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From: "Richard A. Smallwood" <>
Subject: Use of Transcribed Materials
Date: Sat, 13 Nov 1999 23:13:33 -0600
Since nothing much is happening on the list and you sent the below snip
about transcribed records, I feel compelled to make a statement.
If a researcher plans to use their research materials (fruits of their
labors) as documentation to join a (United States) Lineage Society,
applicants are still being required to submit photocopies or certified
copies of original documents as evidence and proof. Abstracts,
transcriptions and compiled information downloaded from the Internet (as
well as World Family Tree, IGI and FamilySearchtm) are still not
considered anything, but hearsay.
The reason I bring this up, is that the number of Applications which have
these Internet downloads submitted as evidence is increasing and
applicants are shocked to be informed that their documentation work is
The Internet is a magnificent research tool. It is speeding up the
searching process, but only those sites which contain digitized records
have what is considered viable documentation.
Thought I would bring this up on this list, as S-I's made up the backbone
of colonial forces in most Colonial Wars as well as the Revolutionary War
and the War of 1812.
Richard A. Smallwood, Sr., CGRS
State of Alabama SAR Registrar
>When I was hunting my great grandfather's death certificate in 1914 in Ohio,
>I was given the official place to write for a certified certificate in The
>but the webpages for the county indicated that the local genealogical society
>would do a lookup for $4.00 and send me an uncertified copy. I don't need
>a certified copy at all. I got what I wanted a lot cheaper because I checked
>In the archives they are putting a lot of transcriptions of wills, books
>histories) and stuff. And on the associated list you can probably find
>not only know a LOT about this small area of the planet, but may even be
>willing to do some research for you.
>Now they got search engines too so you can search very quickly for all
>instances of a name -- and then just copy it into your research file. But
>go back periodically because more is added. I just found some more
>Presbyterian cemeteries added in PA -- full of potted Scotch-Irish, with a
>spattering of Germans.