General Listening Quiz

"Our Family Roots"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate family history one man 01:17

Pre-Listening Exercise

Doing your genealogy or family history is an exciting way of learning about your past. Now, watch a short documentary of Randall's family roots. What details would you expect to hear about the life of Randall's grandmother, Ana Maria Cavazos?

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

When was Ana Maria Cavazos born?

Ana Maria Cavazos was born on June ninth, 1908, in Reynosa, Mexico. She was the eleventh of twelve children.

Ana Maria was born in ____.

Ana Maria Cavazos was born on June ninth, 1908, in Reynosa, Mexico. She was the eleventh of twelve children.

How many brothers and sisters did she have?

Ana Maria Cavazos was born on June ninth, 1908, in Reynosa, Mexico. She was the eleventh of twelve children.

Ana's father was originally from ____.

Her father, Jesus Cavazos, was originally from Victoria, Texas, but his family moved to Mexico around 1855.

Ana's parents got married in ____.

Ana's mother, Juana Castro, was the oldest of six brothers and sisters. Juana and Jesus were married in 1880.

Ana's family migrated to the United States because of ____.

Ana's family moved to the United States during the Mexican Revolution in 1913.

How many children did Abel and Ana Contreras have?

Ana grew up in Texas and met her future husband, Abel Contreras, in 1929. Ana and Abel Contreras were married in 1931 and were the parents of eleven children.

Post-Listening Exercise

Collect information on one of your ancestors by interviewing relatives and prepare a short presentation. Details could include:

  1. where the person was born
  2. the names and occupations of his or her parents
  3. childhood and early family experiences
  4. the person's educational background
  5. his or her work history
  6. the person's hobbies and interests

Online Investigation

What do you know about your own family history? Use the Internet to see if you can find information ab0ut these topics:

  1. What is the origin of your family name?
  2. Where is the hometown of your grandparents and great-grandparents?
  3. What online resources are available to help you find the names of your ancestors?