[APG Public List] Who Are We, Really?
Carolyn Earle Billingsley
cebillingsley at earthlink.net
Sun Oct 4 20:40:57 MDT 2009
I'm coming into this conversation late as I was in the Black Hills of SD
for 8 days with little or no internet connectivity .
However, I do wish to point out that I did write an entire book, based
on anthropological kinship theory and its application to genealogy. And
it wasn't about natives in Bora Bora! It provides a theoretical base for
genealogical research--on any level. I don't know whether y'all are not
aware of this work or simply don't find it helpful. As I point out in my
book, genealogy is a sister to, and incorporates much of, both history
and anthropology, among other disciplines. [_Communities of Kinship,_
University of Georgia Press, 2004]
As to your second point below, that's why national conferences have
lectures and tracks on so many levels. First we have to educate the
beginners and early intermediates--and THEN hope they'll more up to the
more difficult track.
But we also have to remember that there are many "hobbyist genealogists"
who simply want to do their research for fun and despite our constant
harping on the "right" way to do it and the GPS, they're simply not
interested. They're happy with what they're doing. All they want is a
class in doing Irish Research, for example, and none of that dad-gummed
theory stuff! That doesn't make me any happier than it makes y'all, but
it's the truth.
Carolyn Earle Billingsley, Ph.D.
APG member, Lone Star Chapter
Barbara Mathews wrote:
> I sometimes think that it's not the History Departments we should be trying
> to engage at the college level, but the Anthropology Departments as domestic
> (i.e., home-based) anthropologists. We could all go for Ph.D.'s in kinship
> determination if only we were doing it in Bora Bora.
> But, look (and here is where I will really be a lightening rod), where are
> we as a "profession" if the Genealogical Proof Standard isn't even widely
> accepted or even known? That underlying common stringent methodology for
> evaluation and thesis-testing is missing from the repertoire of many
> conference attendees. That is why our national conferences look and feel so
> Yours, Barbara Mathews
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