Activity ThreeTrace your Family's Migration

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Activity Goal Trace Your Family Journey

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From what you know about your family from written records, DNA ancestry and/or family stories, map your mother's and father's journeys to the United States and, if possible, their ancestors’ paths before them.

A young woman plots her ancestors journey on a map

  • Use a different color for each person’s journey. For example, use shades of blue for your father and his parents and shades of red for your mother and her parents.
  • Go as many generations back as you can based on the information you have collected.
  • If you make a mistake, no problem, print out another map and try again.
  • When you are done, add this page to your book of documentation about your family.


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