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Re: Too many questions!
In Response To: Too many questions! ()

Hi fellow researchers. I have something that bothers me that maybe some of you can help me understand? Why are Negro/Black/Afri Amer researchers questioned about their genealogy research they do even when they present their source or sources & other facts of their work? And when so called ( out of state ) scholars put together a book or pamplet on for example Negros/Blacks/Afri Amer people in Louisiana, our own people as well as the rest of the country take what they do as fact? Why do we fell we need someone else to tell our stories? Why do we doubt our own researchers who were born & raised in their areas that they no not what they research? I guest I have too many questions? Ricky Murray of Lafayette, La.

Hello Ricky,

Nope, I don't think you ask too many questions.

My experience has been one of "been there, done that". When I first started sharing my research many folks, especially those from the larger community, would question and doubt my findings. It make me feel somewhat paranoid and I asked some of the same questions you are asking.

Out of that experience I learned to be a stickler for citing the sources of my findings. Finding multiple documents to prove the people were who I said they were, when they were where I said they were and how they linked into my research of family and community genealogy/history. I believe that experience (the doubting) has made me a much better researcher.

So, put your stuff out there with it's background and supporting documentation. Your work is like your word, the more solid your work the more accepted it is and when it will stand on it's own merits then no one else can tell YOUR story better than you.

Art Thomas

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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