[APG Public List] Re: Native American Research

LBoswell laboswell at rogers.com
Sat Feb 20 08:08:57 MST 2010

Ok, I did miss that!  I knew it couldn't be a genealogy researcher!  (if it 
was I'd like to know her or his name, maybe pick up some pointers on paying 
bills here!)


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jacqueline Wilson" <jawgen at comcast.net>
To: "LBoswell" <laboswell at rogers.com>
Cc: "Jacqueline Wilson" <jawgen at comcast.net>; <eshown at comcast.net>; 
"'apgpubliclist'" <apgpubliclist at apgen.org>
Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2010 9:53 AM
Subject: Re: [APG Public List] Re: Native American Research

> 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
> genealogist."

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