Via Assistance

Mutual assistance is something I always encourage.  I therefore hope you will find all four Via blogs to be beneficial.

If you are willing and able to assist with my research, how do you usually relate to the worldwide genealogical community?

Are you one of my relatives at all?


Questions

There are still a few questions I am yet to answer about mysteries within my own family history.

Ancestors Within may also help you to find the answers you are currently seeking.  Why are your questions of importance to you?


Sharing resources

Ancestors Within shows there are many ways to approach family history investigations, especially on a minimal budget.


A friendly approach to being of mutual service

I like to encourage people to form their own opinions, based on good evidence.  That in itself is the main service I hope I provide through Ancestors Within.

Through Ancestors Within, I creatively share my family history research.  I have already discovered many mutual benefits arising from the publication of my findings.

All the family history research I do is through my own choice.  My research is not funded by anyone other than myself and I have clear, personal priorities about what I wish to discover.



Your contributions

If you are well-versed in genealogy, you might be able to offer some ideas about solving the mysteries that still baffle me. Gaining access to records in small communities in England ,or in non-English speaking locations, is often quite a challenge.

How might you be able to assist me or future visitors to this blog?

As an "amateur" genealogist, most of the research methods and sources I use are of the free or very cheap variety.  My local library provides free access to genealogical resources otherwise only available by subscription.

In addition, many lovely people have already contacted me through Ancestors Within to add to my knowledge.  I am eternally grateful towards anyone providing highly relevant and accurate information free of charge.


Privacy and security

When conducting and publishing family history research, it is absolutely necessary to have a carefully considered, cautious approach to privacy and security.  In the digital world and in daily life, please always respect privacy and prevent identity theft.  Never share identifying details of any living or recently deceased person.


Creativity, and courtesy

For the benefit of other unpaid family historians, I am willing, from time to time, to place free links from Ancestors Within to websites about commercial genealogical products and services.  Even so, I do not provide reviews or recommendations.

Please do not contact me merely to ask me to promote your business or read your blog or buy your book.  I consider unsolicited requests to be rude.


Independence and credibility

I never endorse commercial services, products, publications or broadcast media in either a paid or unpaid way.  As a deliberate ethical and aesthetic strategy, no Via blogs currently carry advertising. 

Nor do I advocate any particular method of research.  The only tool I recommend is accurate reasoning.  It is a skill we all need to develop and maintain throughout our lives.


Philanthropic support

If your commercial product or service has been mentioned in Ancestors Within, I hope you will be willing, as a courtesy, to provide some sort of acknowledgement.  You may also wish to provide a compensatory donation to at least one of the not-for-profit organisations beneficial to my research.


Further assistance

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