The world has moved fast in four decades. The activity of genealogy with it. Computers and digitisation have changed genealogy almost beyond recognition. We haven't talked about this change.
Dr Iain E Riddell, has been working with the outputs and products of digitised genealogy for the last fifteen years. He makes use of the digital revolution of genealogy to discuss social and economic history of the long nineteenth century.
Iain's PhD thesis was focused on what can be achieved through genealogical endeavour in the digitised era. This work focused on kinship collation as a method and the new history from below insights that can appear when it is applied
Computer technology has created the capacity to assemble and process vast amounts of data. Humanities subjects have been able to use this to deepen understanding of past and present societies. The technology has spawned new aprroaches and new discussions, methodologies and analysis. The possabilities and tools are usually discussed under the label and theory of Digital Humanities.