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From: "Connie Bradbury" <>
Subject: Disposing of Files
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 18:16:08 -0900
I thought I would explain why we are disposing of these files the way we are.
After the FHC fiasco, we started posting them on the surname lists. You would not believe the questions we were expected to answer when we are offering this for only the cost of postage plus a big dime for the envelope. We posted them in much the same manner as I did on this list. I enlisted the assistance of another society member to come to my house and respond to those questions.
Finally, she said it was too time consuming. She would rather shred them than to spend that much time answering the questions. That is when I decided to post them on this list. I don't care if you are related or if you are a paid researcher for someone with the same surname. People who had asked for the files from my posting here had just said, send me the file and the address where to mail the check. That is music to my ears.
These file are not in the condition that the FHL in SLC would be interested. Believe me, I have worked with them before trying to get records into a condition that was acceptable. What I have are fragments. Not all pertain to one specific line. She dabbled in doing research for others. Unless the files had documents or photocopies of something we considered could be of value they got shredded.
Not our university archives nor our state archives would be interested because they have no connection to this locality.
Someone suggested placing them with NEHGS, DAR, Godfrey, etc. Folks, that is probably where the stuff came from to begin with, with exception of vital records.
If it was a booklet that seemed to be complete, I checked the FHLC to see if they had a copy. If they did, then I posted it online.
I will start posting again probably Monday. Any files left over will be posted on the surname lists.
As I said before, we are doing this out of the goodness of our hearts - trying to offer folks the information without them having to pay a huge amount. The direction I had from the Society was not to send it to a library or society who would turn around and charge people to make copies, plus a handling fee. One board member said she donated family records to a genealogical society, then later had to ask for a copy of something in the file and was told it would cost her $8.00 an hour plus $1.00 a copy. When she reminded them she was the donor they said, this is our policy.
Right or wrong, this is what I have to do.