The Timeline Genealogy Project


“Family is the most important thing in the world.” - Diana, Princess of Wales.


Rationale: The purpose of this project is not only to continue our year-long quest to learn how to effectively find and use primary sources, but also to create discussions at home regarding family history in a way that is positive, uplifting and meaningful.


Note: This project is meant to embrace family, that most important of concepts that brings together love, compassion, kindness and care. On a personal note, I have been working on my own family history for some time. I have a non-traditional family that has included divorce, step-parents and an array of unique circumstances that makes a traditional “family tree” impractical for me to create. I have experienced, however, that by working on my genealogy, and by listening to the stories of the people who care about me, that I have become closer to them as a result. By hearing about those in both the distant and recent past, my family bonds have grown stronger and I have a better understanding of who I am and where I come from. To be very clear, this assignment is not asking for the family history of blood relatives alone. It is asking you to seek out the stories that have shaped the people who today shape you. If at any point the direction of this family history assignment causes any discomfort, please feel free to alter it in order to create the project that causes the deepest understanding and enjoyment for you.


Part A: Genealogy timeline. Create a simple timeline containing the basic information of SIXTEEN family members, including four birth levels including your own. In order to do this, you will need to interview family members in order to find their stories, where people wer born, and what they did.


For this project, I would like you to find and print out TWO primary resources. There are some great resources to help you


The BIG SEVEN ideas


  • I have a timeline containing the lifespans of sixteen family members who shaped my life, or the lives of those who impacted me - see attached file

  • Create a “family crest” that includes a family motto, a family symbol or emblem, and an additional feature that links the original country to Canada. Photos and other illustrations may be added

  • I have a one page “life story” depicting the major moments experienced by someone in my family

  • This life story contains a three paragraph write-up of the person I am studying

  • The life story contains a printed out map large enough to encompass the major places that your subject experienced life

  • I have a bibliography using two PRIMARY SOURCES on the person that I would like to learn more about (census data, passenger lists, military records, baptismal sheets, etc)

  • Editing has been completed