Current Status of Richard
The information in Dick's file in not owned by anyone, is a
matter of public record, readily available in the public domain, and much
of it elsewhere on the Internet for fee or for free.
RootsWeb has a GEDCOM cleaning program which
has been run on Dick's file to remove notes, comments and months and days associated
with "living" people (defined as anyone born after 1910 with no
death information listed).
Most visitors understand the
circumstances and the situation behind Dick's posting of his data file. Dick's disease was not only fatal, it
took him very quickly - just over one month from the time that he was
diagnosed and posted his last email message to the family genealogy group.
(Click here to read his intent in his own words)
Dick's GEDCOM file is stored
on RootsWeb where it will remain available per his desire, in the state Dick left it, for
future family researchers to use. Please do not request or expect that any
edits will be made. As he explained in his email
message he had no one to pass on the responsibility of continuing his
work and did not want it lost. Understand that it contains many errors,
along with a lot of great informational leads. Treat the information as you
would any other bit of family lore and try and find primary source
documentation to verify all information.
If you would like to contact
other Dutton Family researchers, joining the
RootsWeb sponsored Dutton-l
mailing list would be recommended. You can find more information
Dick's file can be accessed