In my story a scientist figures out the way to bring his dead family back to life, either through creating new beings that look like them or by reanimation. The story is set in a sort of Victorian era so technology is limited. I'm trying to figure out how to make it sound a little less magical and more scientific, and also having his whole process figured out. I have also been trying to find as many examples in literature as possible just for the sake of gathering ideas.
So basically, would it be more plausible for a Victorian era scientist to create clones of his dead family members and say that he had brought them back to life in this way, or would reanimation make more sense? Even creating new life in a god-like manner has come to mind, though I'm not sure how to pull that off unless he utilizes alchemy of some kind. Does anyone know of a way this has been pulled off in past literature?