How have others used the “analytical toolbox,” even if unwittingly?

I know I am weird about this, but I decided to look at the latest NGS Family History Writing contest winner and see how he or she used the writing styles from the previous post.

2010 NGS Family History Writing contest winner:
Patrick Quigley, “The Quigley Family Searches for the American Dream,” The National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 98:4 (December 2010).

Mr. Quigley followed this pattern:

  1. Narrative/descriptive:  In the first few paragraphs, Mr. Quigley discussed the “typical Irish immigrant, the setting of New York Harbor upon the arrival of his ancestors
  2. Cause/effect:  included a paragraph about the conditions in Ireland and how that might have led to his ancestors emigration
  3. analysis:  discussed the implication of the arrival record
  4. compared/contrast:  compared and contrasted the emigration records of Quigley family #1 with the immigration records of Quigley family #2.  (Here I think his article could have been stronger with a statement of conclusion about the proof, in spite of the discrepancies, that family #1 = family #2.)
  5. Narrative: further description
  6. Genealogical Summary was organized per NGS standards.  Each ancestor of note had genealogical data, narrative incorporating data points as evidence, the children’s genealogical data and then an overall closing narrative paragraph.
  7. conclusion in narrative style.

The author used multiple essay types, kept them clearly distinct, and used narrative to bind the pieces together.  The author did not use argumentative, persuasive, definition or division/classification types of essay writing.

I thought this was an interesting exercise.

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