[APG Public List] Re: Native American Research

Jacqueline Wilson jawgen at comcast.net
Sat Feb 20 07:53:14 MST 2010


Larry:  I think you misunderstood  -  those looking for financial gain  
are the clients hoping to prove native ancestry so they can cash in on  
the casino and oil shares or get a free college education which is  
available in some states to proven Native Americans.  They get mad at  
the genealogist who can not provide them entry into this "easy" money.

all the best
~ Jackie
On Feb 20, 2010, at 8:21 AM, LBoswell wrote:

I just find it hard to accept that any astute professional,  
experienced researcher would think that there was any great financial  
gain to be made from doing genealogical research, no matter what the  
subject.  Whoever held that notion would quickly find it to be a pipe  
dream!  I'd think if that was the motivation they'd quickly move on to  
something that was more lucrative as a career!

In my view, with genealogy it seems that there are a lot of entities  
and individuals making vast amounts of money from this field (paid  
subscriptions for example), but your everyday genealogical researcher  
providing services to clients is not riding on that gravy train!

There are many genealogical investigations that require thousands of  
hours of work.

No one does this kind of research for great financial gain.  So it is  
motivated by passion for genealogy in general, and various subjects in  
turn. But it's how that passion is channelled that maybe defines the  
dividing line between amateur and professional.


: i.e., most enquirers intent
> upon proving Native American ancestry perceive a financial gain to be
> derived from it, rarely suspect the hundreds or thousands of hours  
> it might
> take to find a connection, and ultimately discover that the  
> connection is so
> far back in time that it does not qualify them for tribal  
> membership, free
> college tuition, or casino shares.
>
> But, as a personal quest, I, too, would call the effort a passion!
>
> Elizabeth


Jacqueline Wilson
jawgen at comcast.net

"Wilssearch - your service of choice for the indexing challenged  
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