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From: "Paul Lanning" <>
Subject: Fw: [JONES-L] From Rootsweb listowner
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 14:29:00 -0700
Hello List Members...
I was one of the unfortunate ones who bought one of these so-called books
several years ago - I agree wholeheartedly with this note below and thought
I'd pass it on so that nobody else will waste money on these things...
Dear List Members
In re (HALBERTS in Bath, Ohio)
My local postmaster advised me to send a letter to the postmaster in Bath,
Ohio complaining about the worthless genealogy books published and sold by
Halberts of Bath, Ohio.
I have written one and am including it here for those who don't want to take
the time to write one. You may use mine if you want. Print it and use it if
you want. You must add your name and address at the bottom of the page.
Please invest the time and the 32 cents for the stamp and hopefully we can
put these leeches out of business once and for all. If that postmaster is
deluged with complaints perhaps something will happen.
You also have my permission to forward this Email to all of your surname
and genealogy friends as a warning about the book AND a plea to write
to the postmaster in Bath, Ohio.
The Letter is attached. If you want to add to it, fine. As far as I know
Halberts have been working out of Bath, Ohio for more than 30 years. I
imagine the millions of dollars in profits made off the backs of honest
genealogists in the USA (and Canada) in that vast amount of time.
>12 August 1998
>Dear postmaster (or postmistress),
>Halbert's are at it again. The books they sell are nothing
>but a generic history of the BOYD name (or whatever name)
>with thousands of telephone listings thrown in. I have a copy
>in my hands right now and I am telling you they are worthless
>to the genealogist and to the common person. There is no data
>in the book that you cannot find in a library or phone book
>in a few short minutes.
>These people have been operating out of Bath, Ohio for years
>and you know it. I'll bet you have had hundreds (perhaps
>thousands) of complaints about Halberts and this person named
>Leroy C. Boyd in the past. I'll bet Leroy Boyd does not even
>These people have been leeching money from unsuspecting
>family oriented roots seeking people for years, even decades
>and it is time to stop them.
>Do you have any connection with this company (Halberts) or
>with Leroy C. Boyd with address of: 3687 Ira Road, Bath,
>Ohio? I appreciate your honesty.
>Also--Will you please supply me with the name and address of
>the Postmaster General with whom I may make a louder
>complaint? Thank You.
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