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From: Anne Roach <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Mormon News
Date: Sun, 22 Mar 2009 22:00:50 -0600

1. The information available through LDS databases was not contributed entirely by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
2. This was an early attempt at creating collaborative environment, but the tools were not available at the time these databases were created to make this effective. The information was contributed by anyone but not verified, assuming those using the databases would understand this.
3. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are not forced to do genealogy. In fact, only a very small percentage of them engage in it at all.
4. To say that those who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who engage in genealogy do not take intellectual measures is a very wrong statement. In many cases outside entities have been utilized such as genealogy companies, who provided the research, correct or incorrect. This information was then added to the online databases. The bad information has perpetuated because those using the databases in question did not understand their purpose and thought if it was on a computer, it was correct.
5. The incorrect information is an obvious problem because due to lack of training by anyone with access to a computer, the information may be downloaded and passed along. The solution is to create a true collaborative environment in which individuals like you, Gary, can help those who don't have genealogical training and who may make wrong assumptions about any online genealogy.

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Sent: Sunday, March 22, 2009 9:18 PM
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Subject: Re: [APG] Mormon News

Not at all, and here's why:

In the rest of the world, it is pretty much only those people who are interested in genealogy who work on their family trees. Some treat it as an intellectual pursuit.

In the Mormon world, each person is required to work on his or her family tree, whether interested or not, and whether or not the word "intellectual" can ever be used in connection with that person. So it is unsurprising that there is a lot of uninspired and unintelligent research being conducted there.

Imagine if everybody you know who was non-Mormon was also required to work on their genealogy. What do you think we'd end up with then?

Gary Maher
New Jersey, USA

---------- Original Message ----------

Does anyone else find it ironic - and more than a little puzzling -
that, with such a rich cache of original records at their disposal,
church members have posted inaccurate and incomplete data?


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