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    1. [PUBLISH-FAMHIST] Researching and Recording
    2. John Ritchings
    3. Greetings The postings below were made another list which inspired this one, but concern the subject matter for this list. The article concerning genealogical research, whilst interesting, appears to me to state the obvious. In any one extended family it is unlikely that no more than two or three persons will be actively researching, but many more members are interested in the fruits of the research. I suspect that future generations will also have an interest in their roots at some point in their lives. For those of us who undertake the family research, it is perhaps behoven upon us to ensure that the work which was undertaken is made available for the family descendants. I take Brian Swann's point that where family histories have been fully and properly completed future genealogists will not have the same rewards as those of us who manually ploughed through the parish records to provide the original research. But how many families can claim that the research is of that standard? How many family trees have been compiled on-line from the various databases that exist? It seems to me, that the challenge for today and the next generation of genealogists is to take their data and validate it. Brian also makes another good point, in that there are now opportunities for more historical research as ancient papers are placed on-line. It is perhaps in this time period where paper and genetic genealogy may begin to come together and open up whole new areas for research. I have limited time. I much prefer to do the research, so I never get around to writing up the research in a comprehensive form to pass on. Has anyone solved that problem? In conclusion, I would thank Marlene for setting up this list. It is long overdue. Regards John Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2013 19:20:08 -0000 From: "Brian Swann" <[email protected]> Subject: Re: [DNA] What to do with your family history To: <[email protected]> Message-ID: <[email protected]> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii" One of the challenges that face folk who have done this hobby for a long time, is that they have covered most of the obvious places to go. So anyone new will find it far more difficult to get the excitement rushes we all got when we felt we were breaking new ground. And it is not half as much fun to put in a few missing dates here and there on an established tree, as to be out with the pioneers clearing through the jungle and the woods to plant the new crops, i.e. make totally new discoveries. So those folk prepared to take over your long-time obsession and fill in the relatively few remaining blanks will usually be pretty rare individuals. It is almost impossible for them to get the gratification you got in doing the original research. Unless they are prepared to take on 16th century palaeography and maybe some Latin too. In which case there are vast fields still awaiting them to be discovered. But unfortunately over here and not over there. Brian -----Original Message----- From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of Bob Cushman Sent: 14 December 2013 17:53 To: [email protected] Subject: Re: [DNA] What to do with your family history Our family history is important to US, which is why we do genealogy research. I have the feeling, though, that we over estimate how important it is to others. Several people who have posted to this list note that their family history books have not sold many copies and/or we have trouble interesting others to pick up where our genealogy work leaves off. This is why the responses to this topic, on this list, are rooted in "preserving" our genealogy work; that is, making sure it isn't lost. All our work represents enormous effort, a kind of sunk cost we hope will be appreciated and not "lost". This link is to an article that makes some WAG assumptions, but helped me better understand the nature of the problem. See: Robert Cushman [email protected]

    12/15/2013 05:01:49
    1. Re: [PUBLISH-FAMHIST] Researching and Recording
    2. Tom Piercy
    3. Hi John, On Sunday, December 15, 2013, 12:01:49 PM, you wrote: [intro snipped] > I have limited time. I much prefer to do the research, so I never > get around to writing up the research in a comprehensive form to > pass on. Has anyone solved that problem? [remainder snipped] This is not 'writing up the research in a comprehensive form' but at the moment I am converting my full research [held in my family history database The Master Genealogist (TMG) with sources] to a blog This is in 'story' format *without* sources. I find that at this stage the next generations are more interested in the family stories than they are in genealogical research carried out to the Genealogical Proof Standarad (GPS) [grin]. I hope that when I have popped my clogs the family stories will have encouraged at least some of them to continue the research to GPS standard - there is lots of work to do to add to my TMG database. To do that all they need is TMG itself, my data, and the enthusiasm and energy (and time!) to continue the work. If anyone reflects interest in a particular story I can send them a fully sourced printout/PDF of the individual or family concerned. Of course fellow-researchers also look for information in this format. On the other hand I find that this makes the average family member recoil with horror - too much, too much! So horses for courses; the first commandment for communication - who is your audience? The other advantage of the blog format is that it can easily (I am told - haven't actually tried it yet!) be converted to printable book format. Google 'blog to book'. I hope this helps. -- Best wishes, Tom

    12/15/2013 08:26:16