Keywords: Family stories, family history, family tree, shared memories, immigration, migration, intergenerational communication, traditions, values, culture, heritage, respect for elders, race, family origin, shared history, multicultural families
When we listen to a story told by an older person we
- honor that person's experience, knowledge, and wisdom
- let them give their favorite memories to us and we
- connect with history
That when we share stories with an older person, it
- helps increase understanding between the two age groups
- allows us both to benefit from each other's perceptions and skills
- helps remove myths and stereotypes about age, race, culture, or disability
My Family Stories Get Started Suggestions and hints to help you collect your family stories
Download My Family Stories - a workbook Workbook for children 8-12 from the Teach India Project to fill in, color, write in and get to know their family's own unique story.
Tools and Guides Links to useful guidelines about doing interviews, being ethical and sensitive and thinking about questions to ask.
Make A Family Tree Links to two tools for creating charts of family trees. For ages 8-12 and for older age groups.
Updated September 2011