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Context: The Role of Place and Heritage in Genealogy

Independent Researcher, Wahroonga, NSW 2076, Australia
Genealogy 2021, 5(2), 58;
Received: 13 April 2021 / Revised: 11 June 2021 / Accepted: 13 June 2021 / Published: 16 June 2021
Genealogical research often focuses to varying degrees on the family tree and the ancestors that inhabit it, often ignoring, or at least downplaying, broader issues. There is, however, much scope for broadening the research by adding leaves and flowers to the fruit (the people) on the tree. The broader context to a person’s ancestry is often intriguing and enlightening, providing background information that places the people in their environments, perhaps explaining their actions and lifestyles in the process. Two aspects of this context are dealt with here. The first aspect relates to the place in which each person lives, in other words, to their geographical environment, both natural and social or human made. Secondly, their personal heritage is considered: this includes the most important items in their lives, perhaps inconsequential to others but with long-term meaning for them and quite possibly for their descendants. Other broader aspects of heritage may well be relevant, too. View Full-Text
Keywords: family history; context; environments; homelands; heritage family history; context; environments; homelands; heritage
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Aplin, G. Context: The Role of Place and Heritage in Genealogy. Genealogy 2021, 5, 58.

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Aplin G. Context: The Role of Place and Heritage in Genealogy. Genealogy. 2021; 5(2):58.

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Aplin, Graeme. 2021. "Context: The Role of Place and Heritage in Genealogy" Genealogy 5, no. 2: 58.

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