[APG Public List] Reasonable time to wait for reply fromprofessional genealogist

Alvie L. Davidson CG floridasearch at verizon.net
Sun May 30 06:49:40 MDT 2010

Good morning Harold
I know exactly what you are talking about. I have had a number of folks who
have agreed to help and when I give them the project they never respond.
I will usually keep asking if the person has committed to help.  If I get no
response, I simply move to Plan B.

Alvie L. Davidson CG
Lakeland, Florida
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Mag --

That can be a dangerous phrase to use! In my previous life, I did find that 
there seemed to be two kinds of very busy people: those who responded
and did what they agreed to do or else said "No thanks," and those who were 
overwhelmed by it all. 

I think it's fair to say, whether we have a regular job or not, many of us
not that far from a schedule meltdown, one that might well not be our
fault. (For one thing, given our median age, our own health and our older 
relatives' health can't always be taken for granted.) I would follow up 
politely and assume the best. As someone who has sometimes been the slow
for one reason or another, I do not mind being asked what's going on.

As a rule (one I wish I always remembered to follow with regard to remote 
archives, etc.), I would ask at the outset some such question as, "When
I check back if I haven't heard from you?" How that question is answered may
informative in itself.


Harold Henderson
Research and Writing from Northwest Indiana
hhsh at earthlink.net
home office 219/324-2620

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