Imagine reading an article about the sinking of the Titanic that only contained the date and time the ship sank, and the names of those who perished.
That wouldn’t give you much information and it would be pretty boring. But that’s exactly what most people do with their genealogy. Grandma Smith was born, married, and then she died.
What if Grandma Smith’s story included much more detail? What if you talked about the historical events she experienced in her life? What foods did she eat? What did she wear? What did her hometown look like? What if grandma’s life was more like a story and less like a chart that only appeals to other genealogists?
Does that sound impossible? It isn’t. Social history provides a way for you to add details to your ancestor’s life. It allows you to tell a story that even the non-genealogists in your family will be interested in.
In this workshop we will be discussing what social history is and then working through where and how to add social history details to your ancestor’s story. Come with a specific ancestor in mind and by the end you’ll be well on your way to learning more about their life . Workbooks provided during the session will help you with future projects as you incorporate social history in all of your research. By the end of the workshop you will know the websites and resources you need to make your research come to life.
Thursday, June 2, 2016 2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Th-F Enhancing Your Genealogy with Social History by Gena Philibert-Ortega
This is part of a series of special workshops which are open to registered attendees of Genetic Genealogy or to those registered to at least one day at Jamboree 2016. Additional registration is required.
Participants are encouraged to bring laptops to the workshop. Limited to 35 participants.
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