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Still, that didn't solve the problem of getting this week's diary done ... so I thought I'd share some of the "fun" stuff that really doesn't fit into either of the other diaries I've got going. Join me below the fleur de kos for crankiness about the high cost of research.
We have all spent a fair chunk of cash in our hobby -- and we all complain about it. Photocopy fees, fees for vital records, fees for ancestry.com, search fees, gas for roadtrips, the fancy new scanner, the latest in genealogy programs. Filing cabinets. Faster broadband fees.
But what about the old time researchers ... did you ever wonder what they spent? Some of the old genealogies I've looked at from the late 19th and early 20th century quote extensively from old parish and colonial records, with texts of wills and deeds transcribed, not to mention transcripts of records from England, France, Germany. Surely this would have cost a fair amount of cash.
Willard Goldwaite Bixby was happy to share that information in his 1914 family history:
Nevertheless, I've discovered a little tidbit about the author and his business
that was "interesting" but not mentioned in the book. He mentions in the book that he used company letterhead during the research process. o_0 What is the deal with guys named "Willard" and their casual attitude about money? I hope that the services that were "freely given" were not funded by the cash-strapped from S. M. Bixby & Company.
Well, that is all I have time for today, and so am turning the floor over to the open thread. Due to the great orang satan being blocked at work (no posting on politcal sites), I will only be able to check in for a few minutes via my nook, so much of the mojo updating will need to wait until I get home.