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Re: Remember When Genealogy ...
Posted by: Betty (ID *****9989) Date: February 11, 2009 at 10:00:59
In Reply to: Re: Remember When Genealogy ... by Sherry Marshall of 4315

Dear Sherry,

I'm not ignoring you, but am only home for about an hour an then will be out of town until probably Monday afternoon. My aged mother fell again about 1 am today. She's fallen many times before but only got bruises and scapes, thank goodness, and once two broken ribs. This time she hit her chin straight down on a dresser and broke her jaw. She is all wired up and madder than an old wet hen that they took a tooth out of her dentures so she can sip through a straw.

It is not an easy thing to take on the big boys. It doesn't happen overnight, and its a lot of hard work. We can't just make allegations, we have to have some proof. I call it backup. It takes a lot of people, too. It's kind of like packing the court room. I've been giving them a piece of my mind for several years, but I'm just one person, and they don't pay me any attention. But if a couple of hundred people told them the same thing, at almost the same time, they'd get the idea.

In my mind, the first thing to do is to make a list of what we want to see changed, and why, and collect examples. If you have any ideas about how to get the changes accomplished, note that down, too. Share the list with others who feel the same way. In other words, get organized!

I seldom look at family trees on the internet. Usually only when one of my long-standing acquaintances direct me to a site for some specific reason. I don't have a subscription to Ancestry and haven't had for at least eight years.

I don't know if you have looked at any trees at Rootsweb, but they have something called Post It or Post Em. If you note an error in the information, you can leave a post giving the correct information. Since Rootsweb is owned by the same conglomerate as is Ancestry, they certainly have access to the ability to do the same thing. But since I don't subscribe to Ancestry, I don't know whether they have utilized this ability or not. If not, a campaign to get them to do it might be a good first step toward getting some information corrected, even if the poster is not willing to make changes.

I gotta get moving. I'll talk to you next week.

Happy trails,


P.S.: Also, look at Ancestry's advertisements on TV and note what you might see wrong with any of them. They are spending a bundle on advertising these days.

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