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Katy Barbier-Greenland - Family Tree Live speaker profile



How to deal with family secrets tactfully

Katy Barbier-Greenland will be speaking on ‘Inheriting the unexpected - dealing with unforeseen family secret discoveries arising from genealogical research’ at Family Tree Live


Introducing Katy Barbier-Greenland’s talk:

Genealogical research can uncover unexpected and distressing family secrets. That’s no reason not to do it, but it’s as well to be prepared. In her talk Katy Barbier-Greenland will share several family secret discovery stories, reflect upon the impacts she has encountered and offer insights into sensitive responses to help you tread a diplomatic path into the past.


Katy Barbier-Greenland writes:

All families have secrets, and it’s almost inevitable that when we undertake genealogical research, family secrets can emerge.

Discovering family secrets might be wonderful, but can often be confusing, distressing or upsetting. In her talk, Katy will share family secret discovery stories from around the world, collected for her PhD project, ‘Family Secrets, Secret Families’. She’ll also reflect upon ways in which we might prepare for the possibility of discovering our own major family secrets.

Katy will offer practical insights on how you might empathically disclose this information to others, considering how the family secrets we inherit can have implications for our future.


This talk is for you if you’re curious about those family secrets and are looking for ways to handle them better in your family and in your research.

Suitable for all levels of family history researcher, beginner to experienced.

#familysecrets #familyhistory #familyfeuds


Come along to Family Tree Live find out more…

Katy Barbier-Greenland will be speaking at 16.00 on Friday 26 April 2019


Mini bio:

Katy is from Melbourne and lives in Amsterdam now. She holds undergraduate degrees in social science majoring in psychology and social work with honours, as well as a Master of Information Management with a research specialisation.

Katy is currently undertaking a PhD in sociology, psychology and family history called ‘Family Secrets, Secret Families’.

Her research interests focus on the ways in which identity, secrecy, silences, stigma, taboo, knowledge and power function in and around families.

Over the last fifteen years, Katy has worked in health and social policy and research management, and she currently works as a grant manager for a health and medical education company.

Katy loves dogs, art, secrets, libraries, dancing, and everything French.

Find out more about Katy Barbier-Greenland’s research at:


twitter @katybeegreen 

Katy will also be speaking at the International Society For Research on Identity conference in May in Naples, with a talk entitled: ' “My sister and I are not who we thought we were”: http://identityisri.org/ 


How to catch the Family Tree Live talks

The talks are included in your all-inclusive Family Tree Live ticket price. To find out more about this brand new family history event at Alexandra Palace, click here!


Plan your day out

To download the programme of talks just click here!

Go to www.family-tree.co.uk click Family Tree Live, then Lectures & Workshops


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