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Subject: Re: [APG] Genealogy Straw man - academic discipline
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2007 23:08:59 -0600
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Debra wrote:
>I am just finishing up an MA in History at the University of Utah and will
begin working on a PH.D. this fall.

Debra, what splendid news this is! You are a superb genealogist. With an MA
and PhD in history you will make just the kind of bridge we need between the

We *are* making progress in the direction to which Sharon points. In the
"old days" when academic programs required a concentration of individuals at
a specific institution, the odds of finding numerous Ph.D.s with sound
genealogical skills in a single geographic area were small. Today, as degree
programs move online, we have more options for creating an interdisciplinary
program with family history at its core.

As just a sampling, the first half dozen who come to mind for me are these:

- Carolyn Earle Billingsley, PhD History from Rice University and faculty
member at Samford IGHR, specialist in Southern families and kinship theory

- Dr. Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL, PhD Education, professor at Gallaudet,
specialist in Southern, New England, Midwest, and Ireland, and coeditor,

- Dr. Carolyn Ybarra, PhD Anthropology from Stanford, specialist in Jewish
research, migration, and land records

- Dr. Alice Eichholz, CG, PhD History, who has long directed
distance-learning and online grad programs for Vermont College and Norwich

- Dr. Virginia DeMarce, PhD History from Berkeley, specialist in tri-racial
families of the lower and upper South, past NGS president

- Dr. Dorothy A. Boyd-Rush, PhD History, retired Dean of Graduate School,
James Madison University, specialist in Virginia and Colonial America

Who, with a terminal degree in related fields, am I omitting?


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