The Stories We Will Tell : An Exploration of Family History through Autobiography and Record Analysis Public

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  • The research of genealogy and family history can represent a means of self-discovery, connection, and preservation of the past. The experience is individualistic, unique to the intricate intertwining of lives that helped create and influence who we are today. Through the analysis of historical biographies, family documents, and autobiographical vignettes, I explore the significance of general and personal family history portrayed in a narrative writing style. Studying texts that utilize styles and record analysis to tell untold stories of figures in history, including Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s Silencing the Past: Power and Production of History, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s A Midwife’s Tale, and Richard White’s Remembering Ahanagran, I am provided the tools necessary to tell my own silenced history. The following sections of the text will explore that history of each of my four major lineages, combining the tools learned from the researched texts with records compiled for genealogical purposes to construct a narrative for a living document. My own reflections and historical context are used to orient the narrative and give meaning to the chronological events of the past that aligned to tell my story. Key Words: family, history, biography, White, Trouillot, Ulrich
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