Presented by Katherine Sturdevant
Family history, by definition, should be narrative genealogy in historical context. Social history opens a world of larger group patterns in which ancestors operated. To illustrate how social history research makes this possible, this session outlines typical patterns of American immigrant ancestors’ lives. Included are the main push-and-pull motivations behind immigration; historical group arrivals with their places and periods; how and why immigrants chose home sites; their means of getting there; their trades and social customs; and how they interacted with natives and other immigrants. With knowledge of these patterns, researchers realize the true group patterns of ancestors, new sources to utilize, and how to place families in the context of their times and lifeways.
Katherine Scott Sturdevant, senior professor of history at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, has won local, state, and national awards for teaching excellence and has spoken for CRGS multiple times. She published two family history books (Bringing Your Family History to Life through Social History and Organizing and Preserving Your Heirloom Documents) and many articles. She presented for the major national genealogical and historical organizations and has taught courses and workshops about various levels and aspects of family history for over 30 years. As an adoptee, she continuously documents her four parental lines and used DNA to determine her birth father. Kathy brings practical advice and source recommendations; entertaining and useful illustrations; and a sense of humor to her presentations.
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Registration closes Friday October 16 at 5:00 PM