Researching the F.A.N Club

Started by Ailene Nechelle House on Saturday, February 15, 2014
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2/15/2014 at 8:56 AM

At some point in genealogical research one comes to the point where you hit the proverbial brick wall.

At that point, researcher needs to look towards the ancestor's F.A.N Club -- Family, Associates, and Neighbors.
--- consider how ancestor's families interacted with Friends, Associates and Neighbors in family, social and economic relationships.

Helpful Links ---

The Historical Biographer’s Guide to Cluster Research (the FAN Principle)

2/15/2014 at 9:13 AM

Thank you so much for these links. I had heard about the FAN method but seeing it laid out as in these blogs is very helpful.

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2/17/2014 at 10:19 PM

Very helpful thanks..

2/18/2014 at 12:50 AM


2/18/2014 at 11:32 AM

Thank you.

7/1/2014 at 7:37 AM

About Genealogy ---

Conducting genealogical research requires an open mind and the ability to accept connections beyond familiar surnames. This is increasingly important with the increase popularity regarding the use of DNA testing in genealogy. Conducting genealogical research requires willingness to step out of comfort new discoveries.

Genealogy provides support that family connections are not about an individual's finite microcosm. Gestalt

This is really important when considering the increase mobility of populace and the rise of social media, which by the way, provides only an illusion of connectivity. An argument may be made that social actually encourages social isolation by encouraging individuals to not go beyond their own microcosm. Irony.

Genealogists are like a 'pebble-in-a-pond' the individual efforts collectively create ripples of hope and vision.


Joel 2:28 --- "And it shall come to pass...your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:

7/2/2014 at 4:03 PM

Thank you !

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