Thankyou for your very thoughtful and valuable comments.
>I'm excited by this list.>>
Hurrah! Comments like that make it all worth while and as I said in the
first message here, we owe Geoff a big thankyou on that one.
>Firstly - the building itself is important. We've already had
like lifts, need to think about fire escapes and saving the data etc. in
case of problems.<<
Interesting comment. A number of us have been to see several buildings and
each is looking from a different point of view, but that is the first time
I have heard fire escapes mentioned! I am not saying we would even
consider a building without one, just that I haven't heard it mentioned!
>I was always quite happy with the current location (being close to
station) and don't understand the comments about north and south of the
river - what ever happened to changing lines ???<<
Just a bit of friendly banter between Barney and I! It is something we all
joke about - all wanting the new building close to our own main line
station! Changing lines does get a little tedious, especially after a long
Committee Meeting and can be the difference between catching or missing a
last train. One recent meeting went on until 21:50 and had I gone by
public transport to my main line station (changing trains once to get
there) I would have missed the 22:22 train and had to wait until 23:15
getting home at midnight! I live 43 miles from the SOG and there are those
who travel much further.
>I used to have to change about three times to get to school
years ago, surely it is still possible)? <<
I don't know how old you are, but I am sure that life on the streets was
much safer then. As an elderly female I am well aware of my vulnerability
in this respect. It doesn't bother me, but there are many people of my
age, men too, who don't want to be in London once it gets dark.
>renting it out to the business community would be a certain means
income, but not
obviously easy to advertise and manage.<<
I think it would mainly be to FAmily History Organisations and our current
lecture room is hired out in this way and we have so many bookings that it
is often to fit in a late meeting of our own!
>I would need an idea of attendance before commenting on layout
At present the maximum we can squeeze in (are insured for) is 100. For
some meetings we could have well over that, but people stay away because
the conditions are not as good as they might be.
>I know that I don't need a microphone,<<
Neither do I, but there are certainly those who do (and who won't admit it!
> but it is always more comfortable to have one -<<
Only if it is a radio mike. I can't bear being tethered to a wire, ir
chained to a stand mike! As soon as you turn away to change a
transparency, your voice is lost.
>this is not an expensive item, so worth the investment.<<
We already have a radio mike. We also have a VGA overhead projection panel
which we use extensively. A video projector would be MUCH better, but they
are very expensive.
>As for providing the computer, software, etc. this would be a
as so many people use so many different programs.<<
A number of us have ZIP drives and could easily connect those to an 'in
situ' computer if the program/data was not on that machine.
>It would be enough to supply a 'VGA' projector, than
projects the laptop
screen onto the screen.<<
SOMEONE has to supply the computer to 'drive' it. For most occasions, I
can use my laptop, but last week I was doing a course on scanning and had
to take my desk-top machine since mine is not a parallel port scanner.
That means driving into London and even with a parallel port scanner, I
could not manage laptop and scanner on the train. It also means
disconnecting 13 wires from my computer, connecting most of them back up
again when I get there, disconnecting them all when I have finished and
reconnecting them again when I get home. Remember this is all voluntary
and as I am a member of the Executive Committee and therefore a Trustee, I
am not allowed to receive a fee for lecturing.
>Obviously a slide and overhead projector should be SoG assets (if
We already have those.
>I think a trip to other genealogical societies (virtual trip, by
would work well too) to see what they do, and what they have learned
through experience would be invaluable.<<
An excellent idea. Thanks for suggesting it - one often overlooks the
>I also think that an internet room would be an expensive waste of
Not necessarily as we would be deriving income from it, or may be able to
do it as a franchise.
>Better would be to provide a few payphone access points for
users, and perhaps a special connection account that could be rented by the
half hour max two computers.<<
That is an excellent idea also.
>I'm sorry that my company couldn't offer any serious
sponsorship. But on
a personal level I'd be happy to contribute to a new
building. Put me down
on 'the list'.<<
That is wonderful. We will put you on the list of potential donors.
In fact, this is another area where we need everyone's ideas. It has been
suggested that those who contribute a 'significant' sum should be
'honoured' in some way. Suggestions so far are maybe a room or piece of
equipment bearing their name or maybe a 'roll of honour' displayed
> I think that having the societies data on disk would be a
resource .................. Let's go for it.<<
All of us who are computer users think it is a wonderful idea too, but a
little voice keeps nagging away at me saying, "But who is going to do it?"
As far as staff are concerned, they are all fully stretched at the moment.
It is possible to have volunteers going in to do it, but they need
training. And in any case, volunteers are not always forthcoming - we
could do with a few more at the moment for checking the output from the
Library Cataloguing project.
There is an upside to this though, and that is that if scanned material can
be uploaded, we might get many more volunteers to index it, either by
downloading and OCRing it or by typing in from a printed copy, or the image
on the screen. It is something that people could do anywhere in the world
and it is far better to have someone indexing a Parish Register from an
area they are interested in - they will recognise the names and places more
>I strongly believe that the UK needs to catch up, and hopefully
the US on electronic publishing in the field of genealogy.<<
I think you are preaching to the converted here! <g>
> I love the data being available, e.g. database searches. But once
found something, I want more details, and this is not always available in
keyword on-line search. <<
That is one of the advantages of subscribing to mailing lists. There are
often people local to those records who may look them up for you - maybe on
a reciprocal basis.
> Is there any way that we could offer ftp type downloads of such
a pay per MB basis (advance payment credits!). However, to get access to
good UK data I for one would accept an annual subscription.<<
This is one of our long term goals, but first we have to have the material
in a form which is suitable for that kind of thing and that is a far more
labour intensive job.
>Note: as far as selling iced water to Eskimos is concerned
..................... So don't give up
See! You have proved it can be done!! <g>
~~ Jeanne Bunting (nee Attersley) Ash Vale, Surrey, UK