ERIC Number: ED223479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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)
Descriptors: Activities, Adult Education, Community Programs, Cultural Background, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Origins, Family Characteristics, Higher Education, Local History, North American History, Oral History, Program Descriptions, Public Libraries, Social Science Research, Surveys
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
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).