Professional historians tend to have little patience for genealogists. It is not that they do not like what genealogists do. (In fact, I know many historians who are interested in the search for their family roots.). What bothers them is that genealogists, in the quest to fill in another line on the family tree, often have little interest in the historical context that shaped the lives of their ancestors. Moreover, genealogists tend to swarm into certain research facilities and dominate the microfilm readers and the library tables.