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Family historians and medal researchers - PLEASE READ!

Postby Mark » 29 May 2009 23:08

Hi All

Both medals and family research are very popular topics here on the Victorian Wars Forum. However we have noticed requests for help in research are being posted in multiple sub-forums making it harder for members to spot suchs threads and offer assistance. Can I therefore bring to members attention the following suggestion?

If you are posting queries regarding research on recipients of campaign medals you have in your collection or family ancestors can you please ensure you post these in the dedicated "Researching Individual Soldiers & Sailors" sub-forum? This will enable those who are able to help you to find your posts more easily and it will also help avoid clogging up the "Wars & Campaigns" sub-forums which are intended to discuss the actual campaigns themselves.

As regards to campaign medals please do note that we have a "Uniforms, Insignia & Medals" sub-forum for general discussions. Again could you post general medal related questions (i.e. questions about the medal itself rather than the recipient) here for the same reasons stated above. Please also be aware that our friends over on the British Medal Forum will be able to help on more indepth or specialist medal related queries.

Thanks for your help folks :)

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Re: Researching Medal Recipients and Family History

Postby Jonathan » 12 Jun 2009 17:21

Additionally, topics pertaining to other Victorian uniforms, equipment and weapons should not be posted in the sub-fora dedicated to campaigns. These areas of study have their own sub-fora, here:

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Also, there is no need to cross-post the same query in multiple sections. For example, if you have a question about a relative who served in X regiment during Y campaign, you need only to pose your question in the Researching Individual Soldiers & Sailors section. Posting the same query across multiple sections can dilute the conversation and make it difficult to follow (not to mention it needlessly clutters other sub-fora).

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IMPORTANT: Ancestry and Copyright

Postby Mark » 21 Nov 2009 21:28

FAO: All Forum Members

It has come to my attention that the popular geneology web site Ancestry has stated that the posting of any images (such as Census records, Medal Index Cards, Service Records etc.) downloaded from the site onto electronic bulletinboards (such as the Victorian Wars Forum) is a direct breach of Copyright! I think this issue has been a somewhat grey area in the past but it has now been clarified.

With this in mind can I ask members NOT to upload and post any images obtained from Ancestry into their threads and posts UNLESS you have obtained written permission from the copyright holder to do so! Any such posts in breach of this will be removed by forum staff without notice.

You can, of course, still post typed summaries and write-ups of your research where information has been obtained from Ancestry.

The forum rules regarding copyright will be reviewed and updated to this effect shorty.

Thank you all for reading this and being understanding.

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Family Historians/Researchers - PLEASE READ!

Postby Mark » 01 Aug 2011 14:49

FAO all members (and guests) conducting family research!

It has come to my attention that many members join this forum in order to research their family ancestors who served in either the Army or the Royal Navy during the Victorian period. There is nothing wrong with this and do feel free to continue to do so. HOWEVER please please remember that other members who answer your questions are going out of their way to help you out as a favour with no obligation on their part to do so. Of late some members, I am sorry to say, are abusing this good will and being rather demanding or even a touch rude - albeit this seems to happen via PM or email rather than on the boards. Research COSTS time AND money - you are getting both for free! Subscriptions to Ancestry or FindMyPast etc. do not come cheap nor do the personal libraries of books and other publications that members have in their collections. While no one expects anything in return a great way to show your appreciation is to perhaps post a summary of your findings on the forum for us all to read and enjoy - we are all history fans here regardless of what originally sparked our interest.

FINALLY I have begun receiving emails from guests (non-members browsing the forum without registering) who ask for help regarding family research. When I reply stating to such guests that they should register on the forum and post in the appropriate section their replies show they 'cannot be bothered' and only want a free meal. If you are a guest with no intention of registering and doing some of the groundwork yourself then I am sorry but you will now be IGNORED!

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