To historians, genealogists are obsessive collectors of meaningless minutiae, enthusiastic but woefully untrained, churning out dubious family trees studded with even more dubious famous names. To genealogists, historians are utterly out-of-touch academics, obliviously offering one jargon-dripping tome after another to an uncaring and uncomprehending world. But while historians and genealogists might scowl at one another across reading tables in archives, they have begun to reach some common ground on the Internet.
Unfortunately, this convergence seems more unconscious than planned; history and genealogy still seem unwilling to speak directly to one another or to acknowledge common goals and interests.
But, almost in spite of this mutual disregard—and in some cases outright disdain—the Web is beginning to open up new lines of communication. As the Internet continues to enable and encourage possibilities for professional-nonprofessional collaboration, the historian and genealogist may find that the gulf between them has been bridged—almost in spite of themselves.
The first surge of interest in genealogy can be traced to the s, when the U. Since then, interest in genealogy—or at least in genealogical publishing—has experienced occasional spikes: in the early twentieth century, in the s, and in the s, a thirty- to forty-year cycle that might be attributed to heritage as sustenance in times of change, generational curiosity, or periods of public concern about the function and future of the family as an institution.
It was also one of substance: history became a full-time occupation rather than an avocation, and with professionalization came the use of standardized techniques, emphasis on authoritative voice, and the production of work directed to colleagues rather than to the reading public. As historians defined their corporate identity, they also distanced themselves from nonhistorians.
Journalists, genealogists, and other nonhistorians might try to write history, but professional historians considered their attempts fatally flawed as these amateurs lacked the training, analytical skills, and grounding in theory to produce valuable work. For the first time in decades, historians became interested in mining the same sources that had long occupied genealogists: census data, shipping lists, and parish records provided valuable information for the study of social mobility, migration, mortality, marriage, occupational studies, and a variety of other topics of new interest to scholars interested in reconstructing the lives of ordinary people.
Genealogy, as Henry Adams said, has Austere - Convergence (CD) strong element of personal interest lacking in History. The shelves of genealogical and local historical societies are filled with histories of families whose prominence is generally confined to the locality, written by people still less well known. Most of these are not much more than padded genealogies and are not likely to be useful to the historian. Occasional papers urging cooperation by genealogists, historians and social scientists have gone for the most part unheeded.
Meanwhile, in the public arena, the immense popularity Austere - Convergence (CD) the book and television miniseries Roots in the early s led to a wave of interest in genealogy and family history. In fact, a American Quarterly review essay noted the post- Roots popularity of factual and fictional family sagas, genealogical how-to books, and ethnic community studies, and posited that the rising interest in family history, genealogy, and memoir represented a cultural shift from the ethos of the self-made man to the individual as product of family and ethnic group.
And it is surely a peculiar sense of historical relevance to think that everything about a book is worth studying—the technology of printing, the economics of publishing, the means of distribution, the composition of the reading public—everything, that is, except the ideas in the book itself.
Nonetheless, the turbulent years of the culture wars did produce a wider acceptance of nontraditional historical subject matter and source material. Moreover, the bare suggestion that previously underrepresented groups were worthy of historical study stimulated the interest and energies of nonprofessional researchers; so did methods closely associated with the new social history, like oral history and the study Austere - Convergence (CD) ephemera.
From the point of view of the genealogist, the tracing of lineage could be augmented by diaries, letters, photographs, memoirs, etc. On the other hand, two themes are present in much of the current writing on history as a profession and as a discipline: the fragmentation of the discipline, both in terms of self-contained areas of study e.
Historians, then, are struggling with the purpose of history, and the nature of history in the public sphere. The Austere - Convergence (CD), as a sort of public sphere in miniature, is one place where the latter question is being worked out, and the results are surprising.
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