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A list of key readings about Family history.
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Social history

  • Elder, Jr., Glen H. "History and the Family: The Discovery of Complexity." Journal of Marriage and the Family, Vol. 43, No. 3 (Aug., 1981), pp. 489-519 in JSTOR
  • Hareven, Tamara K. "The Home and the Family in Historical Perspective." Social Research 1991 58(1): 253-285. Issn: 0037-783x in EBSCO
  • Hareven, Tamara K. "The History of the Family and the Complexity of Social Change. American Historical Review 1991 96(1): 95-124. Issn: 0002-8762 in Jstor
  • Laslett, Peter, ed. Family Life and Illicit Love in Former Generations (1977).
  • Laslett, Peter and Wall, Richard, eds. Household and Family in Past Time. (1972).

Britain, U.S., Canada

  • Arensberg, Conrad M.. and Solon T. Kimball. Family and Community in Ireland (1968).
  • Bardaglio, Peter W. Reconstructing the Household: Families, Sex, and the Law in the Nineteenth-Century South. (1995). 355 pp.
  • Billingsley, Carolyn Earle. Communities of Kinship: Antebellum Families and the Settlement of the Cotton Frontier. (2004) 215 pp.
  • Bleser, Carol, ed. In Joy and in Sorrow: Women, Family, and Marriage in the Victorian South. (1991). 330 pp.
  • Bradbury, Bettina, ed. Canadian Family History: Selected Readings. (1992).
  • Byington, Margaret F. Homestead: The Households of a Mill Town [1910], a major primary source; deals with Pittsburgh
  • Basch, Norma. Framing American Divorce: From the Revolutionary Generation to the Victorians. (1999). 237 pp.
  • Brown, Kathleen M. Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia (1996)
  • Campbell, D'Ann. Women at War with America: Private Lives in a Public Era, (1984), World War II; covers housewives, nurses, Wacs, war-workers
  • Carr, Lois Green, and Lorena S. Walsh. "The Planter's Wife: The Experience of White Women in Seventeenth-Century Maryland." William and Mary Quarterly, 1977 Vol. 34 Issue October, 561-558* Coontz, Stephanie. The Social Origins of Private Life: A History of American Families, 1600-1900. (1989). 365 pp.
  • Costin, Lela B.; Karger, Howard Jacob; and Stoesz, David. The Politics of Child Abuse in America. (1996). 194 pp.
  • Degler, Carl. At Odds: Women and the Family in America from the Revolution to the Present (1980).
  • Demos, John. A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony (1970) influential pioneering study
  • Foyster, Elizabeth. Marital Violence: An English Family History, 1660-1857. (2005). 282 pp.
  • Gillis, John. For Better, For Worse: British Marriages, 1600 to the Present (1985).
  • Gordon. Michael, ed. The American Family in Social-Historical Perspective (2nd ed. 1978), essays by scholars
  • Griswold, Robert L. Fatherhood in America: A History. (1993). 382 pp.
  • Hareven, Tamara K. Family Time and Industrial Time: The Relationship Between the Family and Work in a New England Industrial Community (1982).
  • Hartog, Hendrik. Man and Wife in America: A History. (2000) 408 pp. , legal history.
  • Hawes, Joseph M,. and Elizabeth I Nybakken, eds. Family and Society in American History (2001), essays by scholars excerpt and text search
  • Hunter, Jean E. and Mason, Paul T., eds. The American Family: Historical Perspectives. (1991). 211 pp.
  • Kierner, Cynthia A. "Women, Gender, Families, and Households in the Southern Colonies." Journal of Southern History 2007 73(3): 643-658. Issn: 0022-4642 Ebsco
  • Kleinberg, S. J. The Shadow of the Mills: Working Class Families in Pittsburgh, 1870-1907 (1989)
  • Laslett, Peter. et al, eds. An Introduction to English Historical Demography (1966)
  • Macfarlane, Alan. Marriage and Love in England: Modes of Reproduction 1300-1840 (1987)
  • McMillen, Sally G. Motherhood in the Old South: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Infant Rearing. (1990). 237 pp.
  • Mintz, Steven, and Susan Kellogg. Domestic Revolutions: A Social History of American Family Life (1988), 316pp; the standard scholarly history excerpt and text search
  • Mintz, Steven. Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood. (2004). 464 pp., the standard scholarly history excerpt and text search
  • Mintz, Steven. "Teaching Family History: an Annotated Bibliography." Magazine of History 2001 15(4): 11-18. Issn: 0882-228x
  • Mintz, Steven. A Prison of Expectations: The Family in Victorian Culture. (1983). 234 pp., focus on families of famous writers
  • Pleck, Elizabeth. Domestic Tyranny: The Making of American Social Policy against Family Violence from Colonial Times to the Present. (1987). 273 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Regosin, Elizabeth. Freedom's Promise: Ex-Slave Families and Citizenship in the Age of Emancipation. (2002). 239 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Riley, Glenda. Building and Breaking Families in the American West. (1996). 204 pp.
  • Riney-Kehrberg, Pamela. Childhood on the Farm: Work, Play, and Coming of Age in the Midwest. (2005). 300 pp excerpt and text search
  • Rotundo, E. Anthony. American Manhood: Transformations In Masculinity From The Revolution To The Modern Era (1994) excerpt and text search
  • Ruggles, Steven. Prolonged Connections: The Rise of the Extended Family in Nineteenth-Century England and America. (1987). 282 pp.
  • Stone, Lawrence. The Family, Sex and Marriage in England 1500-1800 (1977).
  • Walvin, James. A Child's World: A Social History of English Childhood (1800-1914) (1982).
  • Ward, Peter. Courtship, Love and Marriage in Nineteenth Century English Canada. (1990). 219 pp.
  • Watts, Jim and Davis, Allen F. Generations: Your Family in Modern American History. (1974). 210 pp.
  • Wrigley, E. A., and R. S. Schofield, The Population History of England, 1541—1871: A Reconstruction (1981), the most comprehensive study for any nation excerpt and text searcvh


see also Annales School

  • Adams, Julia. The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe. (2005). 235 pp.
  • Ariès, Philippe. Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life (1962), France
  • Astarita, Tommaso. Village Justice: Community, Family, and Popular Culture in Early Modern Italy. (1999). 305 pp.
  • Bell, Rudolph M. Fate and Honor, Family and Village: Demographic and Cultural Change in Rural Italy since 1800. (1979). 288 pp.
  • Copley, Antony. Sexual Moralities in France, 1780-1980: New Ideas on the Family, Divorce, and Homosexuality: an Essay on Moral Change. (1989). 283 pp.
  • Darrow, Margaret H. Revolution in the House: Family, Class, and Inheritance in Southern France, 1775-1825. (1990). 279 pp.
  • Engel, Barbara Alpern. Between the Fields and the City: Women, Work, and Family in Russia, 1861-1914. (1994). 254 pp.
  • Evans, Richard J. and Lee, W. R., eds. The German Family: Essays on the Social History of the Family in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Germany. (1981). 302 pp.
  • Flandrin, Jean-Louis. Families in Former Times; Kinship, Household, and Sexuality. (1979). 265 pp on France
  • Gager, Kristin Elizabeth. Blood Ties and Fictive Ties: Adoption and Family Life in Early Modern France. (1996). 197 pp.
  • Habermas, Rebekka. Frauen und Männer des Bürgertums. Eine Familiengeschichte (1750-1850) [Women and men of the bourgeoisie: a family history, 1750-1850]. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2000. 456 pp.
  • Herlihy, David. Medieval Households (1985)
  • Heuer, Jennifer Ngaire. The Family and the Nation: Gender and Citizenship in Revolutionary France, 1789-1830. (2005). 256 pp.
  • Kaplan, Marion A. The Making of the Jewish Middle Class: Women, Family, and Identity in Imperial Germany. (1991). 351 pp.
  • Kertzer, David I. and Saller, Richard P., eds. The Family in Italy from Antiquity to the Present. (1991). 399 pp.
  • Klapisch-Zuber, Christiane. Women, Family, and Ritual in Renaissance Italy. (1985). 338 pp.
  • Koonz, Claudia. Mothers in the Fatherland: Women, Family Life, and Nazi Ideology, 1919-1945. (1986). 640 pp.
  • Kuehn, Thomas. Law, Family, and Women: Toward a Legal Anthropology of Renaissance Italy. (1992). 415 pp.
  • Laslett, Peter and Wall, Richard, eds. Household and Family in Past Time.(1972)
  • Nivre, Elisabeth Wåghäll. Women and Family in Early Modern German Literature. (2004). 221 pp.
  • Ozment, Steven. Flesh and Spirit: Private Life in Early Modern Germany. (1999.) 348 pp.
  • Ransel, David L., ed. The Family in Imperial Russia: New Lines of Historical Research. (1979). 342 pp.
  • Segalen, Martine. Love and Power in the Peasant Family: Rural France in the Nineteenth Century. (1983). 206 pp.
  • Traer, James F. Marriage and the Family in Eighteenth-Century France. (1980). 208 pp.
  • Wheaton, Robert and Harven, Tamara K., eds. Family and Sexuality in French History. (1980)
  • Woolf, Stuart, ed. Domestic Strategies: Work and Family in France and Italy, 1600-1800. (1991). 207 pp.
  • Worobec, Christine D. Peasant Russia: Family and Community in the Post-Emancipation Period. (1991). 257 pp.

Asia, Latin America

  • Fuess, Harald. Divorce in Japan: Family, Gender, and the State, 1600-2000. (2004). 226 pp.
  • Glushkova, Irina and Vora, Rajendra, ed. Home, Family, and Kinship in Maharashtra. (2000) 240 pp. India
  • Hanley, Susan B. and Wolf, Arthur P., eds. Family and Population in East Asian History. (1985). 360 pp.
  • Hareven, Tamara K. The Silk Weavers of Kyoto: Family and Work in a Changing Traditional Industry. (2002). 371 pp.
  • Huang, Philip C. C. The Peasant Family and Rural Development in the Yangzi Delta, 1350-1988. (1990). 421 pp.
  • Laslett, Peter and Wall, Richard, eds. Household and Family in Past Time. (1972).
  • Milanich, Nara. "Whither Family History? A Road Map from Latin America." American Historical Review 2007 112(2): 439-458 online from EBSCO
  • Waltner, Ann. Getting an Heir: Adoption and the Construction of Kinship in Late Imperical China. (1991). 226 pp.
  • Yan, Yunxiang. Private Life under Socialism: Love, Intimacy, and Family Change in a Chinese Village, 1949-1999. (2003). 281 pp.


  • Cerny, Johni and Elliot, Wendy. The Library: A Guide to the LDS Family History Library. (1988). 763 pp.
  • Ching, Frank. Ancestors: 900 Years in the Life of a Chinese Family. (1988). 512 pp.
  • Cole, Trafford R. Italian Genealogical Records: How to Use Italian Civil, Ecclesiastical & Other Records in Family History Research (1995) excerpt and text search
  • Cruise, M. T. W. Guidelines For Ancestry Research With An Emphasis on African-American Genealogy (2007) excerpt and text search
  • Herber, Mark. Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History.' (2nd ed. 2006). 873 pp.
  • Hey, David. Family History and Local History in England. (1987). 276 pp.
  • Irvine, Sherry. Scottish Ancestry: Research Methods for Family Historians (2nd ed. 2003) excerpt and text search
  • Moody, David. Scottish Family History. (1988). 219 pp
  • Rose, Christine. Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures (2004)
  • Smith, Jessie Carney. Ethnic Genealogy: A Research Guide (1983) excerpt and text search