- (Coffee club genealogists CCG's).Those retired people who join groups for the coffee, chat and listening to interesting speakers.
- (Take Out genealogists TOG's). Those who get their information largely from the internet and have vast databases of people they don't know.
- (Detective Superintendent genealogists DSG's). Those who spend years, time and money checking every fact, these people enjoy the chase and can speak and write about their families very well.
I've nothing against any of these groups, they all get enjoyment at their level of participation. But I don't think they understand each other very well, there's a bit of snobbery about it.
A DSG I talked to, divides his database up when it comes to sharing, sending a paper written tree to the TOG's with a small deliberate error so that he can identify it if it comes up on the internet . He only shares fully with his peers in his own group.
I'm trying to emulate the DSG's but even in this group, there are those who delve a lot deeper than I do. I confess to using information I find on the internet without checking it sometimes. Whoops! But I at least buy certificates for all my direct ancestors and some others (there's a bit of snobbery for you....). I know I can do better. How about you?