Making History Personal
Using genealogy study to bring history to life for your students! If you want to instill a love of history into your children, genealogy is the way to do it. Rosanna Ward’s Making History Personal shows you how. Genealogy has a way of making history far more personal. By learning about your ancestors, it connects you emotionally to the history of your community, your nation, and the world.
Here’s a valuable guide for and teachers with step-by-step instructions on how to conduct simple and practical genealogy research for use in history studies for all ages. It includes timeline project guidelines, field and semester project ideas, and unit study planning guides.
Introduction by Author Rosanna Ward
Everyone who has ever lived is a part of history. Our ancestors may or may not have been involved in a large historical event, but history as a whole compromises all of their stories.
When I was researching my own family’s genealogy, I was excited to learn about an ancestor that came over as a young boy on the Mayflower. I was excited to find ancestors who were Revolutionary War soldiers. But I was just as excited about the family members who were pioneers and started land-grant farms in the Midwest. I love to imagine what their lives were like, what difficulties they faced, and what the women in particular had to endure as mothers out on the prairies. Discovering the story behind the vital statistics of genealogy really makes history come to life for me like nothing else.
Merging History & Genealogy in Teaching
Because I wanted to instill my love of history and genealogy into my children (whom I also homeschool), I found a way to combine the study of history and genealogy. This makes history more personal for them! What follows is my plan to teach children about their ancestors and their place in history, bringing life to the historical accounts they will study.
I hope that when you read the word genealogy you don’t get nervous about poring over eye-straining copies of old records or visiting cemeteries and gravestones. As much fun as I personally think all of that is, I designed this guide for those who just want to get started, learn how to go back a few generations with your research and incorporate family stories with your study of history. Most basic genealogy research can now be done online fairly easily and quickly. The key is to incorporate your family’s genealogy into the context of history. This step-by-step guide will show parents, homeschoolers, and classroom students how to do just that.
“History remembers only the celebrated. Genealogy remembers them all.” — Lawrence Overmire
About the Author
Rosanna is a devoted mother of four children, two of whom are homeschool graduates. She currently homeschools her 11 and 6 year old sons. Rosanna is a homeschool graduate and a graduate of Oral Roberts University. She grew up in Tulsa and has been homeschooling here for the past eleven years. Rosanna has loved family history for as long as she can remember and loves genealogy for the stories of her ancestors.