Friday, December 10, 2010


For the last few years I've been dabbling (sometimes obsessively) in genealogy. On occasion I'll find an historical society to which I'll send an email asking questions and for additional resources in the area in which I'm interested.

With most of them, I'll send a low-resolution scan of one of the old letters I have, and offer to provide high-resolution versions via CD. You see...the letters are hand-written, and date back to 1790. They're written by my ancestors, and some are fairly prominent people in regional history.

The funny thing is, none of these historical societies ever write back. I get return receipts, but no one ever answers; even if I follow up with the. Pretty fucking sad in my book. If I were involved in an historical society (and took it seriously), I'd damned sure be interested in getting my hands on these old letters.

Oh well...I'll just have to travel there I guess, and use the local libraries.


Joker_SATX said...

Sometimes I just wonder about people...I don't get it. Why they do the things they do (or don't do, in this case)

Rimpy said...

How rude of them. Why do they bother calling themselves a historical society if they're not going to do anything to further their collection of things historical? Probably a bunch of old folks who don't know how to work the e-mails.

TC said...

I agree with Rimpy. That's pretty sucky.

The_Gator said...

I know how to solve your problem. Send me a low resolution scan with $100 dollars and I will get back to you with what I find out. It may take a while but I promise if I dont find anything I will return the money to you after my great grand kids are through college. Scouts honor.