Ge­neal­ogy spe­cial­ist delv­ing into his­tory

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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.’’

Dave Jack

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