Our ancestors’ lives did not consist of just the facts we typically look for in historical records. Cultural customs and conventions, political and economic factors, and the different communities in which they lived, worked, and worshipped impacted their everyday lives as well as the major decisions in their lives. Social history helps us develop a more holistic approach to research.
You will walk away from this lecture with a different perspective for researching your ancestors.
This lecture comes in two versions: one for a general audience, and one with a Hispanic emphasis.
- Gain an understanding of the academic discipline of social history, and how it can benefit your family history research and writing.
- Learn about suggested types of record collections that can tell us about different focus areas of your ancestors’ social history.
- Become familiar with search strategies that are useful for conducting this new approach to research.
- Format: Instructional lecture.
- Length: 60 minutes, including Q&A.
- Audience: Genealogists and family historians.
- Experience: All levels.