Sunday, November 1, 2015

Kickin' it with the Elements of Genealogical Analysis and Shoshin

What if there was more than one way to analyze evidence? What if you applied beginner’s mind to research theories? Preconceptions of doing something a certain way are let go and openness to how one presents a way of approaching research? If you are willing to do this, Anderson's Elements of Genealogical Analysis is for you. How exciting that we get to see inside the mindset of one of the foremost genealogical thinkers of our time?

The hot or cold reception of this book by the genealogical community when this book was released made me uneasy. David L. Greene’s review of this publication and Mastering Genealogical Proof provided the back-story and a new view. Personally, I like both books because they widened how I approach research, analysis and correlation.

When we decide that there is only one correct way and one set of standard(s), we box ourselves in and will not see the other opportunities and variations to approach genealogical subjects. I like how Jones approaches genealogy; I like how Anderson approaches genealogy; I like how Mills approaches genealogy; I like how Rose approaches genealogy. All bring a different perspective and voice and those different perspectives make up the kaleidoscope of American Genealogical Research and Theory that is a growing organism still being shaped.  

So clear your mind of what you have been told is the way to do genealogy and apply Shoshin, read Elements of Genealogical Analysis and consider how it can be applied to the landscape of your genealogical mindset., I suggest Grazeland or Flying Fortress

TAG 87.1 Greene review