Genealogical documents provide important information about an individual’s life. In many cases, birth, baptismal, marriage, death and burial records may be the only written evidence available about a person and his or her family. In this way, they are a fascinating insight into the past. Genealogical research can not only demonstrate familial ties, basic dates and places of residence, but also illustrate links between people and the communities in which they lived. In order to gain the fullest possible understanding of historical communities, Know History complements our genealogical research by examining historical letters, journals, and manuscripts found at repositories across Canada, including governmental, clerical, and local archives and libraries.
Social Network Analysis
Know History is leading the field with our incorporation of Social Network Analysis (SNA) into historical research. SNA allows us to examine social relationships through the ties between individuals and communities. As a complement to genealogical research, SNA is an effective means of analyzing, interpreting, and drawing conclusions on a variety of relations, from kinship patterns of community structure to labour groups, all through the production of visual graphs. Important alternative relationships – like godparents, and extended kinship networks – are often difficult to visualize through traditional family trees, nor do family trees allow us to observe collective behaviour, such as which members of a community worked together or associated with each other through local groups. Know History associates use SNA to skillfully uncover these associations, and we provide clients with graphs and images that logically depict relational data.
Genealogy and SNA services provided:
- Research requests
- Archival research
- Document collections
- Bibliography of sources
- Family trees
- Mapping of historic records
- Written Social Network Analysis reports and graphs
Image Credit: Canada. Dept. of Manpower and Immigration / Library and Archives Canada / PA-181009.