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From: R Bishop <>
Subject: Re: Dumb Newbie Question
Date: Tue, 08 Dec 1998 15:36:21 GMT
In article <>,
The Hellwigs <> wrote:
>Okay, I'm not new to the Internet, but I'm fairly new at Genealogy - not
>quite a year. So I read this group and the other genealogy groups,
>search for interesting Web sites that might be helpful, and I'm on a few
>My question is, where is that line between asking for help and asking
>someone else (or several someone elses) to do the bulk of the work for
>One of the mailing lists I joined (and will be unsubbing from soon
>because it's making me nuts!) has a frequent poster who posts lookup
>requests constantly. The one that made my jaw drop was when she asked
>if someone would go to the library for her (she's a stay-at-home mom she
>said, and can't get out much), photocopy the pages she needed and then
>either bring them by her house or mail them (but she'd prefer having
>them dropped off.) At that point, someone else on the list suggested
>that she either do her own genealogy research or take up another hobby
>until her life changes enough to allow her to do her own research. He
>was summarily un-subbed for his suggestion.
Sounds like a pathetic person. And a user. Avoid them religiously.
Most of the fun, for me, is digging through various volumes, finding neat
little gems about ancesters, such as the one who started his will with
'Being now ancient & crazy in body but sound in mind....'
The thrill of discovery IS genealogy. The person who suggested this
woman give it up was totally correct. And the list owner sounds just
as ridiculous for unsubbing him.
I don't belong to any mailing lists. The vast majority of the info is
of no use to me. I prefer to work in libraries and by checking web sites
for connecting lines.
>So, am I just being stupid here? Is it really acceptable to ask other
>people to do all your research? Or is it only acceptable on that one
Not acceptable at all. I bet she was the kind of girl in high school
who was always trying to bully someone into doing her homework.
>I think I know the answer already, I just wanted to make sure I'm
You ARE right.
>"Hope is the ability to hear the music of the future.
> Faith is the courage to dance to it today."
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