I strongly believe that the genealogy community needs more respect and tolerance in numerous ways.
We all have our own methods, beliefs and processes that we prefer to use in our own genealogy research.
Just as I believe we should be tolerant of those in society who ARE different from each other, ACT different from each other, or BELIEVE different from each other, the same is true in the field of genealogy.
Tolerance is a key prerequisite to respect. We can’t respect anyone we judge, no matter what the reason or provocation.
I am one who believes in free and open exchange of genealogy information. I act accordingly offering all of my data images and sources for free download on my website. However, this does not mean that I expect the same from others.
I make it clear both on my site and in my personal communications that I do openly share information. Those who exchange information with me do so of their own free will and I respect their right to refuse, no matter what their reasons may be.
I am always amazed at the wonderful people I meet, correspond with, chat with and follow on social media. This aspect of my research is the most rewarding and enjoyable. These wonderful people more than make up for my infrequent encounters with those who are disrespectful, judgmental or demanding. Luckily, encountering them is very, very rare.
I love being an amateur genealogist (amateur being the key word here). After 20 years of research I would still not claim to be anything but an amateur who loves the field.