Time for a Change.  

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It's been a very long three months.  After Carole's death things just sort of spiraled out of control which has left me a bit backlogged with work.  Yesterday I spent almost 19 hours just going through all my emails and formatting the more than 200 names to be entered into the database.  Spelling errors, missing information and follow up emails were all part of the process.  Now that it's all copied over I need to merge them into the database.
Perhaps one of the single most difficult thing about this database is that it's all created by html.  I chose to have people send me the info to help eliminate the spam that is definitely associated with almost every website.  Also, I wanted to be able to correct and fill in missing information and make it so the contact links are *not* click able.  This will prevent spam programs from using the mail to link to send unwanted mail.
Having said that, I think it may be time for a change.
After conversations with a friend who specializes in web program and development, I decided it may be time to make the database interactive.  People will be able to input their own data - but of course I will still be able to *weed out* the undesirable.  There will no longer be an option for people to send me their genealogy questions.  I would love to help everyone but the truth is I am not a professional genealogist.  I have a full time job and a house and family to look after.  This a a hobby for me and I don't have the time or money to be able to actually answer everyone's questions.
I just want to remind everyone that if they do have a genealogy related question they can post it on the Gente Genealogy Forum that we have.  There are hundreds of members on Gente from all over the world that would love to help - and it really lightens my load quite a bit.  If you have a chance check it out.  You may find it useful.

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