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From: "Maralyn A. Wellauer" <>
Subject: Re: Online presentation
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 15:49:23 -0500
If we say this is not "workable" it implies a loss of hope. Then the battle
Surely, we can let the LDS take care of their own databases. They have many
talented people working on them and know well the problems they face.
I do not agree with the ofted used cop out, "If a human did it, it will
have errors in it." Certainly we all make typos, errors of exclusion, etc.
as did the record-keepers of the past, and we have to deal with them
accordingly. However, the errors to which I refer go beyond any mere human
fallibilty. They are often calculated acts. There is no excuse to submit
material that has not been checked and rechecked, or to make genealogical
connections where there are none, and these are only two of the many things
happening online today.
.>what ever is easiest is what most people do.<
For this reason, we should not try to make it easier for people to do by
creating more and more databases and online sources, but to put energy into
producing quality "new" productions and to educate people on basic reference
sources and methodolgy -- there is so much to be done. No time to "reinvent
>The USGenWeb is trying to put up records, but again they are TYPED
material, (Have you seen the typos!
We all make them.)<
Why is it trying to put up records already out there? Wouldn't it be better
to organize people to do what hasn't been done?
There wouldn't be typos if someone wasn't recopying the records.
>People want to see THEIR name in print, online, etc. even if they have to
steal someone elses work to do it.<
As long as people patronize their sites, encourage them to produce, or give
them plaudits, this will continue. My question was will there be any work
to steal in future? Who will want to write a book if they find it on the
internet a day after release?
"The Swiss Connection"