The Family Tree Project is a place for you to begin learning your family story.
Summer is upon us, and with it countless hours spent with family who love to tell tales on each other and themselves. Your homework this summer, then, is to interview at least four (4) family members and record their stories, collecting as much information about your family as possible. Two of your four people should be your parents. The family members you interview must be over eighteen years of age. You can interview them orally (preferred: you ask questions and record their answers with an iPod, iPad, iPhone or computer) or in writing (give them the questions and have them write their answers) using the FTP Family History Data Sheet in your History Dropbox folder. These four interviews are your first homework assignment in 8th grade history, and are due in class on Friday, 8 September, 2017.
Fill in the information about yourself at the top of each Family History Data Sheet. Give or send a copy of the enclosed questionnaire to at least two of your ancestors (or relatives) to get information about your parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. Please ask each recipient to fill out the information and send the completed form to you before 1 September 2017. If you have an older sibling that has collected this information, you may use it, but you are still responsible for doing five interviews this summer. You may not, however, view or review their completed projects.
You should also photograph other relevant information, like your parents’/grandparents’ high school diplomas, marriage bans or licenses, etc. We will be producing not only a published book, but also a digital copy which will include multi- media like songs, videos and photo slideshows (and perhaps animations done by you).
You are also required to complete a Pedigree Chart to turn in on Friday, 8 September, 2017. There is a version available in the Dropbox folder, or you may create your own. You are required to complete back to your Grandparents (3 generations). Knowledge of prior generations is helpful and will enrich your project, but it is not required. You are also required to have photographs of these seven people (including you) when you get to school
You may find aunts, uncles, great aunts and great uncles useful sources of family data. You might also suggest that they consider sending you memorabilia such as copies of birth certificates, wedding bans, diplomas, artifacts (non-paper items) or family recipes. Any video they have of family events will be helpful as well - your parents’ wedding, grandparents’ weddings, etc.
Photos of family are crucial to a successful Family Tree Project. You will be required to take a certain number of portraits of immediate family once the school year commences. If you can acquire other photographs, either digital copies or prints, you will definitely incorporate them into your finished project. Prints can be scanned in, either at home or at school.
There is not doubt that this is a huge undertaking, with much preparation and summer work on your part. It is also, however, an ultimately fulfilling journey through your family that will leave you inspired, impressed and curious to learn more. I look forward to guiding you along whatever paths you encounter. Perhaps you “will take the road less traveled/ [For that will make] all the difference.”