If I wanted to get my kids to read when they were young, nothing was more enticing than the book series Horrible Histories.
And, to be honest, I found them a fun read to do with the kids. Essentially, “the subversive and often scatalogical series of humorous books whose examination of the past in full, gory detail has gripped generations of children around the world…”1
When I heard about the planned movie, and that Warwick Castle has opened a Horrible Histories interactive maze, it got me wondering if someone could create an equivalent for genealogy. I have to admit that I was a bit stymied on a title – Gruesome Genealogies, Gangrene Genealogies, Ghoulish Genealogies, Gimmicky Genealogies, etc. None of these seemed to work. I then shifted to trying to do a rift off of family histories – and, those options aren’t even printable!
I love learning history through fiction. Why not do the same with genealogy and family history. Use a type of provocative fiction which just happens to be based on real research into real individuals and families.
What do you think?
What provocative series title comes to mind?
What types of genealogy stories might such a series be based on?
1 Horrible Histories: the Movie is coming soon, says creator Terry Deary
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