Genealogy specialist delving into history
Dave Jack is chasing the dream while delving into the past.
Jack, a Timaru District councillor, has been following a childhood passion for several years, which has turned into a reality and a living. He has recently completed a Masters of Genealogy with the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, and plans on completing a doctorate.
Jack was required to write a 16,000 word dissertation to complete his masters and is scheduled to fly to Scotland in November for the graduation ceremony.
‘‘I posed the question, how valid is oral tradition in genealogy and elaborated on its validation.’’
Jack had previously been a publican and operated a refrigeration business. It was over the past seven years he had turned his love of genealogy into a vocation.
‘‘I love it, it’s so interesting as you have to know where you came from then at least you know who you are and what you are,’’ Jack said.
‘‘The high degree of questioning will help open the door to my doctorate when I will have the opportunity to look further at history and explore forensic science.’’
Jack said the work was challenging and rewarding. ‘‘I am not an academic, I am a tradesman and academic writing was an absolute challenge.’’