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Subject: Re: [Cmn-L] testing
Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2005 10:54:16 EDT
Maybe the reason why the Dyfed Mailing List does not appear to get as many
enquiries as the Carmarthenshire ones is that most research enquirers find
their way to the Lookup Exchange which is accessed via the link on Gareth's Help
There, under the various Hundreds, you will find the name of people prepared
to do lookups in the Hundreds in which they specialise. Using various
indexes they are in one to one contact with the enquirer and do not come through
the Mailing List. Pembrokeshire does not have the vast range of indexes that
you and Pauline have worked on over the past 20 years or so but the
volunteers do provide as much information as they can backed by local knowledge.
However, of late, more and more enquiries seem to come on the the Mailing List
and I do not know what percentage are dealt with direct.
I believe that Pat Powell is one of the volunteers - a very knowledgeable,
busy and involved lady!
As regards Ancestry being able to provide all the answers I think it will be
a sad day when researchers no longer look at the original documents.
Admittedly it will save wear and tear on a valuable source but often the contents
there can tell us so much more than a mere index. As a researcher for over 35
years I find it sad that people can look at a census index, order and order
a copy of the entry online without any of the thrill of finding a person
after hours of trawling that did give you some feeling of the area in which they
lived and the people who would have been their friends and neighbours. Just
amassing a collection of dates and places is not my idea of family history
but then I'm one of the old fashioned kind!
Bye for now
Bye for now
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