Saturday, February 24, 2007

READERS' FEEDBACK: 24 Feb 2007

-- RE: England & Wales Internet Access to B, M & D
-- RE: Finding help for software (FTM)
-- RE: Cost of doing research
-- RE: Father's past: Uncovering another family
-- RE: What about paper vs. online newsletters

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Re: England & Wales: Internet Access to Birth, Marriage & Death
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2007/02/england-wales-internet-access-to-birth.html
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From: dmmon.messageboards@ntlworld.com
DearMYRTLE,
The announcement, which I read about earlier this week when visiting the Family Record Centre, is interesting. However it should be noted that the indexes are currently available inline at
www.genesreconnected.co.uk . I hope the new arrangement is an improvement on the current method. At the moment, even if the name & year are known the search result cannot identify what quarter the result is in. Let us hope the new system will at least combine the quarters.

NOTE FROM MYRT: You will also find access to indexes through:

-- FreeBMD http://freebmd.rootsweb.com though the work is far from complete.

-- For a fee: Ol' Myrt used "1837 online" which changed its name this fall: http://www.findmypast.com . I located ancestors in the quarterlies, made note of the record book codes, and then sent (via internet ordering) for copies which arrived via snail mail from England to Florida within 14 days. Amazing.

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Re: Finding Help with Genealogy Software
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2007/01/finding-help-with-genealogy-software.html
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From: E.Rodier
DearMYRTLE
The main FTM (Family Tree Maker) discussion list started in 1995 and has long time customer participants who do not subscribe to the RootsWeb mailing lists about FTM. --
http://www.genealogy.com/help/ftm_curr.html

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RE: Cost of Doing Research
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2007/01/cost-of-doing-research-from-name.html
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From: sallysloan@aol.com
DearMYRTLE,
I loved your response! Thank-you Myrt for your reply to Cost of Doing Research! Maybe I have become judgmental in my old age but I truly believe there are more people who believe the world owes them whatever their little hearts desire.

People who have a hobby need to consider the amount they can comfortable spend on that source of entertainment. It is not the duty of a government agency or the owner of a web site to provide for all their recreational wishes. Genealogy is the same as any other hobby; you can only do it to the degree your finances allow. If your aim is to satisfy a religious need then your religious leaders will, no doubt, be your best resource and can be supplemented by your local library. If the writer were a golfer would they expect someone else to provide the clubs and pay the greens fees?

I enjoy your columns.

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From: RMcfa45544@aol.com
DearMYRTLE,
Well I don't agree with you. I have been at this for 50 years now. I started with just my name and took it back to 900 bc in some cases. I am not rich in money but am is skill of finding my ancestors. Oh yeah, I have my share of dead ends there is one couple I have had until quite recent. In my 51st year I found the wife's record in Vermont. And her family's records are all over the place:

-- in the index that was made during the make work for people during the depression [WPA]

-- in private collections

-- in the town clerks office

I have found several marriage records under dog licenses! And then under their last names. Shoot I would suggest you learn how to do research. I agree with you on the cost of Certs going up, and local clerks robbing folks blind thinking no one will ever know. Well, two town clerks have lost their jobs because of me. Thank you. (And my money overage returned.)

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From: Naomah
DearMYRTLE
I live in Georgia and Ancestry.com is available free at any library in the state. Heritage Quest is too and it is even available at home through the library with a password they will give you. Ancestry has to be used in the library though. -- Maybe this will help some folks.

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RE: Father's past: Uncovering another family
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2007/01/fathers-past-uncovering-another-family.html
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From: juanita
DearMYRTLE,
There's another suggestion I might make in this research regarding Richard Louis Janning's first marriage. I wonder if the researcher has looked at his father and mother's marriage record. If the marriage was a 2nd one for him, the marriage application would probably indicate that. I found Iowa records for an ancestor regarding a marriage in the 1880's and the marriage application gave not only the bride's maiden name, name of parents, but also the name of her first husband. The affidavit said it was a 2nd marriage. That would/should clarify whether or not Richard Louis Janning was married to a Shirley.

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From: Elizabeth Powell Crowe
DearMYRTLE,
Do you think it would help him to look at wills? Perhaps his dad mentioned them, or perhaps a will was recorded for HER, and never probated?


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RE: What about paper vs. online newsletters
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/2006/12/what-about-paper-vs.html
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From: Tracy St Claire
DearMYRTLE,
One of the reasons cited by this gentleman was people forwarding his newsletter without paying for it.


When I started Bible Records Online, I was going to make it a $$$ site. And then I was going to try to scramble the images so that people couldn't "steal" my content and put it on their sites or in their newsletters.

I have had a complete change of heart. My new worry is that the site will crash without a copy anywhere -- that this information will die without anyone having access to it. Steal away -- many copies reduces the chance that images, information or anything dies forever.

Genealogists forever protecting their personal discoveries risk those ancestors being lost forever. And this gentleman should get off his high horse -- if it is good enough to forward, it will be good enough to buy. $30-$40 for a newsletter would have to be PLENTY good.

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As always, thanks for sharing your thoughts, DearREADERS.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)

DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy
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