I have been pondering the question posed this morning on Geneabloggers, which was, as a genealogist, what do you want to be called? Examples suggested: amateur genealogist, professional genealogist, etc.
I hadn’t given much thought about what label I wear as I pursue my genealogy hobby. Having said that, when the subject comes up, I describe my husband and myself as “genealogists.” Since there are so many levels of knowledge in genealogical research, and always more to learn, I feel it unfair to add a qualifier.
There are times I say, with a smile, that at the very beginning of my genealogy quest I was a “baby genealogist.” When I was a baby genealogist… After fourteen years of genealogy research, having produced one monograph with another almost ready for publication, I think of myself as a “genealogist.”
But the position I hold most dear is the one bestowed upon me by family members and that is of “family historian.” I am honored to have been designated as the one who preserves our family history, photos, bibles and diaries.