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From: Windows 95< >
Subject: Re: NZ Data on the Internet
Date: 12 Dec 1998 11:56:17 -0800
Why should any one or any Society put their records on to the 'net for free
access to all.
The Society in question hasn't obtained these records for free, there has
(1) the uncosted work of volunteers who have spend hours of their own
valuable time in cemeteries and elsewhere transcribing.
(2) the cost of inputing the data onto a database, computers aren't cheap
and I don't know of anyway of doing this other than a computer.
(3) most societies do these transcriptions as a way of raising money to buy
more resources for their members who pay a yearly subscription.
Believe me I know the hard work in doing these transcriptions I have spent
many hours in my local cemetery trying to decipher names, and then going
back double checking transcriptions, then adding the records to a data base.
Many FHS in NSW have participated in AGCI, the only money my society could
make out of this is if anyone wants to have the full transcription of a
headstone we charge $5. I would imagine so far the money raised wouldn't
have paid for morning tea!
The decision made at the time by the Committee was that it was more
beneficial to family historians to have an index on microfiche that would be
available in all major libraries in Australasia.
Definition of AGCI
Australasian Genealogical Computer Index, published by SAG in microfiche
form, data is in alphabetical listing, covering Cemetery transcripts,
newspaper items and others. A valuable tool and possibly a costly one to
M Keely Heffernan in Coffs Harbour, NSW, AUSTRALIA
researching: BUCKLEY, HEFFERNAN, HERRICK, MALONE, SEYMOUR, TIERNEY from Tip.
IRE, LORDEN/LORDON from Cork, IRE; CURTIS, FINNIGAN, KEELY, SMITH/SMYTH
from Meath, IRE; CLARK from Sry. ENG, HILL from Lanc. ENG. HARMON from
Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.
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