- Men are most interested in finding their direct line ancestors while largely ignoring the siblings and children of those ancestors unless finding them can lead back to and give more information about the direct line ancestor.
- Women are interested in finding direct line ancestors while at the same time seek to discover the siblings and children of those ancestors, thereby gathering and recreating families.
If this perception is true I assumed it had something to do with what I think of as innate qualities of men (often goal-driven) and women (often nurturing). As time has passed I've noticed that men search for collateral lines but primarily it seems to be for the purpose of aiding the direct lineage and not solely to recreate the families of ancestors.
What do you think? Is this generally true? Have you noticed differences in the way men and women approach genealogy and family history? What is your experience? If you are a guy, what is your approach? If you are a female, what is your approach? Or are the differences related more to the level of experience of the genealogist/family historian?
I hope you'll share your thoughts.
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