Family history and searching for hidden trauma—a personal commentary [Commentary]

Bifulco, Antonia ORCID logoORCID: (2021) Family history and searching for hidden trauma—a personal commentary [Commentary]. Genealogy, 5 (2) , e46. ISSN 2313-5778 [Article] (doi:10.3390/genealogy5020046)

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Background: Searching family history is now popular through increased internet access coinciding with a need for understanding identity. Prior unresolved war trauma can help explain impacts on subsequent generations and the need to search for family narrative, particularly in refugee families. This paper explores the search for trauma narratives through personal family history research, with links to community groups. Method: The author’s own Polish family history research provides examples of trauma and loss from World War II in Poland. This is supplemented by quotes from an existing interview study of second-generation Poles to amplify themes and indicate their wider community relevance.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): family tree, war trauma, attachment, identity, immigration, forgetting, emotional geography
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS)
Item ID: 33085
Notes on copyright: Copyright: © 2021 by the author. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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Date Deposited: 10 May 2021 07:37
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