Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tell Your Friends

Don't forget to let your friends know about "Casefile Clues for Beginners." They can direct their browser to our blog here to learn more--http://casefilecluesbeginners.blogspot.com.

Thanks! It is appreciated.

Subscribers to Casefile Clues for Beginners Will Get Free Copy of "Problem-Solving"

Subscribers to Casefile Clues for Beginners will get a free copy of my article from 2010: "Problem-Solving."

Previous subscribers will be sent their copy over the next few days. New subscribers to Casefile Clues for Beginners will get their copy within a few days of subscribing.

A 6-month subscription to Casefile Clues for Beginners is only $7.50 and can be processed by PayPal. Don't use PayPal? Email me at casefileclues@gmail.com for alternate payment arrangements.


The $7.50 rate is over.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

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$7.50 is a 6 month subscription

The $7.50 rate is for a 6 month subscription. The webpage indicates 6 months, but the PayPal receipt says "beginners_1_year" that should be 6 months. We'll change it so that future transactions no longer say that.


About Casefile Clues for Beginners

Several have asked "why?" another beginner newsletter? My answer is "why not?"

There is no way to tell if any venture is going to succeed unless you just simply give it a go and that is what we are doing at Casefile Clues for Beginners. We're going to try it for 6 months and at the end of that time, we will evaluate the newsletter and go from there.

I had individuals tell me that the genealogy world didn't need a newsletter like Casefile Clues and so far, we're still plugging along.

Casefile Clues for Beginners will be a lot like Casefile Clues, except that the target audience is researchers who are not as experienced in their search and analytical skills and that I won't be writing most of it. Otherwise, it will have the same philosophy as Casefile Clues:

  • no ads
  • no agenda
  • accurate methods and theory (but not as intense as with Casefile Clues
  • clear and easy to understand
  • geared towards the genealogist, not the computer techie
We don't have an advertising budget and are relying on word of mouth to get out the word. All of these things are done to keep subscription costs as low as possible. Casefile Clues for Beginners will be distributed twice a month, beginning on 8 June 2011.

Questions can be sent to beginners@casefileclues.com. 

A 6 month subscription is $7.50 and orders can be processed by PayPal. 

Subscribing to Casefile Clues for Beginners

In response to requests from readers and our reader survey, we are going to start a beginning level Casefile Clues on 8 June 2011. We are tentatively calling this twice a month publication Casefile Clues for Beginners. We'll be announcing more about the title over the coming weeks.

This publication will be distributed as a PDF file attachment. There will be no advertising in the newsletter.It will contain:
  • 1 beginning article focusing on a basic topic or source
  • 1 beginning level article focusing on analysis or organizing
  • 2-3 reader questions with answers
One concept we'll discuss is safely taking from online family trees, including:

  • how to evaluate what you find in online trees
  • using those "leaves" at Ancestry.com
  • determining when "suggestions" from online sites are "right" and "wrong"
We'll talk about the basics of sources and we'll also look at ways to carefully interact with compiled information others have submitted. We won't tell you to avoid the online trees altogether--that's unrealistic. But we will tell you how not to confuse yourself even more with them.

I will not write newsletter content, but will be directing and choosing topics and exercising editorial control. We won't overburden with theory or citations, but that will be a part of the newsletter content. Our goal is to help make you a better genealogist as you get beyond basic home and online sources. We'll see how you can get beyond the online trees and avoid the pitfalls that trap some just starting out. As with Casefile Clues, our style will be down-to-earth, practical and yet informative and educational.

Email me at casefileclues@gmail.com for alternate payment arrangements.

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Casefile Clues Beginner Blog

This will be the site of the Casefile Clues for Beginners Blog. We'll post brief updates here about upcoming issues, when issues have been sent, and additional information. Feel free to follow this blog, add it to your reader, etc. Thanks!

And please spread the word about Casefile Clues for Beginners.