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Representing Incest
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1285  Wednesday, 16 June 2004

From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Tuesday, 15 Jun 2004 17:30:42 +0100
Subject: 15.1273 Hamlet's Ghost (but really 'Representing Incest')
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1273 Hamlet's Ghost (but really 'Representing Incest')

Bill Arnold corrects me by describing how to represent mother-son incest
in a family tree.  The method, he insists, is to give the incestuous
parent two distinction entries in the table: one as mother and the other
as mate.

While I appreciate Arnold's efforts on my behalf, I remain in polite
disagreement with his claim that this method is 'established'. Indeed,
such duplication is explicitly deprecated in the guides to genealogy
that I've consulted.

I'd come up with Arnold's method as a possible solution myself, and
dismissed it because it required doing what is deprecated by the
specialists I'd consulted.  Would he care to convince me by pointing to
a published example using what he claims is this 'established' method?
I'm eager to be convinced.

David Cohen supplies the same solution as Arnold ("simply double the
father") and says it was suggested by his colleague John Loehlin. To be
clear: I don't doubt it's a solution, but want to become convinced it's
the 'established genealogical way' of doing things. All comments towards
that end gratefully
received.

Gabriel Egan

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