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Subject: Pilfering of genie information fam. trees
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 00:57:49 -0600
An absolutely true story-
I was at our local FHC, busily transcribing records, with about 12 other folks using the various machines. One man and his wife in the corner were talking in very low tones, and making notes. Then he stood, and announced to the room in general "Well, we just found 240 relatives. Can any of you beat that?" In shock, I squeaked out "um, the best I've ever done is 9, and that was a great day. How did you do it?" His reply - "We check telephone directories from various cities. Our last name is unusual, so anyone with it HAS to be related. We just finished St. Louis." They left with very happy smiles on their faces, after 2 full hours of 'family research'.
Guess some folks have very loose standards of relativity. <VBG>
I've also seen my family information on several different websites, with identical mistakes. I contacted some of the posters with corrections, but they refused to make any changes despite solid proof. Since then, I haven't posted one thing about the families online, and I only give other researchers information on their specific branches when they contact me.
I do have all BMDs for St. Austell parish, as a whole, from 1568 to 1900, transcribed and online for researchers to use, as well as the West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser newspaper, from 1836 to 1850 (and counting). So I'm not parsimonious - it's just my particular tree isn't for publication anymore. (By the way, if you have any Cornish relies, you might want to visit the OPC website linked below; we have over 700,000 records online now.)
Julia Mosman, OPC for St.Austell,Charlestown, and Treverbyn
Website at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~staustell
W. Briton newspaper transcripts at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~wbritonad
Please visit the OPC website at http://cornwall-opc.org
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