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Re:Find Ancestors : Help for WDYTYA

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 Lindsey*

Lindsey* Report 25 Feb 2012 12:31

Gins I think it begs the question where have they looked to be so thrilled will the reply, stuff like that is on the web all day long ?

Island

Island Report 25 Feb 2012 12:24

But people, what GR are offering is a only demonstration of how interested parties can post inquiries on their site and get helpful responses, not a full blown history of who they are looking for. It is just a taster to reel in new PAID members - nothing wrong with that as they are a business not a cosy chit-chatty set up or local family history society.

The idea is for visitors to GRs stand to post a message then when they get home to look at any responses and think 'wow' I must join up and see what further help I can get.

I think it's great that some have given their time to help if that is want they enjoy doing but remember that the poster still has to join up to respond.

Gins

Gins Report 24 Feb 2012 15:17

http://www.genesreunited.co.uk/boards.page/board/ancestors/thread/1293183

Now thats not ambiguous is it!

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 24 Feb 2012 15:11

Just :-| because time has been wasted.

WayneTracey

WayneTracey Report 24 Feb 2012 14:56

This was my fear....

They are business people, background people...not fully fledged users of this site. GR staff are not grass roots researchers... they are proving this right now.

They would have been better to offer people, like those here, a years free subs in return for some time on the stand actually promoting the site rather than proving it's failings??

That's why i suggetsed a discussion forum/email approach. Just because they built the site (sorry bought it and maintain it) doesn't mean they know what they are doing!!!

Well i got mocked for my opinions....

T x

Flick

Flick Report 24 Feb 2012 13:43

Is there anyone from GR on their stand who has even the slightest experience of doing FH research?

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 24 Feb 2012 13:17

"have a letter from the Salvation Army indicating that their putative grand father was Thomas Arnold of 7 Belgrave Street. They would like to prove that he was their grand father "

- what cause do they have to disbelieve The Salvation Army's research?

Flick

Flick Report 24 Feb 2012 13:14

I thought Mr Moir was going to ensure that all necessary info was included in requests he put on the boards.........

Not if the following is an example!

I have a couple of sisters here, Barbara and Beryl Thackwell, who have a letter from the Salvation Army indicating that their putative grand father was Thomas Arnold of 7 Belgrave Street. They would like to prove that he was their grand father and are considering simple DNA family match test. We are looking for possible descendants who would be willing to help.

Posted by Phil Moir (GR) at WDYTYA

BTW.......there are no births on freebmd for the names of the ladies in question

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 24 Feb 2012 12:21

No response to Tracey's queries, pity that.


"The posts are most likely to be calling on your expertise of the records and general family history knowledge.

Are GR only allowing people to look at GR's site?"

- re the latter, possibly in order to promote the site.

Flick

Flick Report 24 Feb 2012 12:15

From GR's earlier post

. There will be 8 other laptops available and all the records are free to view on the day, so it will be unlikely you will be asked to do basic look-ups. The posts are most likely to be calling on your expertise of the records and general family history knowledge.

Are GR only allowing people to look at GR's site?

Flick

Flick Report 24 Feb 2012 11:12

Check this one out as well

http://www.genesreunited.co.nz/boards.page/board/living_relatives/thread/1293155

Mr Moir needs a crash course in how to post a request

Flick

Flick Report 24 Feb 2012 11:08

It seems GR staff don't even know what's on their own site

http://www.genesreunited.co.nz/boards.page/board/living_relatives/thread/1293151

WayneTracey

WayneTracey Report 23 Feb 2012 23:52

There ya go...

http://www.genesreunited.co.uk/boards.page/board/ancestors/thread/1155839

T x

WhiffingSiggs

WhiffingSiggs Report 23 Feb 2012 23:45

Cheers, will do :-)

WayneTracey

WayneTracey Report 23 Feb 2012 23:40

Kevin.... you've given me a genius idea...

I might have to ask about Norman Eedle and his Haystack :-D

If you search on here for Norman Eedle, you'll see what i mean.... make sure you have a cuppa tea in hand and 20 mins spare...it's a hilarious read ;-)


T x

WhiffingSiggs

WhiffingSiggs Report 23 Feb 2012 23:33

I'm busy making up 127 fake IDs so I can ask lots of questions about Charles Matthew Siggs :-)

Reggie

Reggie Report 23 Feb 2012 22:25

I, for one, will not get involved with helping on these posts, as I feel it's likely to be chaotic.

SylviaInCanada

SylviaInCanada Report 23 Feb 2012 21:02

we hope!!!!!!

Joy Kentish Maid

Joy Kentish Maid Report 23 Feb 2012 21:02

I think it would be helpful to have a response to Tracey's queries.

+++DetEcTive+++

+++DetEcTive+++ Report 23 Feb 2012 21:00

Re-reading the annoucement, and taking into consideraton WayneTracey's comments -

The author is going to be WDYTYAlive(star), but the subject title (with staff guidance, hopefully) will be 'looking for Aunty Flo' or similar. Every thread created at the show ought to have a slightly different title and be relatively easy for the poster to find.