Genealogy and Family History through Multiple Academic Lenses: An Introduction to the Special Issue.

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This special issue is truly special, as it indicates yet another step forward for genealogy to become a legitimate academic discipline. While millions of people around the world are involved (to some degree) in deepening their knowledge about their family history and constructing family trees, there is only little research about this issues within the academic milieu. Mostly, we find individual scholars who combine their passion to genealogy with their academic credentials and conduct academic studies relevant both to genealogy and to their fields of research. This is the case with the undersigned and with some of the articles in this special issue. As far as I know, there are no research-based departments of genealogy--or of family history, for that matter--in any academic institute. (There are many such departments in academic institutes' libraries, but usually academic research is not within their scope.) As a result, the existing genealogy-related research is scattered across disciplines and communities--therefore, the importance of this special issue, as it demonstrates the rigorous, multi-faceted research in this field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-10
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Multidisciplinary Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2016


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  • COURSE organization (Education)


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