Greetings readers, This is as good a place as any to say what I want to say. O yes, soapbox stance coming up. Yesterday, I received a call from distant cousin regarding some research we are working on. The call was great and I was glad to get it.
Our topic was more interesting in the fact of how some people do genealogy.
Maybe here in the USA we are way behind the times! I gather I am going to have go out on the web and see what Europeans and Middle East people put on their site.
At least I know of a lovely lady I can ask some of these questions too. In the USA we are taught not to add living people for security sake unless that family member your sharing with is discreet also. We are also taught not to add something if not proven a certain amount of ways to verify as fact.
How often do you open a web page and find data back to Abraham in American trees? Is this a normal, are they exposed to more records than we are? Is access to some of this knowledge more readily available in Europe and Asia? I realize if you read or follow the Bible that there is many lineages listed through out the text.
My mother inherited a Teaching Bible and it has Noah and his children listed in it down several generations. I actually think it is ten. I am smart enough to know that yes people in the CHURCH were allowed to marry and children were born and yes there may be a Pope or two that had children. Marriage was outlawed by the Catholic Church
(name later given to the group called the CHURCH) some time in the late 17th or 18th century. That time line not critical to comment but I am aware that in days of old, (500 years ago +) the clergy were married more often than not.
But what is the purpose of putting genealogical data back to these people on our charts? I was amazed as I was reading some of the data added by what may be a very distant relative in Europe to this distant cousins tree.
If we use the documentation theory for our research, how and where did they get documentation other than Bible and that is only one source? Does the Catholic or Russian Orthodox Church or Jewish Religion have scrolls and data hidden away that we can not see? I am sure that they must. But I suspect somewhere a scholar or two has looked at them.
I belong to a great YDNA group that is following human kind across the globe, much like the Ancient History I read of so long ago. It brings to mind the fact that we
truly are not whom we seem to be. Unless you stop your research about 500 years back.
Of course you have those working on going back to Adam and Eve and I suspect genetically this can be accomplished if we all live long enough. Dr George Schweitzer
said we implode on our past. It is normally figured if you go back ten generations you have potential duel ancestors in more than one line.
I have duel lineage only back 5 on one side and 6 I think on another. When much farther back, which I can do on a few lines you can see more same ancestors.
So for Monday Madness, well a sort of frustration, of wasting time/space taken up in a genealogical program I would hope to hear from many out in the big genealogical community on this topic. Is it fair to ask this person to not share this data, or should we accept their contributions. This is the second time I have seen this in the last year. The first time to have it indirectly affect my researching thought process.
I truly hope to hear from several of you regarding this matter because it is not my
intent to offend anyone but since we are so document orientated, this concept sorta boggles the mind. SusiCP@cox.net