Microhistory: Research using the web site "Bytown or Bust"
(History and Genealogy in the Ottawa, Canada area)
July 31, 2015:
Source for following paragraph: What is Microhistory? Theory and Practice, by SG Magnússon and IM Szijártó
(Download remainder of the postscript to this book at https://www.academia.edu/5205155/What_is_Microhistory_Theory_and_Practice)
The study of history using the technique of "Microhistory" is rapidly developing. This web page will be used to give
some examples of microhistorical research using our web site "Bytown or Bust
". Our web site
is called "A Digital History of Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, Canada" and contains over 1,700 web pages which
can be searched using the dedicated Google search engine on every page.
We have lots of machine-readable research material including the histories of many of the towns and villages in the
Ottawa and Gatineau Valleys, hundreds of family histories which can be used for migration and settlement studies and
for genealogical studies and we have many church registration records for both sides of the Ottawa River in the
This web site is a co-operative resource with many hundreds of contributors. It is free to use and to
collaborate with other researchers and this site is updated on a more-or-less daily basis.
The above excerpt is from University of Ottawa Professor Chad Gaffield's chapter called Sources, Methods and Interdisciplinarity
in the book Building New Bridges / Bâtir de Nouveaux Ponts
, edited by Jeff Keshen and Sylvie Perrier,
published by the University of Ottawa Press, 2005, pages 265-274.
You can read the complete chapter online at
Other Interesting Papers by Chad Gaffield:
"Boom and Bust: The Demography and Economy of the Lower Ottawa Valley in the Nineteenth Century
by Chad Gaffield, Historical Papers / Communications historiques, vol. 17, n° 1, 1982, p. 172-195.
"Canadian Families in Cultural Context: Hypotheses from the Mid.Nineteenth Century
by Chad M. Gaffield, Historical Papers / Communications historiques, vol. 14, n‹ 1, 1979, p. 48-70.
See also History of the Outaouais
, by Chad Gaffield, Institut québecois de recherche sur la culture,
Published by Institut québecois de recherche sur la culture, 1997, ISBN 9782892242713 (book is available in English)
Other references to historical research in the Ottawa / Outaouais can be found in our bibliography
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