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From: Dee Dee King <>
Subject: Re: [APG] genealogy definitions, was going pro/help from list
Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2008 00:34:47 -0800 (PST)
Would anyone be willing to give their definition of a Forensic Genealogist?
Forgive me for being dense, but I'm not grasping the difference between this
and a genealogist. Is it the focus on living people and heir searching? Or
perhaps is related to the partnership of law and genealogy?
Christy, when requesting the list definitions privately, I'd planned to share the "findings" in some form in addition to the project in the works. But that was just because I presumed most folks didn't want to be bothered. I'd be interested in seeing the definitions on the list if anyone wants to throw 'em out there for us.
PS - I know exactly what my definition is. :-)
PPS - It just makes me chuckle that this profession is so reluctant to actually define itself and its specialties. Kinda reminds me of my late father - how many times did we hear from him, "Do as I say, not as I do".
We insist on precise citations, on high genealogical standards, the promotion of truth and trust, presentations in a clear, well organized manner, honest advertisement of services and credentials, as well as promotion of the welfare of the genealogical community. We mourn that our profession does not receive due respect from other professions. We mourn the lack of respect from the world of academics. And then we shrug and say, "We should each define our own terms for professional genealogy and what we each do."
I wonder in how many professional networking opportunities in other professions, or in that academic world, would the cocktail conversation go like this:
"What field are you in?"
"Oh, I don't know, I haven't defined it yet."
"Well, what's your job description?"
"Oh, my profession just leaves that up to each of us to decide."
Just a little tongue in cheek verbal "cartoon". But seriously, shouldn't we be just as insistent on precision, standards, truth and trust, clear presentations, and honesty about what the heck our profession is and what we do?
Dee Dee King, Certified Genealogist
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Friendswood TX 77546
Member Association of Professional Genealogists,
Event Coordinator of the Lone Star Chapter.
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