Casefile Clues is not geared towards the totally new genealogist. There already is a great deal of basic how-to information on the internet and in print form. Our audience is the experienced genealogist. Our focus is also on the process, why certain things were done, what worked, and most importantly what did not work.
Michael only writes about families he is actually researching. That does limit the scope somewhat, but my children have a fairly diverse background so there is variety. Suggestions for ideas are welcome, but unless you are related to me (as one gentleman in Topeka was), I'm probably not going to write about your family.
Casefile Clues does not accept any advertising, either in the PDF version of the newsletter or on the Casefile Clues website. This is partially because what time I do have for the newsletter is I want to devote to researching and writing. I don't want to have to worry about advertisers, ads, etc. And...since Casefile Clues has no advertisers there is no one to worry about irritating. We really don't get controversial in Casefile Clues, but this way I don't have to worry if an advertiser won't like that I "left out" their site, book, etc. I also don't want readers to think I'm writing about a certain site or service in an attempt to promote it. I write about how I actually research. It is that simple. And suggestions are always welcome if you think I have overlooked something, because sometimes I do. Everyone does.
Some blogs, newsletters, and websites write about vendors or sites in hopes that their blog, newsletter, or website generates traffic to that site and generates them income. I'm certainly not opposed to income and I'm certainly not opposed to advertising (I use it on my Rootdig.com site just to be upfront about it), but I really want Casefile Clues to be completely about the research.
There was a good response to Casefile Clues at the Topeka Genealogical Society Seminar I lectured at this past weekend. I appreciate their support and the suggestions I got from attendees.
If you've found Casefile Clues helpful to your research, consider:
- mentioning it on your website/blog
- sharing information about the newsletter with others
It really does help and I do appreciate it.
And your positive comments and support are also appreciated. There are a few taped up in my office for motivation when deadlines are looming.