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Genealogy vs Family History

Genealogy vs. Family History

Schelly Talalay Dardashti blogged recently about a debate sparked by an article in the Lebanon Daily News. James M. Beidler's "philosophical question about whether we should call ourselves genealogists or family historians" elicited responses from adoptees to whom the distinction really does make a difference.
Mary Eleanor Urso of Florham Park, N.J., wrote that her birth record is in Louisiana — “a state that will never open birth records to adoptees.”

“I have been restricted to the genealogy of my adoptive parents,” Urso wrote. “When I get to my generation, I put ‘adopted’ by my name and by the name of my three adopted siblings and my parents’ branch of the family tree stops there. ‘Family history’ and genealogy are not and will never be one and the same. It’s as simple as that.”

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