The Many Wives of Howard William Lowe: Working with Social History to Glean Genealogical Insights (a 2023 Reisinger Lecture)

Gary Ball-Kilbourne, PhD, CG
Oct 20, 2023
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Howard William Lowe
11m 43s
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Marriage 1 - Clara Hegg
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Marriage 2 - Vera Urdahl
2m 58s
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Marriage 3 - Frances Enright
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Marriage 4 - Catherine Collins
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Marriage 5 - Catherine Lowe
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Genealogists are expected to conduct research not just reasonably exhaustively but also broadly. Understanding the social milieu of the specific time and place within which an individual lived is an essential element of broad research. A case study focusing on an early twentieth-century blue-collar worker in western Minnesota and his several wives illustrates how social history provides insights illuminating their lives.

This class is presented live at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City as part of the Joy Reisinger Memorial Lecture Series and is being broadcasted by Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Gary Ball-Kilbourne, PhD, CG®, is a genealogical researcher, teacher, and writer. He is a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists and serves as the editor of BCG’s publication, OnBoard. He has written articles for the
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  1. TT
    tina tuttle
    8 months ago

    Nice framing of historical context. Interesting case. Thank you!

  2. XM
    Xana Miller
    8 months ago

    Thank you

  3. TS
    Teresa Shaw
    8 months ago

    Can’t wait to see again!

  4. JH
    Jane Harmon
    8 months ago

    The webinar itself is very instructive. Add to that the amazing syllabus. I’ve not seen such extensive footnotes, carefully written citations all, outside of a college course. And that is followed by two more pages of sources and suggested readings. A scholarly work for a short presentation of a great mystery story, but silent instruction as an example for genealogists to emulate. Excellent work on all points!

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    Rochelle Males
    8 months ago

    Very interesting things to think about and definitely makes me want to take a closer look at some of the “elusive” divorces I’ve come across in my own research. Thank you!

  6. SG
    Sharron Gebhardt
    8 months ago

    Excellent contextual presentation and analysis that widens case study perspectives.

  7. ST
    Shannon Terwedo
    8 months ago

    Enjoyed the social context focus of this case study. Helpful demonstration of scholarly social research integration to understand social behavioral of the place and time studied.

  8. JT
    Jackie Thornton
    8 months ago

    Excellent presentation


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