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