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ERIC Number: ED223479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Things Are Happening: A Survey Report of North American Family History Activity. Series 340.
Bennion, Roy B.; Nichols, Elizabeth L.
To find out about grass roots activities and projects in family history, a survey form was distributed through periodicals and newsletters of genealogical and historical organizations and through general periodicals; telephone calls were made to all state boards of education; and data were gathered from projects already in the researchers' computer data base. In all, 131 responses from 37 states, the District of Columbia, and 3 Canadian provinces were received. Results describe types of activities and projects (50% are courses in family history), funding and sponsorship (varies greatly), content, and area of emphasis (pedigree chart, followed by family groups records and family tradition); test and resource materials (most instructors prepare their own text); participants (from one person to over 7000 in one project); instructors (from no degree to Ph.D.); and greatest problems (time, logistics, resources) and rewards (personal growth, family communication, teacher satisfaction, research benefits). Twelve activities were selected and are discussed in detail. These include a Foxfire project; a high school project, "Preserving Ethnic Traditions"; a junior high school "Family History Night"; a history fair; a public library sponsored "kin and community classes"; a summer workshop for adults; and a community oral history program. (RM)
The Genealogical Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), 50 E. North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84150 ($1.00 per single copy).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT.
Identifiers: Family History; Genealogy
Note: Paper presented at the World Conference on Records, "Preserving Our Heritage" (Salt Lake City, UT, August 12-15, 1980).