Historian vs. Genealogist

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This is a short blog this morning.

Why choose one over the other? What does each offer? What is best for the research I am after? Perhaps I should use both, but who can afford that?

Why choose one over the other?
This depends on the next two Questions. What do they offer and what are you looking for?

Historian:
  a student or writer of history;

Genealogist:
:  a person who traces or studies the descent of persons or families

Now a Family Historian could give you the history of your family, the stories and the history behind your family.

A Genealogist could give you the names and dates , the facts and figures and places.

However, they can work together, gathering their research and that brings us to the last question – Perhaps both are the best way to go.

What are you after, who are you searching, why are you searching for that information? These are questions you need to ask and answer before you choose one or the other, or both. Get detailed in your answers.This will help you make the best choice.

Because, the next question you ask, is how much can I afford to spend on either one, or on both. Should you use a Genealogist first to get as much info as you can, then use an historian to get the stories behind that information? This will put your cost out over time. Maybe you need it soon and so you hire both, but give them specific search guidelines.

A Little Gem for you:
Remember to start with what you know. Write it out. Ask yourself questions about the person or event or ??? whatever it is you want researched. See what you can find out yourself about it. Ask yourself questions again to make sure you know what you are after and when you think you have gotten as far as you can get, then find a Family Historian and a Genealogist and give them the info you are seeking for and ask them what they can do for you to help you get your answers.

Hope this helps you out. I know it is some general information, but it should help you to find a path that will help guide you on your journey.Home

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