‘Their Story, My Words: Narrativizing family history ethically and authentically’

Activity: Examination typesExamination


This thesis responds to the question “How can family history be represented and narrativised ethically and authentically? This thesis combines the fields of autoethnography and family history to produce both a self-reflexive Exegesis and a Creative Praxis, focussing on my grandparents’ history as White Russians before, during and after the Russian Revolution, and discusses the ethical and authentic representation of historical events through personal narratives. The impetus for this thesis was the growing worldwide interest in family history research, and the subsequent use by family historians, of primary sources and family stories to write the lives of ancestors.
Period9 Oct 202321 Nov 2023
ExamineeAlexandra de Fircks
Examination held at
  • Macquarie University
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • auto ethnography
  • life writing
  • creative writing