The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1329  Monday, 21 June 2004

From:           Bill Arnold <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 18 Jun 2004 07:00:52 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 15.1315 Representing Incest
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1315 Representing Incest

Gabriel Egan writes, "Bill Arnold's kindly forwards...."

OK: you got the first part right.

OK: what you initially requested seemed to suggest you were looking for
the traditional pictorial *family tree* depiction, with the trunk being
the root family name; the branches, and the fruit, the latter
generations.  You have now seen that to its fullest.

OK: there are *other* depictions, so go to:


OK: two other main depictions are descendancy charts, tracing from
ancestors to descendants, and ancestry charts, tracing from descendants
back to ancestors.  They have fancy names I won't bore you with.

OK: as to blowing your own horn, Gabriel, you seem pretty good at it,
but you do produce a few sour notes.  One sour note is that you bite
hands that feed you.  Another is, that you do not seem to accept the
goals of scholarship which is to get at the *Truth* for its facts and
certainty.  As a scholar I gave you the *Truth* as I discovered it, even
knowing I would endure your wrath and horn blowing!  But I am a scholar,
and I proved it.

OK: Genealogy has more than one way to depict incestuous relationships
and my cousin was gracious enough to offer you his professional opinion
[a word you overlook!] of what is *his* preferred way.  You will not
that he made plain that a solid line depicts descendants as I said, and
his preference is for a dotted line for "incestuous" descendants.
Others have other ways.  Genealogists have preferences as do other
scholars when there are choices to be made as to how one does things in
depiction.  Some of the other charting methods do not use lines at all
whereas the information is merely blocked as factual data, as to child,
parents, grandparents, greatgrandparents, etc., as far as the data
exists, with birthdates, places of birth, and often includes death
records as well; and as said, the data can go in both directions.

OK: Gabriel: go blow your horn at rootsweb!

Bill Arnold

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