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An alternate view
Posted by: Lee Nelson Date: May 29, 2000 at 23:03:33
In Reply to: Re: FTMers Beware - You may be next by Don Ferguson of 11492

Hi all,

First off I'm not employed by any of the affected companies and these are just my thoughts and should be taken as no more.

UFT, Legacy and TMG live in a niche market, providing advanced software for middle level to professional genealogists. (That'd be US folks!)

While our numbers are growing, they are still limited, especially when considering the crowd that does "Internet Genealogy."

I wonder then, if it wouldn't make good sense for a company whose main focus is Online Products and Services to divest itself of what is essentially a single user program for a niche market client base. This notion is brought into even sharper focus when one considers the time and expense required to bring updated versions to market.

The other side of this coin is US. The most affected is of course the UFT user, but the users of the two other software products are affected as well because the competition has been cut by a third. TMG seems at current to reaping the benefits of UFT's demise, but over the long run one has to wonder if the competition would not have reaped even greater benefits for the user base as a whole.

I think that we (as mid level to professional genealogists) need to impress upon the beginners with which we come in contact that "real" genealogy is not done on the internet. The internet world IS AT BEST ONLY a resource of finding aids, secondary information and an excellent way to make contact with those of common interests. "Real" genealogy gets it's data from as close to the original source as possible. "Real" genealogy is hours of painstaking evaluation and analysis of that data.

By doing this, we rightly and openly question the veracity of data found on the internet and does that not call into question, companies that seek to make a profit by providing "Online Genealogical Goods and Services?"

Just my thoughts...
Lee


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