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Mr. MacFarland: Might not education do more good than insults?
Posted by: April King (ID *****9251) Date: August 25, 2012 at 20:52:55
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Hello Mac...
it has been quite some time since I felt the sharp point of your pen in a public forum accusation which was, in fact, not true.

Remember? Whether you do or not I most certainly do, and I became quite leery then of anyone claiming to be an expert while slinging insults. In fact I gave up completely on my McFarland genealogy for a very long time.

Now why would I have done that, you might ask? Well, you see, at that time (you'd been researching for, let's see, 25 years was it?) your information, and specifically the information you had shared with my father quite some time before that, was just not agreeing with other information I was finding.

No, not random tidbits snapped up while surfing the net. But VR from Maine & New Brunswick, family histories, even, gasp, McFarland researchers who had seen your early typscript that you'd donated to a library or libraries in Maine, and did not agree with all of your conclusions; even, gasp again, a large amount of information (and not just dry numbers, but family history) from someone living right there on Grand Manan... think of that!

My point (forgive if it's been too sharp) is to remind you that you have not always been such an "expert" on our shared family. You, too, have made mistakes, and I dare say, since you are not God (ie- perfect), that you still make mistakes. We, all of us, are standing on the shoulders of giants when it comes to genealogy (and most other things). It may look way high up here but if we take away all that info someone else has shared, written about, cared for in public records... well, we are much, much closer to the ground.

So now to my subject line about education rather than insults.

Maybe it's time to spend less time sharing vitriol with the rest of us "idiots" and getting down to being an actual expert. Here's a challenge: write a book, not just any book, but a truly informative, as perfect as possible, McFarland genealogy; or become a consultant to in order to bring that site up to your standards of 'none lazy genealogy'. Or even, EVEN spend your time kindly helping others by gently correcting their errors when you find them on-line.

Well, I've certainly gone on about long enough, but before I end I would like to mention one last thing. Most of our ancestors are dead, and very patient, I suspect that they may even laugh, if you will, at our silly efforts at finding them, all of them... The truth outs in the end, but almost never, about anything, without a goodly number of false starts, missteps, back steps and failures. Let's all lighten up, shall we? It's a hobby (well maybe obsessive/hobby but still a hobby): enjoy, share, play nice!

-- April King

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