Unlocking the Mystery of the Family Emotional History
SAVE THE DATE: April 9-10, 2021
The goal of this conference is to highlight the importance of exploring family research as a means to better understand one’s family and one’s part in it. The invited researcher, Ryan Woods, leads a nationally recognized organization, AmericanAncestors, the oldest genealogical organization in the US. From his rich experience in traditional genealogical research, he will present on how people are motivated and impacted by genealogical research and on his observations of patterns and legacies in published family histories. His broad research perspective will interface with presenters who will describe research of their own families from the perspective of Bowen family systems theory. Participants will come away with an appreciation of how family research broadens one’s understanding of family emotional process and how Bowen theory illuminates one’s understanding of family history.
Ryan J. Woods is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of AmericanAncestors and the New England Historic Genealogical Society―America’s founding genealogical organization. Established in 1845, it is the nation’s leading comprehensive resource for family history research. Ryan has played a vital role in developing services and experiences to meet twenty-first-century research and information access requirements. He was the lead creator of AmericanAncestors.org, the organization’s award-winning website and the most-used genealogical society website in the world. A dedicated researcher, Ryan’s interests include the history of genealogy as a discipline and its applications in education and social studies, including the use of historical biographies to teach character and ethics.
Mr. Woods will be speaking on the following topics at the Spring Conference:
- The Origins, Motivations, and Influence of Genealogy: An Examination of the Development of Family History as Pastime and Profession.
- Generational Impact: A Survey of Observations, Patterns, and Legacies in Published Family Histories
The Spring Conference focuses on a single concept related to Bowen theory. Guest scientists, researchers, and leaders in the study of family systems offer presentations related to the topic during this two-day conference. There is ample time for questions and discussion with the audience.
Each year at the Spring Conference, the Caskie Research Fund Award is given to support an important research effort in Bowen theory.
Our previous conference, Creating a Climate for Change (2020), was held on April 3-4, 2020. Recordings of this and previous Spring Conferences are available to download or rent on Gumroad. Conferences from 2017 and prior can be purchased as DVD Sets and MP3 CDs from the online store.
For further information, please email The Bowen Center