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Create Your Family Tree 

Goals:

  • Students will map out their family trees and get a better understanding of what generations came before them.
  • Students will create online family trees they can share with other family members
  • Lay the foundation for the following lessons, which are partially focused on the family members going on the family tree

If you have not done so yet, we recommend sending this letter home to parents when the family tree and world map assignments are given, to remind parents of their role in these assignments and also to further explain the assignments themselves.

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Family trees are a way of mapping out different people in different generations, and understanding how people are related. Some families display large family trees, including up to 10 generations, in a common space in their home for all to see. Others who do not yet know all of the branches on their family tree, or have distant family that is not in contact with each other, work to map out the past and current generations to bring their family closer. 

Family Tree:

Hand out blank family trees. Students should complete both the paper family tree and My Heritage online tree with family assistance. The software tree will be theirs to enjoy and share with their families. The handout trees should be filled in and brought into class. The trees we offer here are our suggestions, however if students wish to create their own we encourage that. These trees are for their personal records and for class use, and are not used in the international judging process. 

Instructions: Sit down with your parents and/or grandparents to map out your family tree. Please include both sides of the family, and 4 generations if possible (students, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents).

MyHeritage Online Family Tree:

Hand-out instruction sheet (link to separate MyHeritage instruction sheet) for using the My Heritage software. Students should complete both the paper family tree and My Heritage online tree with family assistance. The software tree will be theirs to enjoy, share with their families and add to in the future. The hand out trees should be filled in and brought into class.

MyHeritage Instructions to Send Home