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by Donald Harman Akenson
"Family history – ‘genealogy’ in the broad sense of that term – has come a long way in recent decades. It still is energized by the core enthusiasm of individuals who are curious to learn the detailed and extended narrative of their own families, yet increasingly family historians interconnect with the larger scholarly community. And, today the traffic is two-way: family historians learn from social historians, biographers, anthropologists, demographers and geneticists, and simultaneously scholars in those areas use the data provided by family historians as input into their own studies. The shrewdest of the general scholars also are catholic enough to take advice from family historians concerning research methods that are useful for unraveling particularly knotty questions of finite fact."
This article looks at Professor T.M. Charles-Edwards’s The Chronicle of Ireland, a two-volume set in the prestigious series ‘Translated Texts for Historians’.