This study examines the background of publication and the character of the data from a historical perspective, targeting the first published genealogical table of Pyeongtaek Lim Clan.
Pyeongtaek Lim Clan published the first genealogy in 1764 (the 40th year of King Yeongjo's reign), which is relatively late compared to the other clan’s cases. The genealogy describes the activities and family lineage of the characters after the founding of the Joseon Dynasty. Regarding the characters in the early Joseon Dynasty, the tendency of the Sarim School faction was emphasized, and the characters in the late Joseon Dynasty revealed their relationship with the School of the Westerner.
The genealogy contains sentences written on the achievements of important ancestors and the contents engraved on tombstones. Famous sages were selected from the figures of Pyeongtaek Lim Clan in the early Joseon Dynasty, and they were included in the tradition of Sarim and defined as a member of Sarim School. For wives, it emphasized wise wife and benevolence by recording the attitude of responding to real problems and facts related to the realization of Neo-Confucian values. Among the Pyeongtaek Lim Clan, the family lineage organized around a specific lineage contains Neo-Confucian values. Starting with the record of the person emphasizing the relationship with Yi Seong-gye (the founder of the Joseon Dynasty) in the early Joseon Dynasty, the record of the date of death is included. This attitude of record was the result of the intention to symbolize Neo-Confucian values while linking the legitimacy of Joseon with the family line.
In the mid-18th century, Pyeongtaek Lim Clan revealed their historical perspective through publishing first genealogical table. Records highlight figures who contributed to the founding of Joseon or who contained the values of the Sarim faction from the political perspective of Seoin in the mid-18th century.