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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 “exactly” is the difference between “Clan” and “Family”? [closed]

The reason why I ask this question, is, because there are many non Japanese who would like to say ( For example ) Takeda Clan, instead of Takeda Family. We Japanese do not hold a huge meeting like ...
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Are “pots of memory” an historical custom?

I found a term "pots of memory" in a novel. I searched on the web but I could not find any clues. The novel, "Kokushikan Satsujinjiken" by Mushitaro Oguri was published 1934 in Japan and people ...
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To prevent sex were men bound in bags or locked in beds?

I remember in the past, before marriage, a woman’s family would bind her man when he stayed with her in a sleeping bag or bed. Essentially it would lock him into this bag/bed thing so he couldn’t ...
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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 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 ...