A historian is someone who researches parts of history. Some historians specialize in certain parts of history and certain parts of the world. Historians often use the small facts and the artifacts found to interpret more about a person or civilization.
For my generations project I had to get information about the life of my mother and grandfather when they were my age. Some of my questions that I made were “Googleable” meaning you can look up the answer, for example on Google. Other questions were personal, to answer these I got primary sources, my actual mother and gradfather.
This is an example of how a historian works, using primary and secondary sources. A primary source is when someone experienced the event first hand, a secondary source is documented information taken from someone/somewhere else.
One of the challenges I faced was finding time to call my grandfather to ask him the questions, in the end I got it done quite quickly but it was hard finding a good time to call.
Technology now is becoming more common, this means that people can document and share information with others more. This can change how history is remembered because instead of looking through books and old reseach journals they can just look it up online. All it takes to record history using technology is typing up the findings.
This video below is my Generations Project (it has no sound)