KINSHIP DIAGRAM ASSIGNMENT
Due: June 10
Draw part of your own kindred from either your mother's or your father's ancestral line. At least three generations must be included on the diagram and there should be at least 10 individuals to make it worthwhile. You should include affines and consanguines, cousins, siblings.
Each individual should be listed by first and last name. Birth, death, marriage, and divorce dates must be included. Also include place of birth.
The kinship diagram needs to be clean and neat. Members of the same generation must be on the same longitude (cousins, siblings etc, should not be stacked unevenly on the page). If anything is unusual, such twins or adoptions, mention it in accompanying notes.
Treat yourself as Ego. Use the symbols from the hard copy given in class.
Additional symbols to indicate death, divorce, an extramarital union or remarriage. Dead people can be represented with a line through the person and divorced persons can be represented by a line through an equal sign. Here we see a living married couple: D = O. Here we see a living husband who is divorced from his former wife who is now dead: D ¹ Æ. Here we see a union between a man and a woman who are not legally married: O ~ D. Here we see a living husband who has remarried after his divorce: O = D ¹ O. If you come up with other variations that are not represented in the text, handout given in class, or websites then feel free to innovate and create a symbol to represent the particular situation. The important thing is to make sure that you clearly indicate what each character represents in the key to your diagram.
Your assignment also includes the following questions:
1. Why did you choose your mother's or your father's side of the family for this exercise?
2. Identify your cross and parallel cousins found on the diagram.
3. Explain your family's formal and/or informal rules of endogamy and exogamy as illustrated on the diagram.
4. Where would you live today if your family came from a culture with strict patrilocal or matrilocal residence rules?
5. If your family were Trobriand Islanders, whom would you live with and why?
6.How did you gather the necessary information on your family? Were there any surprises?
Grading decisions are made on the basis of accuracy and presentation. Can an outsider (me) read this diagram and understand the important facts of your family? Is everything and everyone accounted for? How well presented is the diagram? Was there obvious care taken in the layout and design? Are the questions answered fully? Correctly?
Two Websites that could be helpful: