Saturday, April 02, 2005

Fishing for Ancestors

DearREADERS,
From time to time, we make little mistakes that can cause problems or teach incorrect principles. On this tender subject, I wish to speak.

NOTE: Ol' Myrt here is, by any measure, far from perfect.

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THE SCENARIO:
1. We're all fishing for ancestors.
2. Newbies make generalized postings on mailing lists and message boards until they learn to compose more effective, detailed queries.
3. Other, perhaps more experienced researchers get impatient, and sometimes make statements which are perhaps unkind.
4. One such posting was made on my message board recently.

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MYRT'S RESPONSE:
While your postings are helpful from time to time, this sort of posting is another story. To tell people "I'll do it for you, it will be faster" is inappropriate.

Teaching people the PROCESS is much more what we're looking for here on DearMYRTLE's message board.

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From http://www.bartleby.com we read:
AUTHOR: Chinese proverb
QUOTATION: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
ATTRIBUTION: Chinese proverb. — The International Thesaurus of Quotations, ed. Rhoda Thomas Tripp, p. 76, no. 3 (1970).
SUBJECTS: Education

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Let's teach our fellow researchers to FISH FOR THEIR ANCESTORS.
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com

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