Real Advanced Family History

Moving from genealogy and family history to the history of the family is the focus of an interesting course offered by the Open University in Britain and available on-line. Its called Writing Family History but do not be deceived by the title, the course involves some meaty work.

Several years ago the Open University published some interesting books I think genealogy educators ought to study.

  • Ruth Finnigan and Michael Drake, From Family Tree to Family History (Cambridge University Press, 1994)
  • W.T.R Pryce, From Family History to Community History,(Cambridge University Press, 1994)
  • John Golby, Communities and Families (Cambridge University Press, 1994)
  • Michael Drake and Ruth Finnegan, Sources and Methods: A Handbook, (Cambridge University Press, 1994)

From these books came the inspiration for a number of my own lectures:

  • Family Reconstitution: A Problem Solving Procedure for Genealogists
  • Living with Granny:Family and Household Composition for Genealogists
  • Using the Census to Study Life Cycles in Your Ancestral Family
  • Wedding Days, Pregnant Brides and Marriage Horizons”

As usual your comments are always welcome


One response to “Real Advanced Family History

  1. I give a couple of talks on writing family histories. Now, not to give away the ending or anything, but these talks usually end up with me urging people to do more research. Details! Context! And all that stuff. When a person starts to put things on paper, it’s funny how gaps become much more obvious. It’s a good thing to do — in the same way that it is always good to do census extracts using forms. A reminder, an inspiration, or whatever.


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