I was recently reading a genealogy-oriented blog that was titled something about it being this author’s annual ‘fine print‘ edition. I decided to actually read the fine print disclaimers and was it ever enlightening.
Now, I figure this action would make my daughter pleased as she is a lawyer by profession and constantly reminds me ‘to read the fine print, Dad’. So I have a tendency to do that, but will admit at times I forget to, especially when I am reading different blogs, etc. online.
So there I was reading this blog’s ‘fine print’ and while I will say I applaud that it was written and put out for all to read, it was both refreshing and shocking to me.
Refreshing in that a genealogy blogger was willing to put into print that he is a member of the Mormon church, which, if you are in the genealogy business, is an important disclaimer since genealogy in the Mormon church is seen as a required covenant and has to do with their practice of baptizing the dead into their church and beliefs. I absolutely hold no animosity towards anyone of any faith, including the LDS Church, but in my opinion it could skew someone’s point-of-view on issues such as sharing your family tree and sharing both your genealogy and research publicly, etc.
Shocking in that there in the fine print was that this blogger states the following: “It is the editorial policy of this column to be generally supportive of Ancestry.com and FamilySearch“. What? I thought to myself, when I read that statement, so much for any image of balanced and true reporting if you admit to a bias before you even start. I went from being a fan of the blog to thinking that this blog is nothing more than a shill for both those companies. So be it, at least I know!
Just so you all know my point-of-view, here is my BIG PRINT explainer:
SCOTT’S BIG PRINT EXPLANATIONS:
- I love genealogy and family history and that is why, and the only reason why, I write, research, learn,blog, and share what I know about genealogy and family history.
- I call it like I see it. While I, like every other practicing genealogist, use certain products (both free resources and subscription or fee-based resources) I call it like I experience it with each and every product I use. I have no predetermined point-of-view regarding any product and I am not beholden to any of them.
- I belong to dozens of genealogy/family history/history organizations, societies, and museums. Some I have belonged to for many years. Some I have just recently joined. Some I have been a member of and dropped. I laud those that are doing a good job and I try and suggest new avenues, efforts, and ways to help those that may not be so good. I have no ax to grind with any of them and if asked, I’ll give you my honest opinion of them.
- I like to think of myself as a GENEALOGY DIOGENES. I am not a ‘genealogy homer’. I do not think everything about genealogy is above reproach. I much prefer, as I said, to be in the role of a Genealogy Diogenes. If you know the stories of this ancient Greek, you know the best known is where he walked the streets with a lamp ‘looking for an honest man’. If I fulfill this role of Genealogy Diogenes, you can know you are getting what I see as the truth, not something a shill might say.
- I do get paid for some of my writing. However I get paid to write as a freelance writer. Therefore I get to write what I want, not what I am directed to write, by anyone or any company.
- Onward To Our Past® is in fact a registered and protected trademark through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
So now you know …….
Onward To Our Past®