When the second new Dade County History book was advertised on the Dade County Rootsweb List, I responded with a warning to people not to prepurchase a copy. I gave a brief history of how many of us had sent in our money and never received a book due to the confusion surrounding the change of publishers and death of Sue.
Sue was a very nice and helpful person. I never accused her of wrongdoing. However I was verbally attacked by members of the list and even banned from the list discussion, simply for warning people to wait until the book is actually available before purchasing a copy.
Technically no one is supposed to sell or advertise on the lists. They allowed both for the first new Dade County History book and many of us were burned. When we asked about the status over the years, we were told it wasnít appropriate to do so on the list. OK they broke the rules by allowing it in the first place, but we arenít allowed to ask what happened to our money or to warn others? That just isnít right.
I also asked if the submissions for the first new book were being used in the second new book. No one has bothered to respond to that one either.
I have long since given up trying to get hold of anyone in the Dade County Historical Society. I thought about contacting the local authorities to track down our money, but that would have caused problems for Sueís family and I just couldnít bring myself to do that.
I regret not contacting Rootsweb about the list mismanagement. I still feel that under the circumstances, they should run a formal apology to everyone that lost money and enforce the no ad rule in the future.
I hope you have better luck, than I did, finding a responsible person to answer your questions concerning the new Dade County History books.
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