The Irony of Family History as a Source of Identity

Die Ironie der Ahnenforschung als Identitätsquelle

with Emma Shaw

Family history research is experiencing an unprecedented surge of interest, facilitated by the vast array of archives now accessible on the Internet, including social media style family tree websites such as ancestry.com that allow family historians to share their research. Amateur genealogists frequently look to their recovered ancestors as a source of identity. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the popular genealogical television series Who Do You Think You Are?

 

 

A social history documentary

An eclectic fusion of biography, reality television, and documentary, Who Do You Think You Are? cleverly uses its genealogical frame to take celebrities on personal journeys to find their ancestors, assisted by archivists and historians who skilfully situate the recovered …


Categories: 3 (2015) 32
DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1515/phw-2015-4733

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