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From: "LBoswell" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Genealogical Education
Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 10:57:27 -0400
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The idea that historians treat genealogy with little respect is an old,
tired line. The progress that genealogy as a field has made in the area of
evidence gathering and analysis hasn't gone unnoticed. Was just reading
about one historian who has his class undertake family history research as
part of an introductory class in Asian history partly because of the lack of
records in that subject area. Having students employ a genealogical approach
opens up understanding of how to use a wider range of records than have
generally been used in the past.
"We don't get no respect...." ...it's time to ditch that kind of
self-conscious, demeaning view of ourselves. At best it makes us look as
though we don't have any confidence in the legitimacy of this field
> That's exactly the point I was trying to make, because it seems the only
> thing we ever hear on this list is that genealogists get no respect from
> historians or other academics.
> Kathleen Lenerz, Ph.D.
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