Kinship Assignment for Anthropology 100

This assignment is worth 20 points.

Overview:  You will construct a kindred for yourself or for another real, living person whom you must interview for this data.  The kindred will follow all stipulations listed below and be submitted on time.  Failure to follow directions or late submission will result in a substantial penalty in the number of points awarded for this assignment.


  1. The project must be submitted on a single sheet of standard, unlined paper (8.5" x 11") unless prior arrangements are made with the professor.  If your kindred is too large to easily fit on a single page, you may divide the kindred into the appropriate matrilineage and patrilineage, listing one on one side of the page and the other on the opposite side of the page.
  2. All work, whether computer generated or produced by hand, must be neat, legible, and follow the criteria set forth for this assignment.
  3. All symbols used in preparation of this assignment will match those used in class and on the world wide web tutorial pages assigned as part of the course.
  4. The kindred must include ego's generation, ego's children's generation (even if ego has no children s/he may have nieces or nephews), ego's parents' generation, ego's parents' parents' generation, and all relatives known in those generations.  This means that you must account for ego's grandparents and their siblings, as well as the descendants of those siblings on down through the generation of ego's children, nieces, and nephews. 
  5. Each figure must be listed by the kinship term ego applies to that person and by first (or preferred nickname) name only.  In other words, in my case, I would need to draw in a circle for my sister and, under that circle list "Sister" or "Z" (the shorthand for sister) and immediately below that "Peggy" - her name.
  6. At the TOP of the page you need to list the total number of people on the kindred, the preferred manner of tracing descent (i.e. patrilineal, matrilineal, bilateral), and the kinship naming system that most closely describes the naming system you have presented in the kindred.
  7. IF YOU USE ANYONE ELSE'S kinship information, you must attach a signed letter of consent (it is called informed consent in anthropology) acknowledging that the person is aware this is for a class assignment, that the information provided might be discussed in class, and that you have permission to use the information for these purposes.  The letter must also contain the address and telephone number of the person granting permission so that the informed consent can be verified.  Failure to adhere to these terms will result in the work be returned to the submitting student  unread and with a score of zero points.  These conditions (under this entry) exist as part of the standard code of ethics in human subject research and are non-negotiable.

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