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Family History and Searching for Hidden Trauma—A Personal Commentary

Department of Psychology, Middlesex University, London NW4 4BT, UK
Genealogy 2021, 5(2), 46; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy5020046
Received: 3 March 2021 / Revised: 28 April 2021 / Accepted: 29 April 2021 / Published: 7 May 2021
Background: Searching family history is now popular through increased internet access coinciding with a need for understanding identity. Prior unresolved war trauma can help explain impacts on subsequent generations and the need to search for family narrative, particularly in refugee families. This paper explores the search for trauma narratives through personal family history research, with links to community groups. Method: The author’s own Polish family history research provides examples of trauma and loss from World War II in Poland. This is supplemented by quotes from an existing interview study of second-generation Poles to amplify themes and indicate their wider community relevance. View Full-Text
Keywords: family tree; war trauma; attachment; identity; immigration; forgetting; emotional geography family tree; war trauma; attachment; identity; immigration; forgetting; emotional geography
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Bifulco, A. Family History and Searching for Hidden Trauma—A Personal Commentary. Genealogy 2021, 5, 46. https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy5020046

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Bifulco A. Family History and Searching for Hidden Trauma—A Personal Commentary. Genealogy. 2021; 5(2):46. https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy5020046

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