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From: "Carolyn M. Getting" <>
Subject: RE: [LDR] It's my research and you can't see it!!!
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 14:28:33 -0500

I myself, use everything I can get my hands on, whether I have to pay for it
or not. How much I collect is only limited by my pocket book and available
time, which with our seven grown children and grandkids, can at times get
stretched, but that is a whole other story.

I collect notes, pictures...love pictures, my Grandmother's picture box was
wonderful. I use the LDS, the genealogy library, census records microfilm,
newspapers, etc. Ran upon a clue the other day, don't know if it will pan
out, but it was in a long forgotten note(I cleaned my files) that resembled
piles at that point.

Sometimes, I research all records on one surname in a given state during a
given period, until I find the one that fits into my families history. I
have found that most family stories have at least a element of truth in
them, it's just finding the element, and not taking it as gospel. That can
be real fun, to find that element of truth, boy can that put you on a high.
God bless.

just an old Texas Gal.
/Gambel/Sinz & Gross

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> Subject: Re: [LDR] It's my research and you can't see it!!!
> Fellow Delmarva Researchers (battening down the hatches if you are there?)
> I believe there is a difference between paying for
> CDs/mega-website resources
> and people not sharing their research. I agree with you on the
> sharing of
> information. In fact my own Aunt (age 89, wary of computers to say the
> least, but still going strong) only a few months ago relented and
> agreed to
> send me her deceased older sister's "box" with all sorts of letters,
> including some written by BOWENs who left Worcestor Co in early
> 1800s. The
> letters are from the 1820s and 1830s. My aunt was worried about
> me "giving"
> away to others (who'd publish for profit -- she had someone
> specifically in
> mind) all of my other aunt (the family genealogist) work that she
> had devoted
> hours to to someone who might make money off of it. I am not
> quite sure what
> changed her mind. I only gently questioned her about once every
> two months!!
> (grin) She lives in Louisiana.
> With respect to CDs, If I had the money there are about 12 CDs
> and 30 books I
> would love to have starting with Hinshaws Encyclopedia of American Quaker
> Genealogy ($69.00) which is sold through FTM. I see no
> difference between a
> CD and a book. CDs as a rule are packed with more information.
> We pay to
> rent microfilm rolls, etc.
> My argument with www.ancestry.com is that I have found almost all
> of their
> information regarding linneages on www.gendex.com and/or
> www.familysearch.org. They are indeed providing a service by
> giving you a
> library at your fingertips. If you live far away from resources
> it is a big
> plus.
> There are many instances where we do not have/can not find cousins or
> researchers. What if all of Ruth Dryden's books were on one CD and FTM
> marketed it. Because I have 165 solid years ancestors on the
> Eastern Shore,
> that is one I'd surely consider paying for. My costs at DAR alone for
> copying so I would have documentation from th Worcestor land
> books, assorted
> Somerset/Worcestor/Accomack abstract books, the 34 Families of
> Somerset, etc.
> alone equal the price. When you buy a CD, you will have it, you
> can print
> it out ad nauseum, you can copy and insert. I personally am grateful for
> those who compose CDs. And alas, this is an industry, it is not
> just a hobby
> or a profession. If you love boating, but can't build your own
> -- you'll buy
> one and from a for profit company.
> Look at all the genealogy books we rely on (not the limited
> edition family
> books) to gather our information from that are published many of
> them years
> and years ago. Those major book publishers turn a profit, but
> they aren't
> castigated. Ruth Dryden's publishers turned a profit (she
> probably didn't
> make much).
> I guess I have said enough. I am eternally greatful to many of
> you out there
> for having supplied me all manner of linneages on my
> Bowens/Truitts/Flemings/Whaleys/Hammonds/Powells/Pateys/Fassits,
> etc....but
> now I am filling in the blanks, providing the documentation,
> collecting the
> will and deed abstracts referred to as "sources" myself, using books
> published by companies that at the very least hope to be profitable.
> I may be in a little different position than most of you.
> Although I have
> some brickwalls b. 1818, most of them I am pretty sure I know
> where they go.
> I don't have an ancestor that arrived in the U.S. after 1750 I
> imagine, and
> almost all of my descendants of those were in SW MO by 1850s. I have
> received a tremendous amount of skeleton linneages, all of which
> have been
> borne out by going to county resources, etc. I rely primarily on
> books..and
> with all my lines back to early 1600s in Massachusetts (Doans,
> Hopkins, Snow,
> Twining) and in LDR I need alot to put together and alot of
> books!! And I
> have just got started.
> I research in DC, and will provide some thoughts on your trips to DAR,
> Archives and Library of Congress. URLs for ahead of time step saving
> research, etc.
> Janet Hunter
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