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Subject: Re: [BRE] Ruthanne Wise
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2004 18:56:14 EDT
In a message dated 4/20/2004 6:34:12 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> Dear List,
> Remember a few weeks ago when the ideas about Wills &genealogy were going
> around on Lists?
> While a death obviously produces grief and shock, for genealogists an
> inevitable question is also "what about?!" [the genealogy!] It's nothing
This got sent before I was done. It doesn't mix with the subject, a death--
but a little kitten walked on my keyboard & sent the letter (which is funny).
What I was going to say .... It's not that anyone is being disrespectful but
that when there's a death of a researcher then there's a loss of connection to
a person who shared our passion & interest. Where to turn next becomes the
I've thought about my computer contacts: who of my family would bother to let
folks on the computer know if I've died? I know I had an abrupt computer
departure 5 years ago when I got sick and no one let my genealogy contacts know
what happened. So, I've made a list of computer things that need done if I
die. My list for my family includes:
Password for the computer
Password to get online
Instructions how to access my address book -- specific email addresses to
If you use a genealogy program, have you told someone how to use it to access
There's so much that is lost when a computer buddy dies. We don't know
anyone but that person usually. We don't know a family contact. We can't send
condolences like we'd usually want.
So, I hope folks will think about the unexpected in relation to their
computer friends, and leave something written down for your family to follow.