Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Kickin' it with Stewart Baldwin and Discodeine

"One final point: Reconstructing medieval family groups from scratch using primary records might seem like reinventing the wheel to some, but in addition to helping prevent errors (and identifying places where additional documentation is needed), it can also be an important learning experience. Any project director wants to pass judgement on the work of others ought to demonstrate first that they are capable of doing such research themselves."
--- Stewart Baldwin, 1 July 2016 "Re: Amateurs & "Professionals" In Genealogy" via soc.genealogy.medieval.

At some point, all of us are going to have to figure out Quaker dates (and their records) and the Draper collection. Those two merged with typically problematic Colonial American genealogy in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and the area that would eventually become states like Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee, and you have yourself a learning opportunity. Even if you do not have ancestors that were Quakers or in these regions, you should study it because will be aware of the nuances duplicated other areas.

Dr. Stewart Baldwin authored the study, "The Family of Edward1 Morgan of Pennsylvania: Daniel Boone's Maternal Kin," which began in the Spring 2001 issue of The Genealogist and carried on until the Fall 2002 issue. Boone lineages have been problematic for years and he focuses on the maternal ancestry. One by one, he states what the lineage issue was and then the research performed to either corroborate or negate the hypothesis. Many problems are resolved in this study, but most interesting is his dissection and analysis of the Draper Collection and then how it is applied to the ancestry.

The dissection and analysis of a theory, hypothesis or claim is why I really like the quote from the Medieval Genealogy list serve by Dr. Baldwin. Colonial and Frontier American genealogy may be hard, but what about Medieval? What he suggests about Medieval genealogy can be done to other regions, time periods and cultures -- and the biggest hang-up will be the language (and we have translators and Google translate for that).

Discodeine is the appropriate music for the occasion because it is like a background hum you did not realize was there.

Dr. Stewart Baldwin, "The Family of Edward1 Morgan of Pennsylvania: Daniel Boone's Maternal Kin," The Genealogist, 15.1-16.2, available to purchase at the website.

Dr. Stewart Baldwin's website on the Morgan family.

Discodeine's self titled album.