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From: "Randy Seaver" <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] "Genealogy in the Info Age" NGSQ Article
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2008 08:53:38 -0800
Thank you for the link to your priceless article in NGSQ. I missed it when
first published (I didn't join NGS until 2005) - no excuses, since I've been
reading NGSQ on the shelves for years. This points out one of my major
problems - I can't recall what I've read and can't find articles without a
search engine (I do appreciate Ancestry.com's Learning Center!). We really
need a "master list" of periodical and journal article titles more
accessible online than PERSI.
This article should be must reading for every genealogy researcher - we need
to know our history so that we don't make the same mistakes in whatever we
do - our own research, writing and publishing, doing client research and in
Even though it was written in 2003, I found it interesting that there was
scarce mention of the use of the Internet to socially network with other
researchers, bring self-publishing to anybody with a keyboard, and open
access to original source material to everybody online with a checkbook.
The times have changed, haven't they?
Many of us self-identify ourselves as "Family Historians;" this article
suggests "Generational Historians" would be a better definition and makes
an excellent case for the designation. Is that in Carolyn's definition list
yet? If not, why not?
If you haven't read Elizabeth's article - please do!
Cheers -- Randy Seaver (blogging daily at http://randysmusings.blogspot.com)
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2008 9:54 PM
> You have nicely summarized the history of American genealogy, which some
> the list might not be familiar with. May I add that, if any are interested
> in pursuing the past vs. present vs. future of genealogy a bit further,
> might be interested in the NGSQ paper, "Genealogy in the Information Age:
> History's New Frontier?" posted at
> . This originated as NGS's centennial address, but grew before NGSQ
> published it.
> Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG
> Advanced Research Methodology & Evidence Analysis
> Samford University Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research
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