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Subject: Re: [TMG] Questionable trees?
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2010 07:42:33 +0000 (UTC)
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My thinking is this...

Unpublished research is just so much wasted work unless you absolutely know for a fact that there is someone who *will* continue it.

Since most of us don't have that assurance then our only recourse, if we want our work to survive, is publish and distribute our work as far and wide as often as we possibly can- even if it means doing less research to get the publishing and distribution done.

No- it isn't a pleasant thought; but it is the reality.

"Hitch not the Chariot of State to the twin steeds of Government and Religion, for down that path lies chaos"
Leto II

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rick Van Dusen" <>
Sent: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 6:04:53 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: Re: [TMG] Questionable trees?

The only spot where I question your approach, Bobbie, is in not printing
your "LINK" tag.

Teresa, as you say, it'll be a while (if ever) before somebody does
anything with your TMG files (if, in fact, they don't just go out the
door with your "surplus" computer). True for too many of us.

Therefore, All, we need to create means of saving this stuff--all our
hard work--for those who come behind us. (We can only hope someone will.)

My whole "permanence" philosophy hinges on the question: "If in fact
someone picks this up, what will s/he have to work with?" My goal is
that whoever picks up my work will be able to continue from where I left
off. (Facts, conjectures, stone walls, aliens, and source citations all
in a decipherable order. No re-checking of facts needed, let alone
re-finding of facts.)

To me that means some commonly readable format: Paper reports, SS or
.pdf files on CD, anything so that when I'm gone, anyone can figure it
out without special training or special knowledge.

Online is good as far as it goes. It's available to others, and
hopefully in a form those others can work with. But what will happen to
it when I'm gone? Is it on a site that will go away when I'm no longer
"paying the rent"? Is it on a site that anybody who would care about my
family would be able to locate?

How about a local library? Some will gladly accept locally-relevant
genealogies. Genealogy-minded cousins are probably the best "repository"
for my "back-up copies". Now, I'm in good shape in some areas; I have
two cousins using TMG, so project sharing works well. I'm due (I'm
realizing as I write this) to get text copies to other cousins.

This is a subject well worth thinking about. We've each been working
hard to find all this family history; it would be a tragedy for it to go
with us to our graves!

Bobbie Hall wrote:
> Hi Teresa,
> I suspect we all have at least one or two alien-ship riding ancestors. I
> have 3 that I've worked on for years with little or no success.
> I have a tag, LINK, which I use to do just that... Link likely suspects in
> the parent/child relationship, or any other relationship I stumble upon
> which *suggests* a blood relationship, such as a census that says John Smith
> is a nephew of Mary Baker, or a land deed or other document that gives a
> hint but no definition of the relationship. Using this LINK tag, I don't
> create a relationship tag, but just a tag to show me (or those that will
> hopefully pick up after my demise) that I suspect there is some blood shared
> between the two people. I then cite any sources that I've encountered which
> support my theory for the relationship. And add copious notes in the memo
> field. This obviously is not a tag that I allow to print anywhere, as it's
> really just for my use in research until I find something more concrete.
> Cheers!
> Bobbie Hall
> Chicago
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Teresa Elliott" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010 4:14 PM
> Subject: [TMG] Questionable trees?
>> Okay if I died tomorrow, what I have online is probably all the genealogy
>> that would ever leave my computer. I don't see my husband taking up the
>> hobby and my kids don't really show an interest and if they did, it would
>> be
>> a while before they'd have time to really learn TMG and get into it.
>> But I am working on a line where let's face it, the links are at best
>> GUESSES. I am trying to prove the links and I am doing everything in TMG
>> possible to document that this information is just that an educated guess
>> (or heck a whim at the moment), but I tend to work on one of these type
>> lines for a while until as Hubby says the good light wears off and then I
>> work on another where there's good light and I am making progress on some,
>> but others will always be brick walls.
>> My question is, how do you convey to your reader and even yourself in TMG
>> that links you are making aren't true links, but temporary links you are
>> making until you can prove otherwise.
What do you do when you have a link that isn't proven and
>> you
>> are working on several possible ancestors at once? Or am I the only
>> person
>> out there whose ancestors were placed by alien ships under rocks in the
>> middle of the night and told to tell nothing about themselves?
>> Teresa Elliott
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