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From: "James Pearce" <>
Subject: [CHS] re LOOKUPS..
Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2000 21:06:20 -0400
Hello to all..
Like many of you, I have given freely of my time, hundreds of hours, in our
local Ancestral Research Center, transcribing my own and volunteers notes
from cemetery surveys and other sources to computerized records, and
assisting others in
finding their families.
Our "ARC", (the 'ARK' as we know it), exists solely with the support of a
small, active, volunteer corps and a membership base of about 240 who pay a
yearly dues of $35.00 Cdn.
We are able to offer to our genealogy community a richness of
research information which would take an individual years to amass and
which, perhaps, might otherwise not be found.
Information in our data banks is available free to all members. For
non-members a charge of $5.00 for a five hour period, (our 'office day') is
assessed. We do charge a nominal amount for printed transcripts of our
We do not allow entire data bases to be downloaded to disc but name sections
can be printed out at a cost of 25 cents per page.
My point is that the ARC must apply some charges in order to continue to
exist. Unfortunately, membership alone does not meet the yearly budget
requirements of rent, utilities, supplies. There are no salaries paid, no
government grants received.
If researchers want to pass along any information which they have found in
our files then they are free to do so. We do, however, stipulate that any
purchased print materials are copyright to the ARC and must not be copied
We are aware of 'professional' researchers using our facility and ask that
they limit themselves to a one,or at most, two clients-a-day search. They
are charged $5.00 per day and cannot use membership privileges (free search)
in their 'work-time'.
All of which I think is entirely reasonable and sensible.
We offer value far in excess of what it would cost an individual to conduct
his/her searches in far-flung source areas such as libraries, churches,
cemeteries, land records offices, government files., etc.
We are an association of volunteers and are not out to make a profit. We
realize many researchers are on limited incomes.
Many times we assist older 'searchers ' in finding their deceased or
family connections at no charge. In fact, our volunteers look forward to
the 'reward' they get of seeing a smile come to a senior's face when a lost
or forgotten relative is found.
Ladies and gentlemen, may I ask that if you can afford a small 'donation' to
a local research center, please do so. It will be gratefully received and
faithfully applied to permit the center to continue in its largely volunteer
If you cannot afford the suggested fee then I suggest you ask your
question(s) and see what response is forthcoming Volunteers do not
(normally) 'turn the meter on' when they answer your call and often will
perform a limited search for you, or in the least offer suggestions which
will assist you in doing your own researches.
It may be that a volunteer will 'adopt' your request as a personal task and
After all, what greater reward can there be than being given the privilege
of being able to help another.