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Why “Breeding Tells”?

A second post today, because I’ve received some feedback on my business name and I would like to explain myself.

My original business name was History Science Theater, and that’s actually still the “official” name (i.e. the one under which my DBA is confirmed, and for which my business license was approved).  That name comes from my lifelong love of learning, especially science and (gee) history.  It’s also a play on words from the hit show Mystery Science Theater 3K.  I’ve always considered genealogy to represent a mixture of historical research and the Scientific Method.  Given some data, form a hypothesis and then test it until you determine that it is either accurate, or inaccurate.

But “Breeding Tells” is much closer to my actual business focus, because I specialize in colonial records, and let’s face it, colonial people were classist snobs.  They either owned land or they didn’t – and if they didn’t, there probably isn’t much genealogical data available.  They married within their social circles – usually the people whose land adjoined were the likeliest “happy couples”.  They owned slaves (ugh; sad but true) and they considered themselves to be above the “others” in their world.

So why would I want to further this snobbery?  Because, it’s another play on words.  “Breeding Tells” refers to the fact that the way you were brought up can or will show in your actions and choices throughout your life.  It’s an old proverb, sort of like “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”  But “breeding” also implies a pedigree (think race horses).  And genealogy is a way to “tell” someone’s breeding, too.  So my slogan is “Breeding Tells: What Will Yours Tell You?” In other words, if you let me research your family history, can you imagine all of the amazing and wonderful information that I might find?  Are you eligible for a lineage society?  Are you related to the founders of our nation?  A president, a general, or even an English royal?  Or are you simply one of the nobly persistent and hardy folk who helped build this country?

The fact is, every single person in this great nation of ours whose family can be traced to the colonial era has forebears who were genuinely essential to the formation of the United States of America.  It doesn’t matter if they were slaves or landowners, of noble stock or indentured servants – EVERYONE who lived on this continent during the colonial era (and who had descendants) is a founding father or mother.  And so I repeat:  What will your breeding tell YOU?

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