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From: "MScheffler" <>
Subject: Re: [ROOTS-L] Advertising Gen. Soc. resources
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 11:00:16 -0400
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Hi Joan,

I don't know why serious researchers would not contact libraries and
historical societies for information on their ancestors whether it be
obituaries or cemetery transcriptions. The topic is certainly discussed
regularly on this and other rootsweb lists.

Hopefully, travelers who come through your community are at least
accessing the information.

My theory is that many people searching online simply want someone to
type back the information in a return email and make little effort to learn
the ins and outs of trying to learn to find things for themselves. The
reason probably goes to their thinking that why write that letter or make
that phone call if I can get someone living in that community to go to the
library and contact me in return.

Perhaps some of us reminding people about ins and outs of research more
frequently "might" give the people brand new to the process something to
think about.

Margaret Scheffler

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joan Bancroft" <>
To: "Roots" <>
Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 9:34 AM
Subject: [ROOTS-L] Advertising Gen. Soc. resources

>I belong to a Genealogical Society/Library in Paradise, California. It's
>in Butte Co.,and is about 10 miles from Oroville, the county seat. It is
>also about the same distance from Chico, the location of California State
>Univ., Chico. Needless to say, in addition to our Library's holdings, we
>have access to the Library at the University and to the records at the
>court house in Oroville.
> My question is this:
> On the Butte Co., Mail list, I have posted messages several times
> suggesting that people contact the Library about records they say they are
> searching for. They don't seem to pay any attention to these posts. I
> have answered people personally and suggested they contact the library and
> they don't respond.
> I have seen messages from others suggesting our Library and people don't
> react to them either
> Can anyone suggest SOMETHING that might get the attention of researchers?
> We are listed on the BUTTE COUNTY GENWEB page and I've also posted on
> ROOTS, and several Message Boards.
> We recently began indexing about 50,000 obits that are housed in card
> files at OUR Library and it seems almost ridiculous to continue if they're
> not going to be used.

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