3 Roots of our Curriculum



Introduce your students to untold histories and family history research. We provide a syllabus of comprehensive lessons for primary and secondary school teachers. Activities target academic skills, including reading comprehension, writing, research and analysis.

All  lessons are available online. Training included!

Local Engagement

Incorporate field trips and guest lectures to enhance your students’ learning. Whether they visit a local archive, tour a historical site or have a conversation with an oral historian, we support our students’ engagement with their local communities.

Online Community

We’re an international community of students, educators, researchers, and volunteers. All of us are onboard to support your students’ learning and help them reach their research goals.

Custom Syllabus

Your Ancestors unKnown syllabus comes in two parts: genealogy research + untold histories

With nearly 100 lessons available, we’ll customize your syllabus based on your students’ needs and interests. Using the online curriculum, teach your students at your own pace.

Lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies.

Ancestor’s tip: We recommend teaching a weekly Ancestors unKnown lesson for at least 4 months

These 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. Genealogy lessons include:
  • What is genealogy?
  • Identity and family traditions
  • The (oral history) family interview
  • Primary vs. secondary sources
  • Online archives
The syllabus targets the topics that are ignored in most traditional history textbooks. The lessons are about the people and events of history that often relate to our students and their ancestors. Some of the themes you'll cover during the untold history lessons:
  • Making Empires. Erasing Legacies.
  • Fighting for Freedom and Independence
  • Movement and Migrations
  • Multicultural Legacies

Local Engagement

A wealth of knowledge surrounds us in our everyday lives, among our neighbors and in our communities. So we take every possible opportunity to enrich student learning and engagement by bringing experts into the classrooms and getting students out of them.

We work with local partners to help you coordinate field trips and guest lectures.

See some examples of our participants’ local engagement below.

We’ll connect you with

local experts









Storytellers and performers

Visit the sites of your

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Burial Grounds

Online Community

We want our students to experience the rewards of a challenging research process. But we don’t want them to go at it alone.

Our young researchers are supported by an online community of staff and research volunteers. And across all partner locations, participants are encouraged to use the online community to share reflections on curriculum topics and exchange research resources.

Want to join our community of educators, volunteers, and student researchers? Get involved!

Prefer a Workshop?

Click for more information about our in-person and online workshops

  • Syllabus
  • Workshop
  • Local engagement
  • Online community
  • Additional resources
  • Training
  • Participants
  • Time allotted
  • Discounts
  • Participant rating
    $450 Monthly*
    • Complete Syllabus (online)
    • Guest lecture/field trip**
    • Online Community for participants
    • Research Resources & Support
    • Teacher Training (video modules)
    • Up to 100 students, 2 teachers
    • 4+ months (wkly lesson, avg)
    • Multiple schools? Ask us for a discount!

* Minimum: 4 months (total: $1,800)

**Additional fees for guest lecturers and field trips may apply

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