Nancy, some of us have no faith in Facebook!
On 31/10/2019 1:59 pm, Nancy Frey wrote:
Right On! Paul.
Of course FMP is also part of the Ancestry group of companies, so you
are just paying an extra fee for what you used to get with your
The demise of the traffic on the Rootsweb Lists came about when they
went absent for some time. Devon is one of the few that has any
activity these days. The Rootsweb Lists including this one are still
owned and operated by Ancestry and it mystifies me as to why the
members are still posting here rather than joining me and the members
of the DFHS on their Facebook page.
Windsor, ON, Canada
OPC for Ansford & Castle Cary, Somerset
On Wed, Oct 30, 2019 at 8:20 PM Paul Hockie via DEVON
> one is
> I first transcribed for a society in the early nineties and have taken part in a
number of projects since, including the NBI and the National Archives (who issue a list of
conventions to be used for names, places and legibility that make searching easier). Each
of these was carefully managed and controlled. Yes there were mistakes but every effort
was made to ensure high quality. Nobody is criticising the work of FHS volunteers. The
works of Fursden, Philimore and others are also worthy of praise. The issue is that much
indexing over the last few years has been outsourced to prisons, overseas call centres and
the like. The problem is exacerbated by FMP et al. There are entries on FMP that have no
information including no names and the image is a blank page or the film header. Events
that are in the index 6 or more times. The search engines are designed on the google
principle of quantity over quality. There are entries that just give a name with no
indication where it came from.
FamilySearch announced that they were going to index thousands of films over a few
years and FMP announced they would release 1m entries every week. Quality went out of the
> Volunteers good - FMP etc. bad.
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