Create a timeline of important events
in their lives.
Gather information that proves who they are.
Begin to write known family information
onto a family group record.
Gather information about their
to, or inherited from an ancestor (e.g., an ancestral
home or ancestral estate.)
Family Group Record: a
form used to write information about parents and children
of the same family.
Heritage: Something passed
on by an ancestor to an heir (e.g., property that descends
to an heir.)
Pioneer: one of the first
to settle in a territory.
Repository: a place, room
or container where something is stored.
EPISODE TWO: LOOKING AT
This episode explains the types of sources of
information that you can look for in your home. Part one
introduces Shannon Applegate. She was looking for missing
pieces to her life. In an old ancestral home she found a
pioneer heritage that gave her renewed strength and
understanding about herself. In part two, expert Antonia
Cottrell Martin explains what to look for at home and how
to organize what you find.
Before Viewing the Episode
- Duplicate the following:
- -- the student handout on the next page
-- the Timeline and Documented Proof
-- the Family Group Record
-- Family and Home Information Sources
- Read aloud the EPISODE OVERVIEW and OBJECTIVES.
- Write the VOCABULARY words (at left) on the
board, and discuss them with your students.
After Viewing the Episode
Create a timeline and gather information that can prove
who you are
Explain to the students that:
- One of the best ways to learn to find information
about their ancestors, and prove it, is to gather
information about themselves and prove it.
- In this activity each student will create a
timeline of important events in his or her life.
Then they will gather documents from home to
prove that three of those events occurred.
Distribute the student handout on the next page and
the handout titled Timeline and Documented Proof.
Begin filling out a family group record
- Distribute copies of the blank Family Group
- Have your students:
-- Use a pencil.
-- Write down as much information as they can
-- Follow the key points.
Gather information about your ancestors
- Explain to the students that:
-- Their ancestors throughout the world
experienced events in their life like--- being
born, getting married, attending school, living
in one place and then moving (migrating) to another
place (sometimes sailing on ships across the ocean).
They experienced events like paying taxes, registering
to vote, joining or being drafted in their
countrys armed forces, buying and selling
land and/or personal property, joining and
participating in the spiritual rites of various
religions, and many other events.
-- Remember this: A specific event had to have
happened in a persons life before a record
would have been created about that event. In
other words, events led to the creation of records.
- Encourage the students to look for anything that
shows family names, dates (birth, marriage, and
death), places, or relationships.
- Explain to the students that many items they
discover may be old and in very fragile
-- Caution the students to handle the items
carefully. Touch old photos on the edges only.
Gently handle old books, certificates, newspaper
clippings, and documents, etc.
-- If the owners of the items are concerned about
the students handling them, tell the students to
suggest to the owner to turn the pages or handle
the item while the student looks.
Distribute the student handout titled Family and Home
Information Sources on page 28.
On to the
Activity Page | Back to