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From: Frank & Elaine Bowie <>
Subject: Re: ROOTS-L Digest V98 #393
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 1998 21:13:09 -0400
> X-Message: #17
> Date: Sat, 11 Apr 1998 11:14:33 -0700
> From: "kathrynb" <>
> Subject: Disappointing Morman Press Release
> >- Family History SourceGuide
> >The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a press
> >release about a new product that will be of interest to every
> >genealogist who owns a computer:
> When I first read this, I thought "hooray, they've finally made the FHL
> catalog CD available for home use". Imagine my disappointment when I found
> out it was for something that a much smaller segment of the genealogical
> population will find useful - versus the larger segment that would love to
> be able to use the catalog CD at home. (This complaint is NOT to say that
> the products released are not good choices, just not the most useful for the
> most people).
> I'm able to go to SLC once a year. For anyone to make most efficient use
> of their time there, it is advisable to do catalog research before hand.
> Unfortunately, I very seldom have time to go to the local FHC to look at the
> catalog during open hours. It would be ideal for me, plus millions of
> others, to be able to use the catalog *at home* to do preliminary work. And
> there are thousands who are not close to a FHC - doing the catalog work at
> home, and ordering via mail for the film to be sent to the FHC would make
> them only need to make a single trip to the FHC to read the film, instead of
> one trip to look at the catalog CD and to order the film, then another to
> read it.
> I'm sending this to Dick Eastman and Ancestry, as well as Roots-L in
> hopes that others will make their wishes known to the Church that the
> Catalog CD will be the most immediately useful of their CDs for us to have
> at home.
> Kathryn Rhinehart Bassett (Pasadena CA)
> "genealogy is my bag" "GH is my soap"
Think. Many of the records you find in the Family History Centers are there only
because permission was given for the Church to copy them and make them available in
the centers. Permission was NOT given the Church to print them out and *sell* them
to the public. Until such permission should be granted, the material is not allowed
outside the centers. Personal convenience is not sufficient reason to break
agreements. How would we as individuals feel if we made agreements with others and
found them ignoring the promises simply because of inconvenience?
As you know, you do not have to go to Salt Lake City to use a FHC. There are FHCs
in LDS Stake Centers as well as some local ward buildings all over the place. If
their hours are so totally inconvenient for you, talk with someone there about
possible changes. Offer a couple or three of your hours to work there. Help solve
your problems without anyone having to break their word.
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