Frederikke Mundus, Rasmus Horne Møller Nielsen & Ingeborg Zacho Rath

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project examines the characteristics of danish family history research as a popular everyday use of history, and tries to describe which kinds of groups of joint memory and joint identity that forms within and around the practice. While doing this, we will follow in the footsteps of Roy Rosenzweig and David Thelen’s research presented in their work The Presence of the Past, while also drawing upon theories and concepts of the historian Bernard Eric Jensen. The latter will serve as the theoretical base for our analysis of a number of qualitative interviews given by practitioners of family history research and participating observations. In this way we have discovered that the family history researchers tend to start off by focusing on the raw data about their ancestors, but usually moves on to focusing on the more in-depth information, concerning the lives of their ancestors and the cultures and societies they lived in. For the researchers this part of the process is directed at making the ancestors come alive. This makes it easier for the researchers to identify with their ancestors, and allows the researchers to reflect upon their own lives. We find that different kinds of groups of joint memory and identity forms in the field of family research. Groups of joint identity is both seen between researchers and between researchers and their families, while groups of joint memory is more common between the researchers and their families.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato18 maj 2016
VejledereAnette Elisabeth Warring


  • Historiebrug
  • Slægtsforskning