[APG Public List] Genealogical vs. Non-Genealogical
Kathy Gunter Sullivan
sully1 at carolina.rr.com
Wed Sep 23 08:12:16 MDT 2009
In case some folks are interested in a summary of responses to the
question posed, 19 September 2009.
The question: " If a potential client wants to locate an old buddy or a
former girlfriend or neighbor (**kinship not involved**), would you
consider **that search to be what a professional genealogist does?** I
have my own opinion, but want to hear your consensus."
There were many useful comments focused on background issues that might
arise in connection with such a search, but did not weigh in on the
Responses to the specific question:
1) Not this one.
2) I wouldn't.
3) I wouldn't consider a "missing persons" case to be what a
professional genealogist does.
4) Clearly finding someone without regard to their relationship is not
core to what a professional genealogist does.
5) While we may have the skill sets I don't see it as a genealogy issue.
6) Searching for people in general, with no information regarding the
relationship (kinship) is not valid genealogically.
7) I really think my role is to search for ancestors.
My own opinion is that while a professional genealogist probably has the
skill sets to conduct a search for an individual *unrelated* to the
client, I would not consider the service to be genealogical in nature
because of the lack of *kinship.*
Thanks to everyone for an enlightening discussion overall.
Charlotte, North Carolina
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