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ERIC Number: ED163469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Trees and Roots.
Jones, Lethonee A.
Constructing a family history can be significant in helping persons understand and appreciate the root system that supports and sustains them. Oral history can be a valuable resource in family research as Alex Haley demonstrated in writing "Roots." The major difficulty of using oral tradition in tracing a family history is that family members with crucial information may have died. Also, senility may be a difficulty, although older persons who have a bare grasp of reality may still remember events from their youth quite well. Using verse forms to write a family history may allow the preservation of words and language that are themselves part of the history and may keep the history from being a sterile recording of events. A chart indicating males and females, marriages and children, and deaths and divorces is also a valuable tool in developing a family history. Creating a family study is beneficial in family therapy since people are shaped by the way families develop and function. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Genealogy
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Popular Cultural Association (6th, East Lansing, Michigan, November 2-4, 1978)