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From: "Ian Hunter" <>
Subject: RE: some advice
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2002 17:59:15 -0000
Hey! Think I've collected the full set.
PLUS the company that was charging a landlord to research his pub and
asking me to do it for nothing.
Ian Pubby Hunter
Essex Pubs at: http://www.essexpubs.net
I use Archive CD Books to help with my research
"The majority of people are genuine and you feel easy with them. But
is a minority of whom one should be very wary, and their approach is a
warning and a betrayal of the normal trust and networking between
researchers. I have a natural instinct to help people with their family
history researches but this is measured against my knowledge of the
and what they are looking for. I am not a paid family researcher nor
be so and the satisfaction of helping someone is enough. Most people
why they are seeking information and asking if you have additional
The following types one should avoid.....
Those expressing great interest and wanting great detail, without asking
they require it and whether they are putting you to any trouble.
Those who want to gain as much of your knowledge and research for their
purposes, without giving you any credit for it.
Those who think you have a ready, finite answer to their questions on
history or genealogy, where matters need to be considered carefully and
answers are not there or the issues intractable.
Those who have done very little research and can't be bothered to. These
surfers who give you a lot of waffle and really want you to do it all
There are those who have a single issue obsession. The one name they are
looking for, have you got it? They are not interested in social or local
history, siblings, cousins etc. and want to find a direct line back to
Those who for some reason cannot tell you that they have been contacted
another, on matters of which alone you may have the knowledge, could you
help them and thus deal with them direct. the intermediary approach.
Those who receive your careful considered reply, don't thank you and say
they disbelieve it.
Apart from the obvious candidate mentioned above, there are others I
come across and so have other family historians. There are a number of
twerps and unscrupulous people out there.
My approach is based on people's age, ability/approach and distance from
record sources etc and my help may vary from everything in my knowledge;
steering them in the right directions in their own research- i.e. much
better if they discover it for themselves."
I hope this does not offend anyone genuine, but it seems wise advice.
that I could follow it!
Not a virus in sight.
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