discussion 6 family tree purposes to discover how your culture affects how you define your family to understand how family background affects how you communicate instructions a family tree is a genealogical chart showing the ancestry and relationship of

Discussion #6: Family Tree

Purposes

  1. To discover how your culture affects how you define your family
  2. To understand how family background affects how you communicate

Instructions

A family tree is a genealogical chart showing the ancestry and relationship of all members of a family. Make a family tree that shows three or more generations of your family. Use any information that is available to you, such as family records and conversations with older members of your family. Include when and where your family members were born (dates and places of birth). Also include the dates when any in your family migrated from one country to another. I know for some of us it may be difficult to find this information. However, do your best to find as much information as possible. If you are adopted or have trouble contacting your biological parents, you may use whomever you consider your “parents” – this may include parents of your friends. You may be surprised how much older generations enjoy talking about this type of stuff!

Use the information from your family tree to answer the questions in the “Conclusions” section. You will turn these answers into a 2-page, double-spaced paper (response).

Conclusions (Answer as many as you can. It is possible some of these questions may not apply).

  1. How did you decide who to include in your family tree? Think about how you defined the concept “family.” Consider the use of the family name (e.g., father’s last name, both mother’s and father’s last name).
  2. How do you think other cultures define family? Think of ways to define family that are different from the way that you defined it.
  3. How did influences outside of your family affect your family tree (e.g., cultural expectations about size of families, government policies, war, religion)?
  4. What were the reasons for any migration? What are possible influences that led to the decision to stay in a country of origin?
  5. In what ways has your family background affected how you communicate?