Author warns of pitfalls in writing narrative family history

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  • Meg
    Aug. 19, 2009 8:55 p.m.

    I agree will all except "Inappropriate historical association"... Can you explain more? It seems to me that I can easily state that my grandparents were married in New England on the same day Napoleon was crowned (crowned himself) Emperor of France without inferring they had any relation to the situation. I am merely rooting their place in time.

  • Shirley Pizziferri
    Aug. 12, 2009 2:14 p.m.

    This was very helpful, but I have to tell you that your grandmother was very unusual!

  • Cousin David in Holbrook
    July 30, 2009 3:48 p.m.

    Trying to do too much too fast with too little insight. Principles apply; conditions may not.

    So much rush to get something done before an imagined or unecessary deadline. A LOT of reason to get older [hard to define - :-)]family members to write their histories NOW while there is memory left of actual experiences instead of re-interpreting history (intentional or not).

  • Matt
    July 29, 2009 3:59 p.m.

    Historiography 101 for family history writers and genealogists. I suppose they would do well to give heed. I can't tell you how many family "histories" I've read that fall into all of these traps. Not sure how this became a news story though...