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From: Kay Allen AG <>
Subject: Re: Plantagenet Bastards
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 18:51:35 -0800
Pros work on all manner of different problems. I have taken an immigrant
ancestor of my husband's from Pittsburgh in the 18th century back to
Letterkenny, Donegal and, eventually to Belfast in 1679. No royal line. :-( So
you cannot assume that "lesser" lines are not being worked on by others. That
is why you do a literature search on any given problem to see what has been
done. But not everything is published.
The point I was attempting to make was that it appeared that you'd let the pros
do it for you, if you could get it for free. Well, sometimes you can, and
sometimes you have to cough up, if you want it badly enough. And sometimes,
"lesser lines" have problems that are going to require a pro to unravel. If you
had such a problem, would you hire the pro, want it done for free, or do
Most of us do share, but sharing is tainted when people ask for things and are
peeved if they don't receive an answer by return post or could find the answer,
but either are too lazy or too incompetent to do so.
Your appreciation is appreciated.
Gordon Banks wrote:
> Why so? Are not other lines that haven't attracted the pros' interest also
> worthy of being worked out? Everyone can't be a Plantagenet, even if only
> from a bastard. Also, we buy the books of people like Douglas Richardson
> and subscribe to the journals that the pros publish in and even hire them to
> do research for us. And, may I add, when I do find something, I am only too
> happy to share it with anyone and everyone, for free. I guess if I found
> someone else selling it somewhere without even so much as crediting me, I
> would get upset, as some of you here have done. Were I a pro, I probably
> would want to sell it in a book or some other form, unless I were receiving
> an academic salary for the work I was doing, in which case I think it should
> be freely disseminated, but with proper credit given, as always. What good
> is it to do genealogy anyhow if you just hoard it up unto yourself? I think
> most people here are grateful for what they receive. I know I am. No one
> has a right to demand any answers or impose on anyone else's time.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kay Allen AG [mailto:]
> Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 6:04 PM
> Subject: Re: Plantagenet Bastards
> One of you wrote that you'd spend the money on things that the pros hadn't
> worked out for you. That smacks of parasitism. Symbiosis is one thing, but
> parasitism is quite another.