Research & Education : William F. Sheedy Contest : Information for Kids
EVERYONE COMES FROM SOMEWHERE
Did you ever wonder about your own family? Have you heard stories about your family from your parents or grandparents? The people in your family who came before you are called your ANCESTORS. When you hear stories about your ancestors you are learning about your own family history.
TELL US ABOUT ONE OF YOUR ANCESTORS
Start by asking your parents or other family members about your family’s history. After you hear some stories, pick ONE person you would like to learn more about. You may choose someone who is alive now, or someone who lived a long time ago.
YOU’LL PROBABLY WANT TO FIND OUT:
- Where and when your ancestor was born and lived
- What sort of work your ancestor did, and where he or she went to school
- What daily life was like for your ancestor
YOU MAY WANT TO TELL ABOUT SOMETHING THAT REALLY HAPPENED TO YOUR ANCESTOR
such as arriving in America for the first time, fighting in a war, getting through the Depression or surviving a hurricane or flood. There are interesting stories in every family.
BE CREATIVE WHEN YOU TELL YOUR ANCESTOR’S STORY
For instance, you can write a story, draw pictures, include other artwork or use real photographs. You decide the best way to introduce your ancestor.