NEW: Discussion Guides for the Classroom

This selection of resources from Facing History and Ourselves is designed to complete the extensive materials available for educators on Ancestry®, with a focus on four thematic areas:

Race, Slavery, and Reconstruction


World War II and the Holocaust

The Power of Identity

These lessons, educational videos, and other classroom resources offer important historical context for students who are using archival material from Ancestry. Intended for students ready for deeper discussions of complex issues, Facing History's resources emphasize that history is a human story. Together, the Facing History materials and the Ancestry archival collection invite students to bring both their minds and hearts to the study of history, and to make connections between the past and present.

Each thematic area also includes a selection of professional learning opportunities for educators, from recorded webinars to classroom videos featuring master teachers. These resources help educators to build background knowledge, gain new strategies and craft more effective engaging instruction.

Note: All resources from Facing History and Ourselves are available free of charge on All recommended films and videos from Facing History and Ourselves stream via; some require educators to set up a free login to view.