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From: Mapman <>
Subject: Re: The truth about "online genealogy"
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 1999 13:47:11 -0500
> Lee Cornelius wrote:
> > If you did it for profit in the first place, then shame on you! That
> > goes totally against the entire reason for doing family genealogy in
> > the first place, that is, connecting with both the past and the
> > present members of your family! This is like inheriting the family
> > cookbook and charging your 'cousins' $20.00 if they would like a copy.
> Point 1: My going out and spending 30 years reading documents
> other family members don't know exist, doing data-entry, typing,
> composing (and yes, I do a lot of my prose by HAND! not with a
> program), doing layout, paying for printing and binding -- this
> is quite different from inheriting Mom's cookbooks.
I assume you CHOSE to undertake this hobby and its research, not under
contract or other obligation. The research is yours and should not be
taken w/o giving credit. But the printing and binding were done NOT for
you -- you already had YOUR copy -- but for the purpose of providing
it to relatives FOR A FEE!
> Point 2: While doing the research, printing and binding, I have
> spent my own money to find out something of mutual interest. I
> prefer NOT to make a profit as it messes up my taxes, but I do
> want to recoup my costs for printing, binding, and mailing. I do
> not find that unreasonable and on those lines someone else
> researched, I'm perfectly willing to pony up the $30 for a copy.
The point is: those who put together the family history for the purpose
of selling it are little different than FTM, Halbert's, etc. except they
have a more direct link with their customers and, hopefully, use more
sound research methods. Quit the rhetoric about how noble you are for
putting together the family history and the pity party about how you are
just trying to offset the costs of additional copies demanded by
relatives. While the latter held some validity before the Internet,
email has killed it. The costs of the research are YOURS and would be
the same even if you were the only person ever to see your work. Should
I charge you for telling you oral histories and personal anecdotes that
grandma told me? Is such information copyrightable? Should it be?
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