Students can learn about the history of surnames and understand their own uniqueness. Alex Haley wrote a story about his ancestors, find out the facts and write a story about your ancestors. There are different templates for students to create their own family tree. Listen to audio recordings of real immigrants from Ellis Island.
Semi-Circular Family Tree Craft
Create this unusual family tree with paper, pencil, and crayons. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Ellis Island Passenger Arrivals
This site has a wealth of information about immigrants arriving in the U.S. The free registration allows visitors to access passenger records.
The Tigger Movie: Family Tree
Here are three different family tree templates that students can print out. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Ellis Island: Through America's Gateway
Read immigrants stories and view photographs of the immigrants who arrived on Ellis Island. NOTE: The audio file links are broken.
Scholastic: Family Heritage
Use these articles, resources, and lesson plans for classroom activities and learning about family trees and genealogy. NOTE: This site includes sponsored ads.
Read this biography of Alex Haley, author of "Roots." This fictional book traced Haley's ancestors back to Africa.
The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation
Kunta Kinte is the distant ancestor of Alex Haley, author of "Roots." This site is dedicated to Kunta Kinte, African and then slave. Here are some fact sheets for teachers in PDF format.
This free online tutorial includes basic lessons for beginning genealogists.
PBS: History Detectives: Genealogy
Scroll to the bottom of the page where students can explore these topics: "Where to Start," "Oral History," Census Records," "Glossary," and many more.
Behind the Name
This site has the etymology and history of surnames. NOTE: The site includes ads. NOTE: The site has a link to a message board.
Scholastic: Family Genealogy Project
Here is a rainy or winter day activity that parents can do with their children. Scroll down to the bottom for family tree diagrams that can be printed out. NOTE: This site includes banner ads.
Scholastic: The Courage to Learn
Here is a sample letter that could be sent home to parents. The activities are appropriate for third graders. NOTE: This site includes banner ads.