The Complexities of Recounting a Life

I feel I should reblog this here.

Family History Biographies

Recounting lives is complicated as I was reminded today. It is also a huge responsibility.If I have learned anything from family history, it is that often things which may have horrified people at the time, may be viewed totally differently, in fifty or a hundred years time. Time often fills in the blanks, frequently a fuller picture of people and events takes time to emerge.

Sometimes we are too close to the subject. I love the programme Cold Case which seems toillustrate this perfectly. People’s perspectives often change with time and their own life experience.

My poor GGG Aunt who died giving birth to a child in prison may have been viewed as a felon at the time now however it is clear she is a victim. Somebody who lost their life through stealing a few pieces of coal and slices of bread. A historical perspective may also mean seeing…

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