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From: "Melissa Barker" <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] A transitional-genealogist's viewpoint onProfessionalGenealogy
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2008 18:20:57 -0600
Hello, First concerning bad doctors, I know a couple they haven't gotten
Seriously, you asked the question:
Should genealogists even *want* to organize themselves professionally with a
view (long-term) of being able to do something about the inevitable bad
The answer is a very big YES in my opinion. The controversy on this issue
is how do we go about doing this? What standards do we set? All of us have
different expertise with in the field of genealogy, how are they handled?
There are many more questions to be asked and answered.
I am not against the basic concept, just how we all get labeled and treated
in the process concerns me.
Genealogist for Tennessee and Kentucky
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To: "Melissa Barker" <>;
Sent: Saturday, February 09, 2008 4:53 PM
Subject: Re: [TGF] A transitional-genealogist's viewpoint onProfessional
> Melissa --
> Thanks for your thoughtful reply. I really don't know which side of the
> I'm on here (it's kinda prickly sitting on these pickets, though!), so it
> to hear from someone who does know. I won't go on except to clarify one
>> What could the good doctors do about the bad
>> ones, absolutely nothing.
> 200 years ago, that was true. But now doctors can do plenty about the bad
> ones -
> - kick them out if necessary -- and that's one of the things that makes
> medicine a profession: certified professionals control entry to it. (That,
> is one reason why my former occupation, journalism, is not a profession.)
> The issue here isn't whether we *could* do it or not. Obviously it's
> since other professions have done it. The question on the table (for which
> don't have an answer) is:
> Should genealogists even *want* to organize themselves professionally with
> view (long-term) of being able to do something about the inevitable bad
> Now I promise to listen and learn and reply to Dee Dee's survey!
> Harold Henderson
> Research and Writing from Northwest Indiana
> home office 219/324-2620
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