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Email Request from Barry Ewell


Just a quick note to members of GeneaBloggers: if you recently received an email request from Barry Ewell seeking information about your blog, the email request is legit.

Barry is a professional genealogist who has presented at RootsTech and many other venues. He is in the process of preparing a presentation on genealogy blogs and this would be a good opportunity for you to get some exposure for your blog.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

13 thoughts on “Email Request from Barry Ewell

  1. Thank you for posting this. I got one and answered it–never questioning it’s legitimacy because I’ve ordered many handouts from Barry and assumed that was how he had my email address. I have my blog address automatically listed at the bottom of my emails. I thought the same thing you pointed out—it would be good publicity for my blog. But you’re really on top of things, Thomas, for alerting the Geneabloggers. Thank you!

  2. Thanks for posting! I was afraid you were about to say it was a hoax! I researched Barry before I responded to him to make sure he was legit (or appeared to be). Nice to see the confirmation!

  3. Thanks for the reassurance. I am surprised that a ‘professional’ genealogist would send an email that does not even say where he lives. I would also have expected some indication of when, where and to whom the presentation will be made.

  4. Thanks Thomas. I was about to e-mail you too, but also researched Barry and discovered he’d recently presented at RootsTech. Like Jennifer and Judy, though, I would have like a little more detail in his e-mail about himself and the upcoming presentation.

  5. We all make mistakes. I’ve made a few myself.

    However, in this age of constant SPAM Barry Ewell had a lot of nerve writing to me without identifying himself and without clearly stating how he knew about my blogs.

    For years I’ve been sharing genealogy information on the Internet. I’ve lost track of how many times I have received requests from people I don’t know to, “Send me all the information you have on my surname.” without identification of the requester or an offer to share information.

    That’s why I’m so sensitive about this kind of communication. Over the years my action has become to “take no action.” I plan to continue to follow that course.

    Perhaps we can all learn something from Barry’s mistake.

    Thanks for reading.

    Dick Henthorn

  6. Like the others I received an e-mail and researched Barry Ewell a bit. I found the e-mail worded a bit sharply with little detail on what he intends to do woth the information. I am still deciding.

  7. I, too, received an email from him. While I’m very happy to respond, it did not have my name in the email, which made me a little suspicious. As others have noted, it was a little short on both courtesy and explanation, so I emailed back asking for some details on who the audience for the presentation was likely to be. I also did some background research to see who he was. I have not yet had a response, and will wait to see what happens.

    Thanks for the note, Thomas.

  8. My sincerest apologies to the community for not including more information in the original email. I am preparing a conference presentation and series of articles that discusses the role of blogs in genealogy and how they are used in all aspects of the work genealogists conduct from sharing and mentoring to proving a forum of family sharing and interaction.

    As I have studied read many of blogs, I have found that there are many good ideas to inspire genealogists in presenting and sharing knowledge. Why didn’t I share more? I think more than anything I was simply trying to “not waste others time and get to the point” which in this case was not appropriate.

    All the comments I read are valid and will make sure I do not violate this trust in the future.

    Kindest regards, Barry J. Ewell

  9. I, too, received the same request from Mr. Ewell. I answered it first and then asked questions because I tend to be the curious type and wondered where my blog name might eventually appear. Mr. Ewell sent me the exact email as his comment above.

    The reason I didn’t worry in the first place is that he was not asking anything that he could not have learned from my blog itself — a brief description of my blog and a profile of me as author (which I have on my blog).

    The genealogy work that I do is no secret…for me, genealogy is about sharing info, and I have been helped by some very gracious people when I first started. Also, my blog is out there for the entire internet to read, so what’s the big deal about sharing? I guess I just never saw it as a problem. Our blogs are, afterall, public doman, and so long as they credit us when quoting verbatim I don’t see the problem.

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