This was an offering of the kindness of his heart and to send him emails...
It's absolutely nonsense and morally wrong. We encourage people to find
their roots especially where there is so much hurt and then these actions
are preformed. Shame...
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Andrew Rodger
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 9:41 AM
Subject: Re: [SOUTH-AFRICA] Humansdorp Baptism Register.
On 29 Aug 2007, at 6:15 PM, E Teir wrote:
Speaking under correction that the documents is for the public and
belong to a group or individual. If a person offer to do look-ups it
that person offering and the person that asking for the assistance.
did the concept of trading with other people family information
All sorts of things that used to be more or less free are now charged
for. Even where information is in the public domain, one may end up
having to pay for it. For example, the Scottish Records office, under
the name of scotlandspeople, charges for on-line access, under which
you may download pages of Old Parish Registers (of pre-1855 BMD -- B in
this case standing for Baptism, not Birth), each containing three
events, which cost a fixed number of credits each to view, or slightly
more to download; you can buy credits on-line using most credit cards,
and they have a fixed (not very long) validity period.
But while this may seem unreasonable, think for a moment of the time
and labour expended in rendering the records (a) searchable and (b)
downloadable in the form of jpeg files; and then think of the cost of
going to Edinburgh, finding somewhere to park, and spending hours
searching through the stuff without these aids. So some recompense is
not unreasonable -- why should the taxpayers of Scotland have to meet
the cost? However, when the thing is done for private profit, some
people may feel slightly differently about it; assuming that you can
meaningfully distinguish between the profit to an entrepreneur (who may
contribute capital equipment to the project in addition to paying any
staff he employs) and the earnings of SRO staff who do the work and are
paid by the Government, and hence the aforesaid taxpayers in the end.
You get similar arguments about provision of such services as water
supply, health, education, etc. In the end all these things have to be
We genies are "spoilt" by the free provision of information by LDS and
such bodies -- though as Derek Pratt has pointed out there are possible
ulterior motives for that. I agree with him -- and while I am able to
go into a pub where alcohol (often consumed to excess) and gambling
(through the abominable poker machines) and enjoy a subsidized meal, I
am in no position to refuse such free services from LDS on
conscientious grounds. All the same I am also happy to be a member of
several Rootsweb mailing lists, and the benefit from other members'
generosity and helpfulness while hoping to be able to reciprocate. On
the Scottish Lists, members freely exchange "surplus" events from their
SRO downloads, in much the same way as those wonderful souls who record
old burial grounds do with MIs and photographs, and they do so on-list
so that we all benefit. That is what makes the genie community so
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