The surnames above are "mine" in Devon.
Also - just a quick note about the DHFS v internet:
- I subscribe to this e-mail list now and again, use GENUKI, am due to do
a little bit towards the Devon 1891 Census indexing project, AND I'm a
member of the DFHS - 10754. I believe Bob Muchamore and others also come
into this category?
I personally need reminding about good ideas such as those below sometime.
I tend to get a bit busy and forget things but I certainly take on board
that it's worth mentioning the web benefits to the DHFS (although not a
members' postal address/ tel no. list on the web).
I live fairly near London, so the main DHFS benefits for me are the
quarterly magazine and the services advertised therein. (and maybe a
Summer Holiday in Devon!)
Membership subs for the DHFS are due in January- £10 per year including
mags. For what it's worth, I intend renewing my membership.
Sue Nash (nee GREENWAY)
From: Brian Randell <Brian.Randell(a)newcastle.ac.uk>
To: DEVON-L(a)rootsweb.com Date: 29 November 1999 13:07
Subject: Re: Devon FHS
At 10:38 am -0400 24/11/99, Dick Bolt wrote:
>I have felt for a long time it is a shame we here on the Internet are
>what the FHS members know and vis-versa. How can we bring these
>data together ?
>Joining the DFHS never seemed like a logical option to me. It was costly
>expations of ever seeing something usefull in a publication was
>went over to research & was in Exeter, the research facilities of
>Devon Family Record Office was more than enough for the time I had. I had
>considered joining during trip over. There also was a meeting in
>I could have gone to, but missed.
The above is one of a number of messages recently that have discussed the
Devon FHS. The trouble is that as far as I'm aware nobody from the Devon
FHS subscribes to this list and passes relevant items on to the Committee.
This is a great pity, and will I hope change before long. However, I would
claim that the annual subscription is in fact quite modest, the Society has
created a number of valuable indexes and provides a (postal) lookup service
that anyone researching Devon could find very useful, and has a regular
journal, so I urge all subscribers to this list to consider joining - to me
this *is* a logical option. (Incidentally, the Society has just announced
that it is producing a baptisms index for all parishes that are not
included in the IGI.)
I admit that it is undoubtedly the case that distant members do not get as
much value from membership as local ones. However the way to change that is
to have many more people who are actively researching Devon from afar join
the Society, and make clear by letters to the Chairman and the Editor of
the Journal that (i) they are joining in the hope, indeed expectation, that
the Society will make full use of the Internet in future, and (ii) that
such developments would be a strong encouragement to their continuing their
membership. Such an expression of hope would of course carry much more
weight if it was accompanied by an offer to take an active part in any
future Society projects, such as indexing or transcribing, that have been
designed so as to enable distant members to participate using the Internet.
(It might also help to educate the Society if people sending such letters
also indicated the benefits they already get from this mailing list, and
other online services, such as GENUKI.)
Dept. of Computing Science, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE1 7RU, UK
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