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Family Reunion-historians

Help me y'all!! It has taken me years to amass documents, evidence of existance, new pairs of eye glasses and attending workshops to find out who my peeps were. Oh and I forgot them pain pills ;) .
Don't you just love it when someone from another family for the coming year, comes to you and ask you to get ALL of their family stuff together and help them put together a book with information instead of pictures. Many of these books, from their past reunions, DO NOT name each picture from their past, because EVERYBODY accept the next generation know these folks. Well I ask them how?

Then the golden words ANCESTRY.COM 14 day trial for free--I couldn't find my people. I tell them-that's because no one has done any research to post it here. Why don't you start by joining the 1 year package they offer. They don't want to do that-spend money.

When they see this WHODYTYA programs folks should understand, this is not done for free in an hour on a computer Lordy!! What you see is only a little bit of those families history, not the whole story.

FAMILY HISTORIANS--start doing your homework NOW. Learn how to do this by visiting your Library Special Collections Section OR follow the steps on Afrigeneas Forum here. You can't do this without learning where to start. 'Rome was not built in a Day'. Your family history is a lot more important than typing information on this keyboard and getting answers. It is still LIVING. Even visiting SLC Utah will not get you FREE answers IF you have not done your homework. And if you can tell us-'well all you have to do is go on the internet and find my peoples information'--why don't you do it?
THIS IS NOT A FREE RIDE. Just traveling to get information will cost you a minimum of $1000. And check in advance the hours and dates the Court houses, or Archives you are visiting will be open during your stay. % working business days still may not be long enough to do research if you have your research plan.

Car Rental and gas
Cost of copies for your documents
Phone cell cost
YOUR TIME all the time
And know this, some archives will not allow you to take pictures of documents or use a wan to scan information. You must order them and wait to get them in the mail. OR you can sit there and write everything you see for future use. And above all...DO NO HARM. In other words when you find 'dirt' that may harm the living, do not include it in the reunion booklet, but somewhere else safe. Don't even talk about it.

And if you attend a Genealogy workshop out of your area the cost of the conference-can be $350 plus luncheon and banquet cost. The best part is classes per day all day are free unless the society charges for their more popular classes. But that cost is up to you.
I will admit here..I will give out 'incorrect information' to the family gossiper in order to tear down a brick wall one stone at a time. They always have to 'correct me' and then I innocently say 'I didn't know that, note privately who told me what and move on. Works everytime.'

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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