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From: "Mark Jones" <>
Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 09:34:46 -0400
Many thanks to all who responded to my ocfa query.
I now have a better understanding of where the various groups are currently,
with this valuable piece of genealogical work. I can not imagine how many
thousands of hours have been donated by dedicated Ontario and/or Canadian
Genealogists to orchestrate such a monumental Ontario index. From the
transcribers trawling the cemeteries with pad and paper in hand on a windy
day, then handed over to the typists whom laboriously digitise these hand
written notes, then handed over to a Webmaster whom makes it all possible
for us to view, for "free" (not to mention all the people whom made the
instruments they use)
It certainly makes me appreciate the records I do find a lot more. In fact,
it makes me view my family tree in a different light. I've spent thousands
of hours collating my family tree and I wonder what percentage of my
results, are contributed to the various indexes I've used to achieve the end
result. Clearly, there were many more people (if not thousands) involved in
the process of building my own family tree. It would not have been possible
without the work of others.
I congratulate all whom have worked on the ocfa project in the past.
Additionally, to those genealogists whom tirelessly donate their own time
transcribing and digitising other Ontario records. Have you ever thought of
how many family trees you "all" have helped build, around the world?
We continually expand upon the work of those whom have come before us. And,
no doubt yours will be, fifty years from now. You all deserve a medal! Well