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Tessa Keough
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great idea RootsTech folks - similiar to expert's tables at WDYTYALive in UK and elsewhere. Sorry to miss RootsTech this year - planning on 2018. Keep us informed Pat and Russ - thanks

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thanks Pat for sharing the letter - it is important to speak up for our fellow women, men and children. Who better than genealogists and family historians to understand the impact of war, famine, persecution, genocide, poverty and sometimes just the desire for a better life on the issue of migration. Fair treatment, understanding and kindness in all things.

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Voting closes on Sunday for RockStar Genealogists- quite the list. I am sure you will find a few of your favorites (realize heavily weighted toward those on social media). But in any event - who have you seen or heard (online or in person) who you think helps us get our heads around genealogy, family history, methodology, technology and sharing our stories.

Check out the list and VOTE! (where the vote here link is in the post). #genealogy #familyhistory

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A fun and easy Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with Randy Seaver's for genealogists and family historians - use your genealogy management software or app (mine is Legacy Family Tree Software) and share your surnames. 
Hey - why not play Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with Randy Seaver and the rest of us. You get to use your Legacy Family Tree family file and find out about surnames. Here is my entry - join the fun.


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I was so happy to join in - always great discussions and this Monday was especially a good and wide-ranging hangout/show. +True Lewis and +Tony Proctor contributed some really thoughtful comments for us to consider (on RootsRevisted and writing/citing our online and offline work). +DearMYRTLE you are a great host, including all who show up to share. So it was really my pleasure!!

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Excellent - very helpful and quick to add - thanks Russ and Pat

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Love your concept for the A-Z Challenge - and your updated blog looks great!

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Thanks so much for the shout out +Helen V. Smith. I find Excel very useful with my one-name and my one-place studies. Early on I read the Guild of One-Name Studies' Journal articles and got a Guild mentor for my Excel questions. I have watched all the genealogists doing their colorful charts the past two weeks or so (thanks J. Paul Hawthorne for showing the way on that one - it made my Google+ and Facebook feeds quite bright!) - your charts look amazing Helen. I find +Emily Kowalski Schroeder's ideas and activities for involving young people with genealogy so creative and have used a few on my young and not-so-young family members.

Lots of great things going on in genealogy and family history and some very helpful genealogists sharing and being so positive (much prefer that to those who are negative). We can always use more of that positive vibe in our community.

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I am a big believer in earned forgiveness - you just don't get to say sorry and then continue on with bad behavior or not make amends (or worse - never apologize and act like you were the one harmed). In this world, we need to do our best, learn from our mistakes, and not harm others - and that includes stealing - and that is what it is when you take others' work. We have all known that since we were children - in any culture, in any religion or spiritual tradition. And to those who have said don't rush to judgment - I think the several examples AI provided indicate this is a continued behavior. Thanks DearMyrtle for keeping it honest.

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Sadly this is something that happens because plagiarists and copyright violators know that it takes time and money (and there is an emotional element as well) in taking legal action. Oftentimes there is even bluster about counter-suits (and in the USA each side pays its legal fees - with rare exceptions). 

We need to do a better job of calling out offenders. It seems right now what becomes well-known in the publishing world or among genealogists on social media (and in specific groups) is NOT known to the genealogy public. As a result everyone in our field is harmed. Oftentimes these very same people are very personable and sell themselves well - they sometimes have the apparent backing of a group/organization. It might be difficult for a seminar or conference team who review many proposals to weed out those that are the result of theft (and that is what we are talking about - theft of ideas that have been published, whether or not someone financially benefits). 

Thanks to +DearMYRTLE and +Thomas MacEntee for taking this on - we need to be willing to police ourselves in the genealogy and family history community and make sure that whenever someone commits this type of theft they are held to account. But it is difficult and time-consuming (as  +Cyndi Ingle found out when she took it on).

What can we do that is proactive so that one person or one organization does not have to go at it alone when they find their work stolen?

How do we police ourselves and share concerns about stolen work - not only in the USA but around the world (as genealogy has become global and we are interacting on an international level)?

I am concerned that someone who purposely does this is not concerned with ethics or best practices - very frustrating for those of us who watch this play out. Any ideas appreciated - +DearMYRTLE and +Thomas MacEntee (and anyone else out there) -  what more should we as consumers of genealogy (a growing market just ripe for the picking) be doing? 
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