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From: "Prytula, Karen" <>
Subject: RE: [ROOTS-L] Re: ROOTS-L Digest V06 #369
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2006 07:46:59 -0400

Fred / Cathy

I'm in the same boat. I help people with their genealogy in my spare time. I now have over 140 unread email messages in my in-bin...I have had to stop sending acknowledgements to the senders. I found my whole evenings were spent just sending notes saying " I have received your email and will work on your request as soon as I can". Next thing you know your spare time is up, and I've got nothing accomplished.

I do think you should re-send your letter. Along with your email address, include your mailing address and phone #. Does your newspaper have a website, you might find an actual contact name and number on it. Better still, you might want to phone the newspaper directly and inquire. They might be able to tell you right away that NO, they don't have an archives of the obituaries BUT might be able to direct you to exactly where you can find them.

Karen Prytula

-----Original Message-----
[mailto:]On Behalf Of Cathleen Wesemann
Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2006 8:27 PM
Subject: [ROOTS-L] Re: ROOTS-L Digest V06 #369

> I wrote to the local newspaper less than a year ago and asked if
> there were archives of obituaries. I included my e-mail address,
> but, very
> sadly, no reply. (I can't help but to find that rude-- how long
> does it
> take to sent an e-mail stating whatever?!)

Fred --librarian. Her whole job is maintaining our website. I help out as I
can with our internal library system, but I'm behind by about a week.
The point I'm trying to make is that it could be the person you wrote
the email to just didn't have the time to see if their library has an
archives of obituaries available online for the public to view. Or,
perhaps he/she saw what your note was about, and forwarded it to the
librarian. If the librarian is anything like ours, she just doesn't
have the time. I've told our librarian that if she gets any genealogy
questions, to forward them to me, because I know she doesn't have
time to check her email on a daily basis. I've got 2 notes from her
from people asking genealogical questions that I still haven't had
time to answer. I will, but it is taking me awhile to get back to them.
I know it seems rude to not answer an email right away, but the
people who work at newspapers are not interested in genealogy unless
it's an employee (like me) who does this as a hobby. It's not that
they don't want to help, it's that they have to get a newspaper out,
and there are deadlines to meet in order to get that paper printed
and out the door to a customer's door by 6 a.m. We're a daily
newspaper, so we have to do this every day with a staff that could
use a lot more people. Since it sounds like it's been
quite awhile since you last wrote to them, perhaps you should try again.

Cathy Wesemann
Belleville, St. Clair, IL

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