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    1. [GERMANS-WI] Positive follow-up on messaging online trees ...
    2. Gary Rebholz
    3. I'm grateful to GERMANS-WI listers about their experiences with research found online and the difficulty to get changes made. I have long-standing examples of that too. Some general statistics from my "challange" effort: from January 1-28 I've sent 178 messages and received 76 replies regarding Public Member Trees. Nearly 100% of responses were positive. This is a good project to recommend in any local research community. One example: the toughest "sell" remains getting multiple tree owners to correct a maiden name quoted from a husband's 1868 obituary from Margarethe "Andrea" to "Endress". Better misspellings of the Endress name like "Enderes" are found in Waukesha, WI baptism records. It's "Endress" in Bavarian church records at Also, Margarethe gained a fictional birthplace when someone matched the "Andrea" surname in Ancestry's German records. I chose this example to follow on a surname hunch. One old Waukesha County church is an example of chain and caravan migration of multiple families from the villages of the Erlangen-Hochstädt District in Bavaria; including my Rauh ancestor and 2 siblings. Here are a couple of quotes from among the 76 replies: - From a German: "...It is the first time that someone has written to me. Most of the time, people don't want contact ..." - "I guess I didn't quite have his first name typed in correctly. :) Thank you for this information." - "Thank for the heads up! If you provide her real parents names..." - "Vielen Dank für Ihre Informationen..." - "I had no idea their names! You helped me break my brick wall..." - "I've made the change..thank you..." - " Done. Thank you very much for letting me know. " One person who remains reluctant to make a change wrote: "Well thanks for the information and your opinion" Both Ancestry and now Findagrave have members that post to be helpful, but without even general source information included. Count-down: this list shuts down 2 Mar 2020!

    01/28/2020 08:55:35