Lecture Description

Family history provides students with an opportunity to investigate the historical record along the narrative line of a “first person” approach (or, by researching their own family history) or a “third person” approach (or, by researching other family histories). By providing this personal narrative structure, students are able to explore the historical agency of the everyday person – and to re-animate their lives in historical context through a rich variety of records. Implicit in this approach is a set of the hands-on strategies and tools that help students interrogate primary sources – from photographs to census records, draft cards to land deeds.

Participants will receive specific classroom-ready examples of how to integrate family history as a teaching and research tool in the digital age, including issues of the marginalized voices of the historical record.


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