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From: Sharon Oddie Brown <>
Subject: Re: [S-I] Nepotism as a tool in some family histories
Date: Sun, 05 Feb 2012 16:35:03 -0800
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Linde, I totally agree - but thought that I had addressed that in the
first paragraph, no?

/Nepotism, particularly in business and government, is regarded as a
dodgy practice. Fair enough, but in the days before the invention and
installation of telegraph lines, it was one of the more reliable ways to
stay connected. Without the feedback loop of today's communication
networks, businessmen needed the trust of both kith and kin to grease
the wheels of commerce.//The idea, let alone the reality, of a digital
village wasn't even a twinkle in the eyes of our great-great-grandparents/

I can see that I could have framed it better in the email describing the
link. The wording came as a result of trying to please the administrator
on the JACKSON sites. It came out kind of constipated as a result. Not
that it even worked. I am in Purgatory - again. He has decided to block
me for inappropriate posts - the same posts that I later sent to other
lists with no problems, kudos even. It is quite disheartening.

By the way - is there any chance that you might be in the deeds registry
in the next bit? I have a couple of look-ups that would be great to
have. No problem if this doesn't work for you. I am hoping to squeeze in
a trip in the autumn. Maybe, maybe. I'd like to get down to Kildare.

Sharon Oddie Brown, Roberts Creek, BC, Canada. History Project:

On 05/02/2012 2:27 PM, Lunney Family wrote:
> Hello Sharon
> many thanks for all your work on our mutual and possibly unrecognized
> ancestors! always fun to check out your updates and read your blog.
> I want to point out something to you however; you use the term
> "nepotism", which for people today is definitely a pejorative term.
> For people from the north of Ireland, certainly in the 18th and 19th
> centuries, and even up to the twentieth century, there was nothing
> wrong with drawing on kinship connections to find staff or to make
> business connections, and of course we have to acknowledge that
> marriages within a kin group were perfectly acceptable and even
> preferred in some areas and some families. (mine for instance!) If
> you think about it; in a system before there was any dependence on
> examinations and qualifications, how would you decide who to employ?
> especially if you were based in Hong Kong, several months away from
> Ireland. If you picked the wrong employee, waited for him to arrive,
> tried him out for several months and then had to wait several months
> for a replacement, life was very difficult indeed. As my family used
> to say about marrying relatives, in that circumstance you knew what
> you were getting. If you opted to call for a family member, you had
> at least some hope of having a congenial companion in your exile;
> someone you could talk to about home and family in Antrim. So for
> people from Ireland, it was perfectly acceptable to use kinship
> connections to fill posts.
> I know you and most of the readers on these lists will understand
> these customs and mores; it's just the use of the word "nepotism"
> which might give the wrong impression to readers
> best wishes
> Linde Lunney
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