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’.

Reshaping Families, Reshaping Identities by Katy Barbier-Greenland

I presented my paper Reshaping Families, Reshaping Identities on Thursday afternoon last week as part of the Reproductive Bodies and Identities stream at the Remaking Reproduction: Global Politics of Reproductive Technologies conference at Cambridge. What a fabulous conference - so many passionate and generous people there sharing cutting-edge, fascinating research.

Download the full conference brochure here and you can read more about the conference themes and purpose, as well as the Reproductive Sociology research institute, on the website. Please let me know if you'd like a copy of my talk!