Monday, July 2, 2007

Genealogists Don't Get No Respect!

Why Genealogy Is Bunk - Smithsonian Magazine

The July 2007 issue of the Smithsonian Magazine has published an article that has created quite a stir in the genealogical community. Titled “The Family Tree, Pruned – Its lure is powerful – but genealogy is meaningless, relatively - By Richard Conniff.

Mr. Conniff’s biography states that he offers completely original presentations — explorations of human behavior that alternate between the hilarious and the insightful.

You decide if Mr. Conniff’s article is hilarious, insightful, or just plain bunk. You will have to buy the magazine or read it at your local library, though, as it is not online. When you’ve read the article, take our online poll and view the results.

You might also like to read what some online genealogy blogs think of the article:

Chris Dunham's The Genealogue

Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings "Genealogy Research is Not Bunk"

Michael John Neill's Genealogy Site - “Genealogy Is Bunk” Is Bunk

Craig Manson at GeneaBlogie - Debunking Genealogy as Bunk

As for me, I’ll go with Rodney Dangerfield by saying – “Genealogists Don't Get No Respect!”


Blogger Randy Seaver said...

Hi Maven,

I also wrote a muse stating that "Genealogy Research is Not Bunk" at

I'm not sure I refuted any of his points, but I got it off my chest!

Would you mind linking to that rather than the other one, where I almost got sued?

Thanks -- Randy

July 2, 2007 at 1:28 PM  

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