simply a genealogy exercise, it is critical that you find broader themes to connect to your family research. In short, you need to figure out which historical themes addressed in our textbook and lectures are relevant to your particular family’s story.
- If, for instance, you find that most of your father’s side of the family is descended from Italian immigrants, then you will need to discuss the broader contours of Italian emigration to America and the experiences of Italian-Americans in general.
- If you have several members of your family who served in the military during times of war, you should discuss the larger operational aspects of these conflicts.
- If you had ancestors who moved from the countryside to a city, be sure to explore the larger trend of urbanization.
- If you or your parents recently moved to this country, you should examine the history of why the people of your country of origin moved to the United States. What encouraged them to leave their home country and what attracted them to the U.S.?
Connecting your ancestors to these broader storylines is the essence of the paper. Basically, you are situating your family’s story in the context of the history of the United States since 1865.
For All Time by
Call Number: CS16.K45 1996
Family history writing can take many forms--a short essay or narrative introduction to a collection of family letters, long captions comprising a family photo history, a biography of parents and a narrative of their life together, an autobiography, or even a family newsletter. Readers will gain a thorough understanding of how to write family history.
Genealogy for the First Time by
Call Number: CS16 .B46 2003
This comprehensive guide offers a basic introduction to the primary methods and sources used in genealogy work. Begin by organizing and evaluating the information that is readily available to you, such as documents and photographs in your possession. Explore fundamental research techniques such as keeping a research log, interviewing relatives, making charts, citing sources, and using the Internet.
Family Tree Templates
Filling out Genealogical Forms
How to Use the Pedigree Chart & Family Group Sheet.
Free Family Tree Charts
Interactive charts you can download, complete in your browser, and print.
Legacy Family Tree
A full-featured software program to create a family tree. The standard edition is free. If you try it and like it, there is a deluxe version available at a small cost.
NARA Charts and Forms
Blank forms to record your research results from the National Archives.
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