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Family Ties: Everyone's History Matters

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Through primary resources and downloadable activities, learn how to explore and document your family history. Meant for use in the classroom or by individual students and families, these activities can be done separately or as part of a larger project to create a family album.

All About Me

Where do I come from? This is the question behind much family history. From records of basic biographical information to collections of personal items and documents, learn how people can and have told the stories of themselves and their ancestors.

Family Stories

Every family has its favorite stories. Read some of our favorites, captured in documents and interviews, and learn how to interview your own family members. 

House and Home

Historic New England’s thirty-six historic properties range from grand, fashionable mansions to modest farmhouses. Each house tells stories about the people who have lived there. Primary resources in this section include photos, maps, and floor plans of some of our houses.  Activities give students the opportunity to learn more about and document their own homes.

Faces

Old portraits have a special power. Candid photographs capture a moment in time. Posed photographs and paintings tell us something about how the subjects saw themselves and wanted to be seen by others. Learn how to analyze an old portrait and how to create your own family and self-portraits.

Family Treasures

Historic New England’s collections contain countless family treasures. Whether a rare piece of eighteenth-century furniture or a well-worn teddy bear, these objects were saved by generations of people because of the special meaning that they held. Discover the stories behind some of our family treasures and learn ways to record your own.

Family Ties: Everyone's History Matters