Wednesday, July 11, 2007


GENUKI: Newbies Guide by Roy Stockdill: "who posted this guide in several parts to the WEST-RIDING Internet genealogy list in July and August 2000 in the hope that it would not only help newcomers to genealogy and family history to become more experienced in research techniques, but also to answer some of those questions that seem to get constantly asked in online genealogy mailing lists. Though intended principally for researchers with ancestors in the historic West Riding of Yorkshire, he hopes some parts of it, at least, may prove of use to a wider audience."

Getting Started in Genealogy and Family History: "Genealogy is the study of the descents of families and persons from an ancestor or ancestors. This study is undertaken by many people out of interest in their personal and family origins. As a hobby it can become pleasantly addictive, at least to the person concerned. However the study is also undertaken professionally, not just in order to provide a commercial service that can be used by people who are seeking help in researching their origins, but also for very serious legal and financial reasons. Thus there are accepted standards for doing genealogy 'properly' - standards that we recommend you seek to learn and emulate.

The term Family History used to be regarded as synonymous with Genealogy, but now it applies to biographical research into one's ancestors - the aim typically being to produce a well-documented narrative history, of interest to family members and perhaps future generations. Thus the study of family history involves putting flesh on the skeleton that is produced by genealogy - and involves the study of the historical circumstances and geographical situation in which ancestors lived. (The resulting ability to associate historical events with particular generations or individuals of your family can help history come really alive for you.)"

I am always telling people to read those pages but nevr thought of blogging them


Blogger lwlehmer said...

Thank you, Hugh, for making the distinction between genealogy and family history. As a family historian I often find myself explaining the difference myself. -- Larry Lehmer,

5:25 pm  
Blogger Hugh W said...

I take imy own researches further into social and local history and include important friends of my mother's and neighbours in my files

5:36 pm  

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