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Subject: Re: [TGF] Another certification question
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2008 17:54:02 +0000
Elizabeth Shown Mills wrote:
> My apologies for responding so tardily. I was off lecturing with no time to
> answer e-mail.
Goodness, Elizabeth, no apology needed! You are so generous with your time, and I appreciate your patience with me and my questions.
> *Quality* is far more important than quantity. Your statement "I would like
> to write a narrative genealogy, but am concerned that a *full report* on all
> three generations [etc.] .... " hints at a possible misunderstanding.
> Whether you submit a narrative genealogy, narrative pedigree, or narrative
> lineage, it is not a "report" in the sense that some individuals use this
> term today for "genealogical compilations."
What I meant by "full report" was a full reconstruction of each life. I should have chosen more precise words.
> Insofar as your concern about modeling your work after a "Pioneer Sketch"
> when your family "is not a pioneer family," let's drill down to the
> important issue here.
> 1. Does a family's "pioneer status" really make a difference?
I didn't think so, but I thought that there must be a reason why the BCG chose to label that option as "Pioneer Sketch" on their website. ;-)
It seems that if I choose to write about this particular large family, the advice boils down to a recommendation that I choose either a narrative lineage or a nuclear family sketch (which is not limited to a pioneer family).
Thank you to everyone for your replies on- and off-list.