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From: Jeanette Daniels <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Ancestry and professional genealogist project
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2009 20:49:19 -0700 (PDT)
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Dee Dee,

I think that APG list members do need to think about these questions.  If list members are interested in joining an Internet listing service, I can suggest alternatives if the Ancestry list doesn't appeal after reading the fine print:  1)  Genealogy Freelancers at:  http://www.genealogyfreelancers.com/  2)  Genealogy Pro at:  http://www.genealogypro.com/ and 3) Expert Genealogy Professionals at:  http://expertgenealogy.com/

NOTE:  I am not connected to any of these three lists but I personally know genealogists that use them and are happy with them.


From: "" <>
Sent: Sunday, April 5, 2009 6:03:30 PM
Subject: Re: [APG] Ancestry and professional genealogist project

Dee wrote:
>I agree. One issue, as with TreeLance, marketing states that the nation's "top genealogists" will be participating.  Is that not a bit misleading the public if the participating professionals are predominantly "transitional"? 
>How will APG arbitrate client - APG member disputes generated through the third-party Ancestry? Or will APG since it's Ancestry's gig? 
>I understand the comparison to sub-contracting, but it seems to me a pretty big gap between subcontracting and having a third-party squarely between you and your client.  Dictating terms, collecting your money, paying when both sides say the deal is OK, but not offering mediation, allowing clients to post "ratings" on the internet. Anyone with experience on eBay knows how that type feedback system can harm a vendor's overall "score" when unwarranted negatives are posted.  Prospective clients, with probable NO experience hiring professionals, little understanding of the research process posting ratings when records did not exist?
>The very process of not being able to collect a retainer to help with upfront costs, providing the entire work without compensation, then hoping the client likes it enough to tell a third-party to release your hard earned wages and out of pocket expenses just seems to fly in the face of the good business practices recommended in ProGen, APG PMC sessions, and professional articles in the APG Quarterly.

Dee, the questions you raise here are definitely ones that need addressing.


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