My thanks to Mr. Krupnak for most appreciated help with an inscription
of a Russian gravestone in Cyrillic lettering which was found in
Luxembourg. It is quite wonderful that we were able to help one
another here, and this cooperation is what rootsweb lists are all
about. Thanks you so much, Lavrentyi, the translation is now on the
way back to Luxembourg; it was in my file for a long, long time and
without your help, it would still be "sitting there".
Sometimes, when you do not see many posting on our List here,
we are probably busy with projects; all of us are working away on our
tasks, until a question arises, we cannot solve by ourselves.
Requestors for translations should recognize that sometimes there is a
lot of time involved, so please check with the individuals from whom
you request assistance if they can do the project for you or not. For
instance: Mr. Krupnak will charge for extended Russian texts which
require a lot of time. And I have done the same in the past in
cooperation with Mr. Frank Soural, where an ancient legal document
needed to be transcribed and translated. It took us weeks to complete
with many hours of corrective exchanges until this ancient handwriting
was deciphered and presented a contractual testament. It helped the
family to establish the extent of their possessions.
Fees donated to the translator are rarely kept by him/her, as
there are many other projects requiring money. Be it for acquiring
reference books to share and to helps us all, or, for instance, as a
further donation to a worth while project. Frank Soural and I have
donated the fee we collected to the German Bohemian Society for the
publication of Mr. Kretsch's dialectic book. So you see, this needs
to be understood and respected, and let us get this self help going,
as it is for the best of reasons. It is even better, when you can
trade documents or discs, for a like equivalent, or if you have
something the other needs in mutual reciprocation.
With the holiday period arriving, the List will be more "quiet"
now because everyone is busy with other projects; but we will meet
again when discussions are required to unravel a mystery. It is
particularly helpful if we support cross-listing among the various
nations of the old Austrian Hungarian Empire (and their individual
Lists) because their homelands are now strewn over many different
European countries. Often, it is harder to get information from
Europe than from the Rootsweb lists which are zooming in on the
Good hunting to all. There are many Sherlock Holmes and Miss
Marples out there. Keep going, it is NEVER too late!