07 June 2013

Are you a Genealogist, a Family Historian or What?

A recent post by James Tanner (Genealogy’s Star) was titled Is genealogy now politically incorrect? One comment to the original post directs readers to a proposal at Wikipedia to merge the genealogy and family history pages.  There were also several response blog posts written, one of which is  Genealogists are not being pushed out, Reinforcements arebeing invited in (by A Patient Genealogist).  As always, don't just read the main blog post.  Do read the comments!

This really hit home with me.  As someone who writes blog posts for NGS and who wants to be “inclusive” to all researchers, I struggle with this as I write my blog posts. If I just use the term genealogy is that viewed as "too narrow?" If I use the term family history are those who identify with genealogy “turned off?” Yet, can one really keep saying genealogy and family history or genealogists and family historians throughout a written piece? Too much of a mouth full ...

Is this a tempest in a teapot?  Are the two terms truly distinct? Is the term genealogy now not PC? Is the use of the term family history preferable? If they are distinct, how are they distinct?  Should “another” term be used?

Do I need to use “both” terms to ensure “all” readers will read a post? What is a blogger to do?

What are your thoughts?

Editor’s Note: this is not a “new” topic of discussion.  As is the case with genealogists and family historians, we often “revisit” things ...

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