Answer the following questions about your family’s background or a family of your choice (all that you know or can find out).


•        When did your/their family(ies) come to the U.S.?





•     Where did your/their family(ies) come from?





•     Do you trace your/their family heritage to more than one country outside the U.S.? Which countries?





•     What language(s) did your/their relatives speak?




•     Do you or any of your/their relatives speak a non-English language? Which language(s)?





•     Were you or any of your or the family being researched have family that was adopted? How has this impacted your/their ability to know your/their family’s history?





•     To which race(s) or ethnic group(s) do your/their ancestors belong?





•     How do you define your/their racial/ethnic identity?





•     Are you/they a first-generation American?






If you/they have any Native American heritage please answer the three questions below:


•     Do you/they have some Native American heritage (or Amerindian heritage from other countries in the Americas)?  From which tribe(s) is this heritage?  Be as specific as possible.





•     Are you/they a formal member of the tribe(s)?





•     Do you consider your/their identity Native American? If so, to which tribe(s) do you belong?






Combine these answers into a statement (350 to 700 words) defining your/their complex identity.

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