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From: Julie Skellern <>
Subject: Me Too - Gedcoms uplifted......
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 21:39:10 +1300
Never send a gedcom to anyone!!!!! That should be the golden rule. So fed
up with getting information back to me via other people who have acquired it
from someone else - without the latter ones even knowing of my existence - I
now pass on only the barest minimal information - enough to "excite" someone
else to contribute to the growth of the informaion first. Then they MAY get
a full family history report, complete with ALL my referenced research and
they also get the warning that it is copyright - and I will be most upset to
see it appearing on any web-site. If they laboriously then data enter that
and gedcom it through - they have "transformed" the copyright..... and
there's not much I can do - but I will NOT have made it easy by sending a
I point out that I am not infallible, that much of the input has come from
others - and that no-one is to have access to that information without
acknowledging me, so that if an error should become apparant - it can be
tracked to a source document in my files. I also offer that guarantee -
voluntarily to others who supply me with information and I diligently
reference every date and/or place with a notation as to the source! (Names
look ugly with a ref. number tacked on!)
I explain that it is because I am upset that a family tree (a composite of a
number of people's research) was passed onto a known family member AND ended
up on ancestry.com (or other) without any acknowledgment of source. That
family member was contacted, but deigned to reply. They will never be
provided with information again - their loss - as I am am active researcher
- and work on lines backwards and down.
So far....... it works. Most people are willing to glean what I have
accumulated without taking offence, and I get what I want first. (Rarely
are they the loser!) I have extracted some information from web-sites -
but again - the url and any other relevant information is recorded as part
of my data. It would be irresponsible not to do so. Where I can, I verify
information, but that's not always possible. It always disappoints me to
get names and dates and no other information...... but I am always grateful
for any others work.
However, I also have a private family web-site - by invitation only - and
lately have invited family members to that, rather than sending anything to
them directly. They could, if they so wished, gedcom from there - but prior
to invitation the same "rules" are spelled out, and because my references
don't gedcom through to the web-site I have notes that acknowledge
contributors, reminding others of plagarism and copyright issues.
I am certainly willing to share, but hope I've "stopped" some leakage, so's
to speak!!! Time will tell.
OK - off my hobby horse!!!
Julie M Skellern,
Researching in Essex: BUCKLE, RICHARDSON, COLLINGS, & WOOLVET - all from
Great Oakley & Ramsey (circa 18th - 19th Century)
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