Announcements: 13 May 2011


Workshop: Recording Oral Histories with your Family
The Foundling Museum, London
Saturday 25 June, 10 am – 1 pm

– A free workshop on doing oral histories with your own family. Run by exhibition curators Sarah Lowry and Alison Duke. Participants must book in advance at the museum or by calling 0207 841 3600. The museum will be repeating the workshop in September.

Seminar: Colonial and Postcolonial New Researchers’ Workshop
Germany Room, Institute of Historical Research, London
Monday 16 May, 5 pm – 7 pm

– Jack Lord (SOAS) speaks on ‘Being Childish: The Intellectual History of Children in Colonial Ghana.’ See his recent article here. The seminar’s full schedule is here.

New Online Research Databases

Obituaries Australia

– Obituaries Australia is hosted by the National Centre of Biography at the Australian National University. This is a digital repository of Australian obituaries that have appeared in newspapers, journals and other publications from ‘the earliest times to the present.’

Base de données des dossiers individuels de condamnés au bagne (Database of prison convict records from Guyana and New Caledonia before 1891)

– This database includes individual prison records from French colonial prisons in Guyana and New Caledonia from 1852 to 1891, as held in the Colonial Prison Administration files in the National Archives Overseas.

New Genealogy Blog

Western District Families: Stories of my Pioneering Families from the Western District of Victoria

– This lovely new blog by Merron Riddiford tells family stories based on newspaper articles from Western District history using the Nation Library of Australia’s Trove Digitised Newspapers site.

Recent Publications

Joseph W. Esherick, Ancestral Leaves: A Family Journey Through Chinese History (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011).

This book follows the story of one family through six hundred years of Chinese history. Using manuscripts, archival and oral sources, Esherick narrates what is both a personal family and a national narrative of everyday life.

Emma Rothschild, The Inner Life of Empires: An Eighteenth-Century History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011).

This book also follows the story of one family, the Johnstones, who lived in Scotland and around the world (including Grenada, India, Jamaica and Florida) in the eighteenth century. Rothschild uses the Johnstone family’s history to examine the rise of the modern political, economic and intellectual world in the context of the British American and Asian empires.

Joy Schulz, ‘Empire of the Young: Missionary Children in Hawai’i and the Birth of U.S. Colonialism in the Pacific, 1820-1898,’ PhD dissertation, University of Nebraska, 2011.

This dissertation explores the history of the children of nineteenth-century American missionaries in Hawai’i, particularly with respect to the competing influences of family, culture, place and education that shaped their political and personal histories.

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