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Questions tagged [family]

For questions on the history of kinship groups commonly characterised by shared kinship, marriage ties, or residency.

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What are the orders regarding family planning in Islam? [on hold]

Today, population growth is the worst problem for every country.And everywhere poverty and hunger are bad and the population growth is attributed to hunger. But the provision of sustenance is written ...
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How would you be told about the death of a family member in the regency era?

In the Regency era, were you delivered a letter or told by somebody that someone in your family had passed away.
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How can we be certain of customs in the primitive age?

I am currently reading Our Oriental Heritage by William Durant. In Chapter IV. The Family, Durant writes of woman: In the hunting stage she did almost all the work except the actual capture of the ...
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How flexible is kinship taxonomy in Jewish communities?

Recently I read this article, which describes the flexible use of the word cousin in African-American and Latinx communities. It made me wonder: historically, have Jewish communities have had ...
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Is the idea that every person should have a “family name” a recent development? [duplicate]

I read this article Naming Names and heard something I've never remotely heard before in any context regarding the idea and spread of the concept of family name... In many parts of the world, ...
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Is living at home into adulthood a modern phenomenon?

I'm looking into my family history and one of my ancestors in 1901 was still living at home with his father, mother and younger siblings at age 25 in England. This is atypical with most of the ...
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Why did people have so many children in Victorian times?

I'm looking into my ancestry, and I found out that my great-great-grandfather, born in 1897, was one of fourteen children! Now I know that even for the period this is a large number of children to ...
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Can someone identify this uniform

I have found this pic of my ancestor. Was wondering what he is wearing. It was taken approximately in the early 1900's in New South Wales Australia. Thanks for any help
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What rights did women have in Switzerland in the first few years of the 20th century?

What were the legal rights of women in Switzerland in 1900-1905? Did women have the right to own property such as jewelry? Did items of value belong to her father if she was under the age of 24? ...
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Are there any historical examples of possible alternatives to the “Nuclear Family”?

The nuclear family we see today is basically the smallest most regular social structure. Others exist like the company or the church, but at the end of the day most people ether live alone or within ...
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What is the history of stay at home moms?

I am interested in learning more information regarding the history of family structures, specifically as relates to stay at home parents. The only data I can really find is from the late 60s until ...
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Clan allegances [closed]

My family clan is Paterson/Patterson - my husband is clan MacDougall. We recently learned however that my husband's great, great grandfather MacDougall's wife (aka his great, great grandmother) was ...
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Did Jim Morrison ever comment on his father's career choice or role in the Vietnam war?

I'm just wondering if and what Jim Morrison ever said about his relationship with his father Rear Admiral George Stephen Morrison with regard to his position in the Navy, or his role in starting the ...
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How frequently were girls adopted in Ancient Rome?

Looking over Wikipedia's article on adoption in Ancient Rome, I notice that it mentions that adoption of females "was much less common" than adoption of males. I don't see any sources for that ...
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Why didn't Roman emperors have harems?

Harems were common in the Orient; the Chinese emperor, the Ottoman sultan, and the Mongol emperor all had many wives. Roman Emperors did not have a similar custom. Why is the harem common in the ...
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What was the average size of French families during the Middle Ages?

My question takes place in at the beginning of the middle-ages in France. Let's focus on small villages and ordinary people (peasants, craftsmen, etc.). I would like to know how many people used to ...
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When did monogamy become the norm in Ancient Greece?

This article says The case for an automatic association between Christianity and monogamy is weakened further by the fact that socially imposed monogamy was first established in ancient Greece ...
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Did people use to marry much younger during the last millennium?

I've frequently heard it stated that "people used to marry at much younger ages" historically. Recently, these kinds of statements have tended to show up in sociological discussions about young ...
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Why is it that the maiden name is traditionally dropped when a woman is getting married?

Haven't seen anything online, even after googling. Wikipedia seems to only list the countries that support the practice, but offers no history. Why is it that the maiden name is traditionally dropped ...