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From: "Melinde Sanborn" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Definitions - Genetic Genealogy
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2008 08:45:33 -0500
In-Reply-To: <AB865AB164ED41F4909CC345B3AA156D@JackPC>

Dear Jack,

I think it is a question of quality and quantity. If there is enough data
for a speciality and enough demand for it, it is justified. At the risk of
appearing older than dirt, my example would be anthropologists, who very
slowly divided themselves up into four specialties: cultural, physical,
linguistic, and archaeological. Recently we see other specialties, such as
forensic anthropologists, some of whom are physical anthropologists who do
identifications for the use of lawyers in courts - regardless of the
lawyers' purposes.
On another point, while many legal considerations go into my forensic work,
I am not qualified to assert before a court who is a legal heir and who is
not. While I use a considerable array of techniques to find people and
determine their kinship, lawyers make it very clear that it is within their
purview to establish what laws pertain when and where. Therefore, there is a
difference between considering things and "doing" them. It's part of the job
to be aware, but the job does not authorize the opinion of a layman. Those
of us who are both genealogists and attorneys or judges or justices (we have
had a few), have much more latitude.


-----Original Message-----
From: [mailto:] On Behalf
Of Jack Butler
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2008 8:14 AM
Subject: Re: [APG] Definitions - Genetic Genealogy

I am not sure that I see a value in creating a new definition to describe a
genealogist who simply uses a new tool/record set such as DNA/Genetics. We
do not, for example, call a genealogist who is using military records a
Military Genealogist, etc., etc.

Jack Butler

----- Original Message -----
From: "Debbie Parker Wayne" <>
To: <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2008 7:29 AM
Subject: Re: [APG] Definitions - Genetic Genealogy

> wrote on 1/7/2008 2:45 AM:
>> Carolyn, there's still not a lot of uniformity, but we call ourselvers,
>> or
>> are called, variously "DNA group administrators," "DNA project
>> coordinators,"
>> and various other combinations of similar component terms. I personally
>> prefer "DNA surname study coordinator" as being more descriptive of the
>> combination of activities Bob described so well. and the limited extent
>> to which we can
>> influence the process.
> There are many DNA projects that are not surname related so I prefer "DNA
> project coordinator" or "DNA Project Manager." What about:
> A genetic genealogist uses DNA analysis, in addition to traditional
> genealogical research techniques, to analyze kinship links. This can
> include project management, comparison of DNA results to confirm or deny
> family links and to provide clues for future research paths, and reporting
> the results in a manner understandable by a layperson.
> I think each definition should stay as close as possible to one concise
> paragraph. It should cover the basics - not every possible thing that type
> of genealogist might be involved in.
> --
> Regards, Debbie
> Debbie Parker Wayne
> Webmaster and Chapter Representative,
> Lone Star Chapter APG http://lonestarapg.com/
> .
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