Saturday, November 3, 2012

Cyndi Howells of Cyndi's List

Cyndi Howells is a name that any genealogist who has been researching for more than 5 minutes knows. She is the author of Cyndi's List which is one of the most useful genealogy website out there. Her website is a collection of links to genealogy pages on the internet in every subject you can think of. She combs the internet daily to keep her page updated. She has been doing this for SIXTEEN YEARS. Everything on her website is free of charge.

Cyndi has been dealing with someone that has been copying stuff from her page without permission. She has had no choice but to turn to the legal system. She posted a heart-wrenching message on Facebook yesterday that got hundreds of comments from supporters. If you are on Facebook you can read her post HERE. You will need to LIKE the Cyndi's List page first if you haven't already done so. On advice of her attorney, Cyndi isn't going to speak about the case any more on a public forum and her post may be removed before you can read it. There has been an outpouring of support from the genealogical community. Please read Copyright and Copy Wrong by Michael J. Leclerc. He wrote this in response to what is going on with Cyndi and I think he did a good job.

I would encourage you to send Cyndi a note of encouragement and support either through her website or through her Facebook page. If you feel led to do so, you can donate a little cash to Cyndi to help her with her expenses. There is a Paypal button on her home page.

Copyright © 2012 Michele Simmons Lewis

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