I have an IOPENER which allows me to do e-mail and surf some of the net. This is really all I want or need being an old-fashioned researcher. Since I was born with the travel gene, I just go to the source and hit courthouses, archives, libraries, and peoples' fron doors. I love to feel the old books in my hand and find loose files with wonderful secrets.
The Mormoms have done an excellent job of microfilming courthouse.records and for this they need to be commemded. However, they turned right around and started those undocumented family group sheets at least back to the 1960's which have really set genealogy back since they were never documented or proven to be correct. Now, that they are online with that type of info, the genealogical world has been set back and in some instances destroyed.
I find very few researchers who are willing to leave the comforts of their homes with the advent of the computer. Yes, I know that it does take time and money to travel However, I also know that with a computer my 5 years of documentation have been trashed by the same invention. Yes, even the GenForum and Rootsweb have their drawbacks. Too many of the new researchers take everything from the net as gospel and do not use it as a source to be researched. I am finding that many of them do not have the slightest idea as to how to reasearch. The librians are telling me the same thing. People accept the net as the authority for their families. They only want to use the computer facilities and CD-ROMS.And, you would not believe howa many say they got all of their familiy off the net.
Another online item that concerns the Rogers family is the use of the J. Montgomery Seaver book as a reference. It has been referred to as the source of Doswell Rogers. I was finally able to purchase a copy in 1972. It contained nothing related to Doswell. This book is now online and Rogers researchers are being told to check in out.I got put down when I suggested it wasn't much more than what that surname book company has been turning out in IN for 30 years.
The Mormons are accepting everything without regard as to how it was formulated. People have changed many things in my book that were documentd and it now zips around the world in shambles. I really don't understand why it was changed. And they won't let you fix it even if you have the documents in your hand. That is not sound genealogy and I can't forgive them for wrecking my hard work.
That is my soapbox sermon for the day.
So, if you should happen across the secret of the Rogers in Halifax or Lunenburg give me a shout and I shall do the same.
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