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HON 203: Battle for Public Memory: Genealogy Research Assignment

Goals for Today

Before class:

  • Discuss your family history with a relative, try to complete the family tree outline to the best of your ability. 
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Goals for today's class:

  • Introduction to genealogy resources 
  • Take good notes!
  • Use web and library resources to begin to place what you've learned into historical context

After today:

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  • Continue to grow your understanding of the historical time/place/event with academic resources
  • Write your paper!
  • Be awesome!

Your Assignment




Interview one family member who is over 50 years old to discover one thing about your family’s history that you did not know. Take good notes.... 


Choose one aspect of your family story you wish you investigate further and do additional research to contextualize it historically: describe some of the major and relevant political, cultural, social, economic, etc.issues of the time.


Look for primary documents that help you tell your family story.


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