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From: Bruce Evans <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] [Bulk] Re: Same-sex couple with child
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2011 09:28:12 -0500
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Well said.


On 09/01/2011 12:14 AM, wrote:
> Ian said:
> "As far as I am concerned if my dads brother was adopted he is my uncle.
> If he had children they are my cousins. If I adopt a child they are my
> child, and their children are my grandchildren.
> Ian Singer"
> Ian, no disrespect but...
> Here is the heart of the "genealogist vs. family historian" problem.
> To say that the adopted brother of your father is your uncle is, genealogically speaking, an out and out lie- period, no ifs, no and's, no but's.
> In genealogical terms your dad's adopted brother is merely your dad's adopted brother.
> If family historians want to be family historians and deal with social relationships then they need to develop their own terms and lexicon for that field and quit borrowing genealogical terms from the genealogical community which they then want to re-define as something other than what it actually is.

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