International Society of Genetic Genealogy Wiki by Katy Barbier-Greenland

The International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) hosts a Wiki with a lot of resources and links, one of which is to my Family Secrets, Secret Families website, on their ‘Unexpected results’ page. Thanks ISOGG!

Their website explains that the “ISOGG was founded in 2005 by DNA project administrators who shared a common vision: the promotion and education of genetic genealogy. Our mission is to advocate for and educate about the use of genetics as a tool for genealogical research, and to promote a supportive network for genetic genealogists.” The Wiki was created for anyone interested in genetic genealogy and all are able to contribute, although the articles and resources are of particular interest to the gg community.

The impacts of family secrets: interviewed for the Boston Globe by Katy Barbier-Greenland

Beth Teitell is a features writer at the Boston Globe, commentator on public radio’s Marketplace, and a published author who writes at the intersection of technology, culture, sport and society, so it was my pleasure to talk with Beth today for a story she’s doing for the Globe on the impacts of family secret discoveries. The story will be out fairly soon I think so very excited to share that once it’s out in the world!

On a vaguely (only VERY vaguely) related note, I travelled to Boston and spent a couple of weeks there in 2013 to interview staff at Harvard and MIT about research ethics and attend an ethics conference, so I have some wonderful memories of Boston - such a beautiful, grand city and the Boston Globe is a left-centre leaning daily publication founded in 1872.

Check out the Family Tree Live speaker blogs! by Katy Barbier-Greenland

The Family Tree Live blogs are up! Mine’s accessible here and includes a really lovely writeup from Helen Tovey, one of the organisers. Tickets are selling like hotcakes apparently and you can pick yours up at the Family Tree Live website for 12 pounds….not bad!

Only three months to go, and excited to be catching up with an amazing psychologist I met along my research journey who lives in London and has expertise in working with families after discovering similar events. Also looking forward to just, well…being in London! I haven’t been there before except to whiz through to other places for other conferences so really excited to have a couple of days there to hang out with the UK’s best family history folk and check out London itself.

Presenting on family secrets & identity at the International Society for Research on Identity conference by Katy Barbier-Greenland

I’ll be giving a paper at the 26th annual International Society for Research on Identity conference this May in Italy. My paper focuses on the impacts of family secret discoveries on identity…Naples, here we come! http://identityisri.org/ #familysecrets #identity #isriconference2019 #phd #phdlife

DNA, genealogy and the Double Helix History project by Katy Barbier-Greenland

I recently participated in a focus group discussion on the ways in which DNA has impacted on family history work at the Nederlandse Genealogische Vereniging, which is the Dutch Genealogical Society. Prof Jerome de Groot ran the group whilst visiting from University of Manchester, UK, as part of his world tour collecting data for the Double Helix History project. The Double Helix History project explores how people ‘get’ and understand their history and themselves, and there’s a lot more to come from this project.

The afternoon was a fascinating discussion with the Netherland’s best genealogy experts: technical, interesting and insightful! Lovely to catch up again with genealogy expert John Boeren who runs Antecedentia and to talk all things family history, DNA and identity with Jerome.

Family Tree Live update by Katy Barbier-Greenland

Family Tree Live UK is really coming together…the organisers are busily organising blogs for all speakers which is going to be really fun in terms of updating and sharing news and ideas to a new audience. While my project is based in sociology and psychology, I’ve found that it has really strong resonance with family history, so I’m excited to give this talk to this new audience.

Actually, it’s the first time I will be able to draw on my background as a social worker as well as my PhD research to reflect on the impacts of family secret discoveries arising from genealogical research, and what on earth to do about them…how to prepare, how to support yourself and others. I hope the talk will compliment some of the more technical talks which are the ‘how to’, because this won’t give you tips on finding people but if you find something unexpected, it’ll help you with the ‘what next’.

Simmel, sex and secrecy by Katy Barbier-Greenland

I’ll be submitting an abstract to present at the European Sociological Association’s 2019 conference to be held in Manchester, UK, in late August. The theme of the conference is ‘EUROPE AND BEYOND: BOUNDARIES, BARRIERS AND BELONGING’.

There are a large number of different research areas people will be speaking on, and the Research Network 13 called Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives is doing a really interesting joint session with the Network that focuses on the Sociology of Children and Childhood called ““In the child’s best interests?”: Global perspectives on parenting culture, family policy and child well-being’. I thought I could present on perspectives from around the world about the ways in which some parents and others keep secrets from children, often considering this to be in the child’s best interests.

BUT…..I think though that I would really like to present on Simmel, who is one of my key scholars. There’s a session called ‘Simmel and Beyond’ as it’s the 100 year anniversary of his death for which papers can be submitted by those “challenged by Simmel’s thinking and who use his concepts and methodology to present here the results of their investigations”. He’s the ‘original gangster’ as far as the sociology of secrets is concerned, and has a lot of really interesting things to say around secrecy and privacy in families and society, in terms of how these things function and what the impacts can be. He talks about knowledge and boundaries (in terms of who knows and who doesn’t know), power, truth and lies…pretty fascinating stuff and all absolutely relevant to draw from to help me understand the experience and impacts of contemporary family secrets.

Building Bridges by Katy Barbier-Greenland

Somehow I managed to get up SUPER early, ready for my 4:15am conference presentation at Building Bridges between Disciplines live via Zoom! Of course in Melbourne it was the very reasonable time of 2:15pm.

We did have a few technical difficulties, but I was really happy with how things went overall. Thanks to Swinburne for including me from across the oceans! Thanks in particular to my supervisor Deb Dempsey for saying ‘yes’ to the possibility of me zooming in, to Carolyn Beasley for organising the tech, and for Greg Every for chairing the session I was in.

It was a fabulous program and a well-organised conference - heard really positive things about the rest of the day. See you in 2019!