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From: Jeanette Daniels <>
Subject: Re: [TGF] To codify or not to codify
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 18:26:33 -0800 (PST)
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Well said!  Thank you very much.


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Subject: Re: [TGF] To codify or not to codify

Jeanette wrote:

>You are right!  However, I think of the GPS as more than just the BCG
standard for its testing. 

And you are right. It is more than just BCG's testing principles. My
questions back to you were based on the apparent linkage of the flawed
report to a credential that includes GPS testing.

>I get that sense from several on this list that don't have a CG that they
are trying to use the standard and trying to understand it as they use it in
their research. 

Commendably so. The real problem, of course, is that helping others overcome
their blind spots is an endless process. Teaching genealogical principles to
the extent that the public needs them is an almost overwhelming challenge.
Ensuring that terms and concepts fundamental to the practice of our field
are used correctly by everybody is impossible--whether we're talking about
the GPS, or "primary information vs. secondary information" or the old
"primary sources vs. secondary sources" or the differences between a
pedigree and a genealogy, or the reason why a "marriage certificate" is
different from an entry in a marriage register. There are probably more
people who use any of those concepts wrongly in genealogy than those who use
them correctly. Meeting the educational needs of all who come into the field
is, absolutely, a challenge. You're trying to do that at HGC. We all try to
do that here on the list. and I suspect many of us feel we are fighting the
proverbial losing battle!

Trying to maintain quality in the work that professional genealogists do is
just as big a challenge. You've often raised that subject here on TGF or the
old APG list. That, too, was an impetus behind the creation of the BCG
Genealogical Standards Manual. It was the impetus behind the creation of
both the CG and AG programs, as well as APG. But despite everything done by
all our colleagues on this list and elsewhere, we'll never reach a utopia in
which we don't have people who just don't know what they just don't know.


Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG

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