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18 September 2018

The Apple Tree Parable

A neighbor's apple tree
A neighbor's tree inspired Stewart Traiman's thoughts about our assumptions

CGS Board Member Stewart Blandòn Traiman has recently launched his blog, Speaker for the Dead. Check out his post "The Apple Tree: A Genealogy Parable," which illustrates the value of challenging our first assumptions and taking a closer look at evidence.

There may be another parable implicit in the image of the grafted tree. Traiman is interested in the many ways families are constructed beyond the standard mother-father-biological child paradigm. In June, he taught a class on LGBTQ genealogy. His next course, "Excel for Genealogists," will be offered in December.

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