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History vs. Genealogy

For anyone interested in genealogy or history, I would highly reading Elizabeth Shown Mills’ article, “Bridging the Historic Divide: Family History and ‘Academic’ History.” It is filled with beneficial data about the differences between historians and genealogists, as well as the issues we face together.
We can better these realms for our own use along with improving our image in the public eye. This snipet references Mills’ writing of James Horton…

It is clear that most citizens have an appalling ignorance . . . of the substance of American history. . . .
Horton is correct. Yet I see the issue through a different prism. The bridge that
needs building between historians and the public needs two-way traffic. Historians have much to gain from interaction with genealogical scholars. Yes, much of the public sector has an “appalling ignorance” of history. Still, outside academe, many historical researchers expertly use a wider range of primary sources than historians typically consult. Many have developed sophisticated techniques for mining and linking historical evidence, techniques not yet common in academia.

Read the article in its entirety here-
Mills, Elizabeth Shown. “Bridging the Historic Divide: Family History and ‘Academic’ History.” History and Genealogy: Why Not Both? Papers from the Midwestern Roots Conference. Indiana University Department of History. Indiana Magazine of History: Online Resources. http://www.iub.edu/~imaghist/online_content/online_June_2007.html. PDF. Elizabeth Shown Mills, Historic Pathways. http://www.HistoricPathways.com : January 14, 2015.