My Place in History is a free web-based program produced by Ancestry.com. It is designed to teach students about the concepts of change and diversity – of backgrounds, in family structures, and the many economic, political and social circumstances in both our distant and more recent history that have contributed to who we are today and how we all came to be living in Australia.
Students will explore their own personal family history, creating family trees online, whilst learning about the key drivers of change within society during the lives of their ancestors – wherever they came from – and how these changes impacted their own identity, as well as that of their family and society more generally. It’s fun and interesting and it’s completely free!
At Ancestry.com.au, we believe that family history provides an interesting and effective way for children to understand the various ways in which the world has changed in a short period of time and where and how they fit into that world and their own family structure.
The program teaches children that everyone’s background is vastly different, that they each come from a unique set of circumstances and that difference and uniqueness is to be treasured.
Designed for teachers by teachers, My Place in History is tailored to each state’s individual curriculum. A collection of specially designed online resources and activities have been developed to make learning about history, and their family’s role within this, both educational and engaging.
We know from our many members that looking at family history provides a greater understanding and appreciation of where we all fit into the world and are confident that you and your family will benefit from your child beginning the journey to knowing more about their own family and its history.