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Individual Genealogy Paper Guidelines

Individual Genealogy Paper Guidelines 

Style & Format

  1. All work MUST be TYPED, include cover page with name, assignment title, and date/semester, and page numbers for the entire document.
  2. Format must follow citation style guidelines. So citations are expected throughout your paper with a reference or works cited list at the end. Keep in mind this includes ALL sources so be prepared to include electronic sources and websites in your list ( the citation page is not included in your page count)


You may use either MLA or APA style for your citations and your bibliography/references.  Choose one style and use it throughout your paper.




  1. The report should be eight to 10 pages. If you must include additional information, charts, or diagrams place that information in an appendix at the end of the document for optional reading. Your cover page and references will NOT count as one of the eight to ten pages.




  1. The paper/  project, generated from student interest, will vary in content depending on the unique

family history of each student.  Thus, liberal latitude will be given in terms of how much material is covered from information outlined in the handouts (e.g., Family History  Recovery, Socio-Economic & Political Context, Family Events Context, Guidelines for Interviewing).


At minimum however, your family genealogy must be placed within the context of social, cultural, political history, as well as, attention given to the applicable theoretical concepts discussed in class.  Thoughtfully, think about how external factors influenced internal family structure (e.g., review articles by Nakayama, Tanno, Gangetena, etc.). Beyond the minimum, cover as many of the topics in the “Guidelines for interviewing,” as possible.


  1. See “Family Development Theory” chapter reading in theory textbook, use Questions 2 & 4 to keep in mind  as additional referent points as you write your individual projects.


  1. Include photos of artifacts, newspaper articles, etc.  as possible to enrich your report


  1. In the paper summary describe what you learned about your genealogy that you did not know previously.


  1. Good Luck! And have fun with it!
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