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From: Sheri Fenley <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] family vs. geography
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2009 08:01:34 -0700
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This topic has made me finally realize what is wrong with our local
genealogy society. It seems like all I ever hear is members lamenting that
they don't have any ancestors from San Joaquin County. They are so focused
on their own ancestors they are forgetting why they became a member in the
first place - their love of genealogy. Member participation is at an all
time low. Perhaps a reminder that our society is not only for them but for
others who DO have ancestors from this county and need our assistance in
researching them.

Thank you Janis and everyone for the (unintentional) kick in the pants.

Sheri Fenley
Stockton, California

On Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 3:36 AM, Marian Pierre-Louis <
> wrote:

> Janis and everyone -
> When I first got involved with genealogy seriously I imagined that I would
> become a specialist in the geographic area of my family ancestry - New
> York,
> Pennsylvania, Rhode Island. When I decided to become a professional
> genealogist and take on clients I started diving into my local repositories
> and resources as a way to hone my skills. I soon realized that
> specializing
> in the geographic areas of my ancestors wasn't going to work. I knew I
> wouldn't be able to get to New York and Pennsylvania in a timely or
> efficient manner to get my hands on all the undigitized or unpublished
> materials that would allow me to demonstrate my professionalism. As a
> result I have become a specialist in a region I never expected -
> Massachusetts. I laugh (sometimes cry) when I think how much time I spend
> on Southern New England research and completely neglect my own family
> research. I have embraced Massachusetts genealogy and history and through
> interaction with other local researchers (mostly APG members) I am learning
> to be an expert in my niche. When the time comes for me to get back to my
> family genealogy I know I will be a better researcher for the skills that I
> have acquired.
> So Janis I would say - embrace the SC research. You will find it rewarding
> becoming an expert in your local region.
> Marian Pierre-Louis
> Fieldstone Historic Research
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