Researched Families

<em>Les Lign&eacute;es des Roys de France</em>
Les Lignées des Roys de France, ca. 1470.

Research makes families too. Indeed, it is the most elaborate way of constructing a family. Genealogy creates connections across many more generations than personal acquaintance ever can, and the reasons for seeking out such complex relationships are many and varied. Here we offer one classic example of political and dynastic family building, and another that speaks to the American search for roots.


This parchment roll contains a shortened version of Les Grandes Chroniques de France, the official his­tory of the realm that was maintained by the historically minded Benedic­tine monks of the royal abbey of St. Denis. [Essay 50]

Les Lignées des Roys de France [The lineage of the kings of France]
France, c. 1450
Purchased with the assistance of T. Kimball Brooker, 1993
VAULT oversize Case MS 132

<em>A Genealogical Tree of the Lippincott Family in America</em>
Charles Lippincott, A Genealogical Tree of the Lippincott Family in America, 1880.

This huge poster is an elaborate example of a compiled genealogy, a constructed piece that displays each generation of ancestors. The Newberry holds about 20,000 of them, although most are narratives in book form. The Lippincotts were Quakers who settled in colonial New England in the early eighteenth century. [Essay 53]

Charles Lippincott
A Genealogical Tree of the Lippincott Family in America, from the Ancestors of Richard and Abigail
Philadelphia: J. L. Smith, 1880
General Fund, 1926
E 7 .L675