Genealogy and family history

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This chapter reveals how family history has become one of the most widely practiced forms of public history over the last thirty years. Genealogy links the past to the present in powerful ways as producers of the phenomenally popular global television series Who Do You Think You Are? have revealed. While some academic historians working in public history are fascinated with the recent growth of genealogy across the world many also deride the practice. This chapter unpicks the politics behind family history and discusses its many meanings for practitioners and historians around the world. It also reveals the growing global concern with the marketization of family history.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA companion to public history
EditorsDavid Dean
Place of PublicationHoboken, NJ
PublisherWiley-Blackwell, Wiley
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781118508916, 9781118508923
ISBN (Print)9781118508947
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameBlackwell Companions to World History
PublisherWiley Blackwell


  • Public history
  • family history
  • genealogy


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