A genealogist is a person who RESEARCHES their family history. You know, they do the research, they dig thru books, periodicals, looks at reels of microfilm and historical materials for leads & information on their ancestors. They document each step as they dig, always careful to prove the things they find. These people are able to provide you with where they got the information, volumn, book & page.
A name collector is a person who believes that if it can be found on the internet and they can click on it, they can claim it. I call it "click & claim" genealogy. It doesn't come with sources, in fact most of the time the person has no clue what he has claimed, doesn't know the difference between a pedigree and a family group sheet, and is clueless about what to do with what he just claimed. He just knows he knows that name and that's really all that matters to him.
Some hints you may be talking to a name collector -
- His data base has blah blah thousands of names
- He can't tell you where he got any of it from
- If he can tell you anything, its somebody's website
- If he can tell you anything its "so & so's gedcom"
- He has tons of dates but no places
- He has no idea who the people named in the notefields are
- He's never looked at a census record in his life
Name collecting disguised as a genealogist? Not a good thing!