[APG Public List] celebrity connections to royalty orfamous historical people

Kate Foote kate at comm1net.net
Fri Jun 25 23:08:03 MDT 2010


Your words are very insightful and poignant. Another excellent reason for the importance of genealogy. Thank you.


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Elissa Scalise Powell, CG 
  To: 'Joan Fraser' ; apgpubliclist at apgen.org 
  Sent: Friday, June 25, 2010 11:58 PM
  Subject: Re: [APG Public List] celebrity connections to royalty orfamous historical people

  I find that in our mobile society that people still want to feel grounded with their roots. This is not a cliché but a reality. Humans do better when they feel connected to things bigger than themselves. Family history, ancestry, heritage, ethnic pride, whatever you want to call it gives us a sense of place and being - a sense of ourselves. This is even more important for at-risk populations (poor, imprisoned, underprivileged) and the disconnected and estranged. They may have a sense of rootlessness or unimportance. Tying ourselves to those who have gone before and understanding their struggles and triumphs gives hope that we too can make it through our lives' trials and tribulations.


  It is a sacred honor to help someone find their roots - and find themselves in the process.


  Good luck with the interview.


  -- Elissa in Pittsburgh


  Elissa Scalise Powell, CG


  CG and Certified Genealogist are Service Marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluations by the Board. 


  FromOn Behalf Of Joan Fraser
  Sent: Friday, June 25, 2010 2:17 PM

  I have been asked to speak briefly with a radio host on Monday morning and would like to provide a broader opinion than my own on the following topic specifically at what point in going back do these connections lose any real meaning for us or our clients:

  "we want to know how anyone finds connections that old [e.g. to nobility or to royalty -their example is Count Vlad]- we're so often hearing that some celebrity is related to another or something like that. We'd want to talk about the field of genealogy and how these connections are found. When does family connection lose meaning in your opinion? Just because they shared a relative 400 years ago, does that matter to people you've worked with? In your experience can we all find someone famous in our family tree if we look far enough back/ are we all related in some way if you go far enough back?"


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