Friday, January 18, 2013

Trace Your Academic Family Tree

Richard Dunn
A couple of years ago we did a post on the History of History Tree.   Here it is:

It is a well known fact that historians and genealogists have a rather contentious relationship. While I am sure that their disagreements have something to do with the proper way of exploring the past, I can't help but think that the real source of enmity between them is related to the fact that the genealogists are notorious for hogging all the microfilm readers.

Now history and genealogy come together through the History of History Tree. The tree is still pretty sparse,...but when and if it fills out this could be a really interesting resource. 


I was thinking about this post when I was surfing around the other day and came across Mark Cheathem's post: "My Academic Family Tree."  Mark traces his academic lineage through the great southern historian C. Vann Woodward.

Inspired by Mark's post, I decided to do some work on my own academic family tree.  Here is what I have come up with:

Father: Ned Landsman

Grandfather: Richard Dunn

Great-Grandfather: Wesley Frank Craven

Great-Great Grandfather: Wallace Notestein

Not too shabby!

What does your academic family tree look like?

2 comments:

D G said...

John, maybe it takes a village, not a family. Think about John Woodbridge for you or Bob Godfrey or William R. Hutchison for me, people with whom we studied at the masters level. At this point it looks like Heather has three daddies. And I'm serious.

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