Family History Research

Book Review – Bringing Your Family History to Life Through Social History

on June 30, 2010

I came across a great book through Interlibrary Loan last year called Bringing Your Family History to Life Through Social History by Katherine Sturdevant.  This book gave me some wonderful resources and ideas on how to add life to my genealogical writings. If you look up her book on you can see some of the pages in the book.

The chapters include: Social History: Your Ancestor’s World; A Historian’s Approach to Home Sources:Artifacts; Artifacts II: Culture, Citing, and Caring; A Historian’s Approach to Family Photographs; Relative Talk Oral History and Oral Tradition; Recapturing a Dying Art Correspondence; Here Come the Genies: Braving the College Library; My Conclusion is your Beginning: Writing Family History.  This book is no longer being printed and from what I could find online, you can purchase it used for upwards of $70.

Sturdevant has several great lists in her book like The Elements of Social History which is broken out by category then ideas within the category on which to write. She has a listing of Social History Subfields and Sister Subjects to give you more background information and ideas. The back of her book has many forms you can copy and use in your research and writing.

This book is just amazing and I plan to borrow it from Interlibrary Loan again soon. Take some time to check it out online and then get a copy yourself. You will not regret it.

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