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From: "Susan Nicholson" <>
Subject: FW: Genealogy & The Internet
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2000 15:48:14 -0000
Not being the best at putting my feelings into words, this message to the
list has been 'almost' deleted a couple of times with the thought that maybe
it had been sent by mistake.
However my finger just would not press the button , so -
Not wanting to cause any ill feeling amongst the listers - I would like to
put in my two pennorth. I have been researching my family in Devon for going
on 30 years and I still find it one of the most difficult counties to
research. While I think it a very good idea to post as many tutorials as the
'Web' will hold (I too need them as desperately as any beginner) I do think
we are being rather unkind by knocking those who send SKS messages - I do
admit to doing it myself on the many occasions when I have been floundering.
I also know as well as anyone else that to be handed information on a
plate - is a rare occurence, but - now and again someone will get their
gander up and shout back - why don't you look at so and so - 'BRILLIANT'
Isn't that what the list is for - whether we 'ask for a favour' or 'if
anyone knows' or ask for SKS - however we word it , it is all the same
thing and without them what is the point of having a list. Same with the
'Grumps' I love 'em - without them we would never get any tutorials either.
Sue Nicholson of Lancashire
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From: Kaye Cole [mailto:]
Sent: 13 February 2000 06:29
Subject: Re: Genealogy & The Internet
Kaye Cole wrote:
Yvonne I agree with most of what you have to say, and am currently thinking
ways of doing something about the problem. I must say I'm becoming less and
happy to look up resources I do have (such as the 1851 census of Devon etc.)
begin to wonder whether people have made any effort at all for themselves.
moving into what one of my posters very aptly called <sks genealogy> ? There
is certainly a
limit to my sks tolerance.
Two thoughts occur: one is to post a basic tutorial on essential non-net
sources, and I'm
thinking of developing such with a couple of other people for dispatch with
message to new listers, plus referring to its availability every time
someone asks <how do I
find the parish register for X ?>. The other tactic is simply to get a bit
tough every time
someone asks, for example, for a lookup in an unindexed census, and post
why they WON'T get a response and what they should do to help themselves.
Brian Randall has adopted a tactic like this, and wonder if we should divide
among a few of us- I do the censuses, he does the parish registers and so
Let me know what you think.
Regards, Kaye Cole in Melbourne
> Dear All
> Reading several messages about the merits and/or otherwise of the IGI, I
thought the following
> article worthy of passing on:
> INTERNET GENEALOGY - WHAT'S GOOD! WHAT'S NOT!
> . . . AND WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?
> by Bettie Cummings Cook, CG
> [Published in The Packet, Tri-State Genealogical Society,
> Evansville, IN, vol.XXII, no. 2 (Dec. 1998)]
> Before computers there were two kinds of genealogists. The experienced and
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