Geography and Genealogy: Locating Personal Pasts

Geography and Genealogy: Locating Personal Pasts


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Genealogy has become a widely popular pursuit, as millions of people now research their family history, trace their forebears, attend family reunions and travel to ancestral home sites. Geographers have much to contribute to the serious study of the family history phenomenon. Land records, maps and even GIS are increasingly used by genealogical investigators. As a cultural practice, it encompasses peoples' emotional attachments to ancestral places and is widely manifest on the ground as personal heritage travel. Family history research also has significant potential to challenge accepted geographical views of migration, ethnicity, socio-economic class and place-based identities. This volume is possibly the first ever book to address the geographical and scholarly aspects of this increasingly popular social phenomenon. It highlights tools and information sources used by geographers and their application to family history research. Furthermore, it examines family history as a socio-cultural practice, including the activities of tourism, archival research and DNA testing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754670124
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/25/2008
Series: Heritage, Culture and Identity
Edition description: 1
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dallen J. Timothy is Professor and Program Director, Tourism Development and Management, School of Community Resources and Development, Arizona State University, USA. Jeanne Kay Guelke is Professor Emerita in the Department of Geography, University of Waterloo, Canada.

Table of Contents

Contents: Locating personal pasts: an introduction, Jeanne Kay Guelke and Dallen J. Timothy; Part I Tools, Sources, and Implications for Geography and Family History: The unfolding tale of using maps in genealogical research, Melinda Kashuba; Genealogy, historical geography, and GIS: parcel mapping, information synergies, and collaborative opportunities, Mary B. Ruvane and G. Rebecca Dobbs; A genealogy of environmental impact assessment, William Hunter; Knitting the Transatlantic bond: one woman's letters to America, 1860-1910, Penny L. Richards; Remaking time and space: the internet, digital archives and genealogy, Kevin Meethan. Part II Genealogy as a Cultural Practice: Genealogical mobility: tourism and the search for a personal past, Dallen J. Timothy; Genealogy as religious ritual: the doctrine and practice of family history in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Samuel M. Otterstrom; Genetics, genealogy and geography, David C. Mountain and Jeanne Kay Guelke; Conclusion: personal perspectives, Dallen J. Timothy and Jeanne Kay Guelke; Index.

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