The following announcement was written by Barbara J Starmans:
What is Social History?
Social History is not concerned with politics and wars, or kings and presidents, but rather with the lives of ordinary people. It is a view of history from the bottom up, rather than from the top down.
Looking through the lens of the past enhances our understanding of how people lived, worked and played in their daily lives. It is often the minutia of someone’s life that tells the story of who they were and what they believed in. Beyond names and dates, those who came before us have a story to tell, and by learning about their time and place and how they lived in it, we can add to our understanding of who they were.
Barbara J Starmans is a social historian and published freelance writer living in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. She has been doing family history research for the past 35 years, is a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies as well as an instructor for their intermediate research course on Social History.
Barbara enjoys keeping up with trending topics in genealogy and social history research and loves to share her latest discoveries. Follow her on Twitter @bjstarmans and on her The Social Historian Facebook page.