|Part of my first family tree -- created for a high school project -- as you can see, didn't know much to start!|
I found this recent article in the Downers Grove Patch though provoking.
The family tree project in grade school sounds benign enough. However, it makes many parents cringe.
Read the full article and don’t forget to check out the comments!
Personally, my high school project (typed on onion-skin typing paper!) was the basis for my interest in pursuing genealogy research after I left college. Knowing so little about all my “roots” propelled me to ask a lot of questions and learn a lot of “colorful” details! And, it humanized all my ancestors, especially those on my father’s side, who had mostly died in the 1940s and earlier!
Additionally, when my kids had a similar assignment, the best part of it was that they contacted their grandparents and asked a series of questions which we now have “saved” for the future! We are all a product of our family (and just not genetics) however it may be defined!
What do you think about family tree assignments? What have you found to be the good, the bad and the ugly?
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