[APG Public List] GPS = Forensic Genealogy & InterpretativeGenealogy

Kate Foote kate at comm1net.net
Thu Sep 24 20:57:59 MDT 2009


Very well stated Sharon!

Kate


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sharon Sergeant" <ssergeant at usa.net>
To: <apgpubliclist at apgen.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 24, 2009 8:24 PM
Subject: [APG Public List] GPS = Forensic Genealogy & 
InterpretativeGenealogy


> Hello,
>
> The discussion of ethical and/or consequential issues in a living person 
> case
> seems to have centered on clients who may be stalkers or private 
> individuals
> who may not want to be found.
>
> The discussion morphed into a genealogical vs non-genealogical dividing 
> line
> based on a very narrow definition of "kinship" as though "real" genealogy 
> is
> limited to "who's my granny" questions.
>
> In particular, I am concerned that the idea "just because genealogists 
> have
> the skill set, doesn't mean that they should apply it" might be taken 
> entirely
> too literally.
>
> There are legitimate clients and projects that are not just concerned with
> blood and marriage relationships, but broader kinship based on the same 
> kinds
> of communities of interest that any genealogist might need to examine to 
> get
> to the blood and marriage relationships.
>
> There is also a distinction between researching a public person and a 
> private
> person.
>
> Biographers and journalists need the Genealogical Proof Standard to 
> improve
> their disciplines.
>
> At the very heart of the Genealogical Proof Standard is a merger of the
> highest standards in legal and scientific disciplines for answering the
> question "Is this the same person?"
>
> DNA evidence is still working it's way through the erroneous consequences
> created by older proof systems.
>
> The GPS has even greater potential to cause re-evaluation of flawed logic 
> and
> evidence in many disciplines.
>
> The genealogical discipline is not limited to narrow personal 
> applications.
> Evaluating people, their work and their spheres of influence is an 
> important
> aspect of any kind of research.
>
> Sharon Sergeant
>
>
>
>
>
>
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