David Rowlands <drowlan1(a)bigpond.net.au> write:
Like Jill, I tried writing to the vicar too, but in my case to see if he
knew anything of a predecessor of his..... Sadly, I got no reply. But
Gerry's right, helping with genealogy isn't a vicar's primary duty!
Whether or not a vicar sees it as his duty to help with your genealogy is
not the point. It is surely a matter of common courtesy to respond to a
letter, especially if it is accompanied by a reply-paid envelope.
No matter to whom one has written, I think one is entitled to expect a
reply, even if it merely says "Sorry, I can't help".
Back in June, with the permission of the local vicar, I took some
photographs of a church "somewhere in Wales". A few weeks later, as a way of
thanking him for his co-operation, I sent the vicar a selection of high
quality colour enlargements of the photos of his church. This was nearly
three months ago, and to date I have heard not a dicky bird in response!
Admittedly, I did not ask him any questions, but I would have thought a note
of thanks would have been in order.
John Ball, Ystalyfera, South Wales, UK
Images of Wales: http://home.clara.net/wfha/walespic/
Welsh Family History Archive: http://home.clara.net/wfha/wales/
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