Genealogy Research

Curriculum: Genealogy Research

The Curriculum has two priorities. The other priority: Untold Histories.


Lessons guide students through their own family history research projects. After doing some critical thinking about family and identity, students learn to interview family members, build a family tree, and conduct archival research.

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Genealogy lessons include:

  • What is genealogy?
  • Identity and family traditions
  • The meaning and purpose of family
  • The family interview
  • Online archives

Volunteers (in-person and/or online) help students pursue their research. Because sometimes even the most experienced researchers need support navigating the archives.

Oral history interview lesson

 Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. – Zora Neale Hurston