Of Academic Genealogies

Yesterday, in a post on this blog, I wrote about the most familiar kinds of¬†genealogies, the familial, and the quest to uncover their details. Today, I want to make note of another kind of genealogy that sometimes obsesses folks like me: our academic ones. Some thirteen odd years ago, shortly after I had finished myContinue reading “Of Academic Genealogies”

The Genealogy of Moi

In reviewing Francois Weil‘s Family Trees: A History of Geneaology in America¬†(‘In Quest of Blood Lines‘, New York Review of Books, 23 May 2013) Gordon S. Wood, after tracking an older American obsession with family lineage, possibly noble birth and associated family fortune, notes an interesting statistic: By 2005, a poll found that 73 percentContinue reading “The Genealogy of Moi”