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From: "Allison Ryall" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Independent scholars
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2005 15:14:42 -0400
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Elizabeth Whitaker wrote:
"Without the experience of doing genealogy, I would never have become
interested in U.S. history. Before genealogy, U.S. history was _really_
boring. With genealogy, U.S. history became "What were my people doing?"
Amen - Elizabeth! This is so true, at least for me. Genealogy has made
history in general (not only U.S. history) so interesting to me that I also
have returned to college. I have approximately one more year to go with my
undergraduate work at which point I will then have two bachelor degrees -
one in History and the other in Russian Studies. I plan on continuing all
the way to my Ph.D. probably with a focus on European or Russian History.
In fact, I am really excited because I will be studying in Russia for a
portion of next year.
It is hard to believe that all of this started out of my passion to solve
the mystery of my Russian Immigrant ancestors as well as my ancestors in
My thesis topic at both the Masters and Ph.D. level will be genealogy
related as well. In fact every history paper I have written during my
undergraduate work has been based on genealogical research. Most recently,
I completed a paper on the women involved in the anti-suffrage movement in
Portland, Maine 1913-1920.
Anyways, I just wanted to share my two cents!
Allison L. Ryall