Focus on Family Historians

How Ancestor Research Affects Self-Understanding and Well-Being

Edited by
May 2022
156 pages
  • ISBN978-3-0365-4149-5 (Hardback)
  • ISBN978-3-0365-4150-1 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Focus on Family Historians: How Ancestor Research Affects Self-Understanding and Well-Being that was published in

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Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

The articles in this Special Issue of Genealogy titled “Focus of Family Historians: How Ancestor Research Affects Self-Understanding and Well-Being” cover topics including the psychosocial motivations that impel family history research, its therapeutic and healing aspects, and the emotional outcomes of dealing with unexpected findings. Broader issues, such as the ubiquity of ancestral acknowledgement and veneration throughout history and its links with religion are also explored. Papers include scholarly interpretations of case-based material, empirical research, and interpretive literature reviews emanating from a wide range of social science disciplines.

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family history; psychology; ancestry; identity construction; family tree; war trauma; attachment; identity; immigration; forgetting; emotional geography; family history; context; environments; homelands; heritage; genealogical motivation; family history and identity; family history and altruism; family history and curiosity; secular rituals; post-religious; sacred stories; pilgrimage; family ritual; ceremony; historical consciousness; family history research; family historians; temporal orientation; case study; adoption; late-discovery; family secrets; shock and losses; historical trauma; traumatic reenactment; psychoanalysis; psychology; infant attachment; stress biology; Adverse Childhood Experiences; genealogy; family history; attachment; depression; trauma; prolonged grief disorder; adverse childhood experiences; alcoholic; alcohol use disorder; bereavement; biological identity; family identity; DNA testing; thematic analysis; biogeographic ancestry; n/a; archaeology; bereavement studies; continuing bonds; problematic stuff; ancestors; personhood