Re: If this is genealogy on this list, I want nothing more to do withit . . .
- From: "Dora Smith" <tiggernut24@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 16:32:16 -0500
Anita, this list is crosslinked with a Usenet list. This means it is possessed by trolls who haunt usenet. Usually far more flaming and silliness goes on here than intelligent answers, but one can on occasion extract actual answers to a question.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Anita JACOBSON" <amjacobson52@xxxxxxx>
To: "gen-medieval@ rootsweb.com" <gen-medieval@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, September 24, 2009 4:20 PM
Subject: If this is genealogy on this list, I want nothing more to do withit .. . .
Genealogy, for me, is a way (one of many) of understanding one's place in history through a studious examination of the information available. When I spend a few days doing research for someone, and can introduce them to their great-great-grandparents and the little shtiebel in Russia they came from, that is immensely rewarding. If someone has a reasonably likely line to medieval genealogy, that is always fun to share with them, but it means NOTHING at all, except that if you don't descend from a noble line, in England (for example) you're not going to be able to drill much further back than Henry VIII's sacking of the monasteries. There is no more virtue inherent upon anyone from having royal antecedents than having peasant antecedents. The drivel I've seen lately about legitimate descent makes me roll my eyes -- are any of us gearing up to claim some long lost dukedom? Also, the inability to distinquish between scientific DNA research and the much more fallible aproac!
h of parsing incomplete documentaton shows a smallness of mind that I have trouble understanding.
The petty and ridiculous and off-topic squabbling that I've seen lately isn't worth the time it takes to delete the posts, so I'm bowing out of this ridiculous email list, which has given me one really good resource, Leo's site, but nothing else. Certainly nothing approaching a scholarly approach to medieval genealogy, and nothing approaching a fun approach to genealogy in general. I'll turn my back on this list and continue to really enjoy the hours I spend researching, an enjoyment I don't feel when reading the drivel that pretends to be discussion on this list.
Anita Townsend Jacobson
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