Discover techniques for helping your students connect to history through their own personal family stories with these resources from the PBS program Genealogy Roadshow.
Resources include an introduction to genealogical research from two prominient genealogists, clips from the show demonstrating how personal stories connect to larger events in history, and brief historical introductions to key people, places, and events in U.S. and world history.
This clip from Genealogy Roadshow introduces genealogist Kenyatta Berry, the president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and provides an overview of genealogical research focusing on slave genealogy. Berry describes the benefits of tracing African American ancestry prior to the 1870 census (the first year in which African Americans were enumerated) as well as her interest in genealogy as a way of giving people an emotional connection to the past.
This clip from Genealogy Roadshow introduces genealogist Joshua Taylor, the president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and provides an overview of genealogy- "a path to the past that can't be replicated." Taylor describes how he became interested in genealogy, the benefits of engaging in family history, and the joys of unlocking family mysteries.