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A gentle reminder to helpers

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Sharon Report 16 Apr 2013 20:52

Thank you all so much for the warm welcome and offers of help!

I have just worked out how to find the posts I had previously commented on, so only just seen your kind responses :-D

Will now be cracking on with my tree as much as possible!

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 10 Apr 2013 21:03

Please remember, by offering your help privately to a searcher and not encouraging them to stay on the boards you MAY be limiting their chance of finding information.


SylviaInCanada Report 10 Apr 2013 20:39

let's try to keep this in view


SylviaInCanada Report 10 Apr 2013 05:20



SylviaInCanada Report 7 Apr 2013 04:22

some good advice on this thread


MarieCeleste Report 5 Apr 2013 18:57

Hi Sharon, as the others have said - one of the best aspects of this site is the help you get on the boards. There are all types of people who help out (we're all members like yourself) with a wide variety of skills and access to information (not to mention diversity of personalities!)

Look forward to any challenge you might want to put our way. This thread is very helpful about how to start the process


Gins Report 5 Apr 2013 17:03

Hi Sharon

Welcome to the 'Mad House' ;-)


Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 5 Apr 2013 16:23

Welcome Sharon :-)

The help on here is tremendous, when I first joined I really hadn't a clue where info could be found and what was available.

Putting a plea for help on Find Ancestors can really break down walls even for those who have been doing genealogy for some time, for instance even though I knew where and how to look I might never have found the family on a census mistranscribed Shetonan instead of Whetman had it not been for others helping :-)


GlitterBaby Report 5 Apr 2013 15:24


It is the helpers that make this site with all the information they can find for other members who are struggling with their research.

So many of us use different sites so what one does not find then perhaps another one will.



Sharon Report 5 Apr 2013 15:18

Wow! I am a newbie and just ploughing through the boards as my starting points. I didn't realise people actually helped!! So glad I joined this site now, with not many living relatives left I was feeling a bit alone but I now have a new sense of motivation. Thank you! :-D


SylviaInCanada Report 4 Apr 2013 19:05

we all make mistakes sometimes.

None of us is infallible ................. and no-one should consider themselves infallible.

Every bit of information that any of us finds should ALWAYS be doubly, or even triple, checked before being adding to your tree ............... preferably by buying as many certificates as you can afford.

Posting on the open thread, with other helpers around, is one means of checking that what one person suggests MIGHT be correct ................ but does not mean that doing your own checking can be avoided.


Gins Report 2 Apr 2013 21:26

I cannot stand PM's and only send them if the information is sensitive and/or recent events.

Working with other fellow researchers is fun and much more reliable information is gathered, rather than as Rose states, just one person's conclusion

There are a lot of good researchers on here but I have seen one or two, post total 'twaddle' Let's hope they don't PM on a regular basis :-0


patchem Report 2 Apr 2013 21:22

If one is a 'researcher' one is prepared to face public scrutiny of one's research.
That is how it works in science, and should work elsewhere.
Keeping things private may be very satisfying, but it has little value until it has been examined by others.
If it can be looked at by peers and not found lacking, then one can feel pride in a job well done.
Without that process being undertaken it is not research, just a hobby.


MarieCeleste Report 2 Apr 2013 20:14

Just another thought ....

I know exactly who Sylvia is referring to and agree that she's one of the best researchers I've seen and I certainly learned a lot from her. The good thing was that she explained how she arrived at information and what prompted her to look at different aspects of a query. If someone posted duff info she'd explain why it was.

My point is that if someone considers themself a really good researcher then why would they not want to share their expertise?


MarieCeleste Report 2 Apr 2013 20:01

I do know from a couple of pms I've exchanged with people that I've helped that they've been given information that was never posted on the boards and one said they'd received a suggestion that they delete their thread. There are obviously some researchers with over-inflated egos!

People have quite a few times asked me to undertake research for them as I've found stuff they'd been looking for years for, and twice I found stuff that paid researchers didn't. But I have always told them to start a thread on the boards, that I'd look at it along with everyone else and pointed out that they'd miss out on a variety of expertise.


SylviaInCanada Report 2 Apr 2013 19:34

Good points!

I love working with others, and seeing how someone can see something that I've missed.

I remember one person who I thought was one of the best helpers who had an incredible ability to see "outside the box". It was amazing how she could spot the "oddity" in what had been posted by others, turn it around 90 degrees, and come up with an unexpected but correct answer! I miss her on here ........ but fortunately she is still helping others elsewhere.

Does anyone remember back to the days before 2007, when Finding Ancestors was NOT threaded? All responses had to be sent by pm to the requester.

I would come on here around 8 or 9 pm UK time, and there would be all these new requests for help. Lovely!!!!!

I would beaver away for hours and hours, gather loads and loads of information, and send pm after pm to the poster ................... 'cos there was only so much you could put into a pm before it refused to accept any more.

I've sometimes wondered just how many pms were received by the requesters in those days :-D


CupCakes Report 2 Apr 2013 15:13

GlitterBaby I have never thought of reading your reseach notes until just now when you mentioned it. It is long text and I just took it to be personal stuff :-D


GlitterBaby Report 2 Apr 2013 13:34

Good points have been made.

More heads are better than one as we all look for information in a different way which can give surprising results and can sometimes give the right info needed to crack a brick wall.

As already said buying the certs is needed to confirm any info that the helpers find.

BUT do members ever read anything such as my comments in the research box under this reply ?

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 2 Apr 2013 13:30

I've had a few Jan :-) Most have been when I have posted a reply with info and they have thanked me by PM and asked if I can find anything further. On a few I have been able to find 'extras', direct them to possible sources that I have come across that might be less obvious, or given general advice on searching.

I remember one of the best (imo) researchers on here, regularly came back to a query with more info on a search, and was never averse to looking at alternatives posted by other members even if they contradicted what she had found..... that's how the board works best I think.

Sometimes one sees threads being deleted because 'everything has been found'...I do wonder if that is the case, or whether leaving the thread open might have lead to more info being found and added later.


Penny Report 2 Apr 2013 13:23

Many heads are always better than one.

On another level, its irritating to spend time looking for asomething. post it, only to tecieve a private message saying ''so and so has already sent me this information''

access to info we might have - crystal balls are rarer