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Assignment

You will be creating and presenting to the class a story of immigration to the United States: that of your own family! This is a comprehensive project with many steps, so be sure to please pay attention to the rubric and ask for assistance when needed. You will need a library card number and a PIN to log into the JoCo library website. 

 

1. Create a family tree extending back as far back as possible, with a goal of at least 5 generations (starting with your parents). Choose either you father or mother's line to follow. Your family tree must include names, dates, and places. 

 

2. Find when your first ancestor came to the United States, and place their immigration story into the historical context of when they arrived. Connect the time and place of your ancestor's migration to major events/historical developments occurring at the time. What are some potential push/pull factors motivating your ancestor to migrate to the United States? What challenges may your ancestor have faced upon arrival? 

 

3. Research the area your ancestor came from; use Google Earth to find a selection of images to use in this portion of your presentation. Research cultural traditions related to your ancestor's country of origin. What family traditions do you celebrate because of your cultural heritage? 

 

4. Include artifacts/documents of your family history as part of your presentation. This can include birth certificates, census records, marriage licenses, family photographs, etc. 

 

5. Over Thanksgiving break: Oral history interviews of at least 3 family members talking about family history stories of ancestors in your family tree. One of these interviews must be recorded (video/audio). 

 


Alternate:

1.  Pick a famous person, or someone in your life that you are close to. Go back 5 generations (if possible)

 

2. Find when THAT PERSON’S ANCESTORS first came to the United States, and place their immigration story into the historical context of when they arrived. Connect the time and place of migration to major events/historical developments occurring at the time. 

3. Research the area THAT PERSON’S ANCESTORS came from; use Google Earth to find a selection of images to use in this portion of your presentation. Research cultural traditions related to your ancestor's country of origin. IN WHAT WAYS DO YOU SUSPECT PEOPLE HONOR THESE TRADITIONS TODAY (USE RESEARCH TO SUPPORT THIS)?

4. Include artifacts/documents of THAT PERSON'S family history as part of your presentation. This can include birth certificates, census records, marriage licenses, photographs, etc. 

5. Over Thanksgiving break: Oral history interviews of at least 3 ADULTS WHO YOU ARE CLOSE TO talking about THEIR family histories AND CULTURAL TRADITIONS. One of these interviews must be recorded (video/audio). ​​

Resources

*some resources require a library card # and PIN

**some resources require a KS driver's license #

Myheritage.com - free resource