Several companies have created a program where they claim to have unique and complete information about your family! What they really have is either (1) nothing; or (2) the research they collected when the last person paid for free information.
The National Genealogy Society (N.G.S.) said the following in one of their articles, "Millions of people buy these products, hoping they will learn something about their own family histories. However, people with the same last name do not necessarily belong to the same family or share ancestors."
If you read their literature closely, you will find that they don't have much in the way of detailed information. We received such an offer recently and it boasted a listing of 175 D'Addezio's. Well, since we had done some of our research, we found about 165 D'Addezio's just by searching several Internet directories.
The following items are reprinted with permission from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:
Cendant of Parsippany, N.J., the parent company of NUMA and Halbertís, announced that the publisher of pseudo-genealogy "books" will cease operations on Sept. 30, 1999. The company blames "competition from the Internet" as the reason for their business problems. (Source: Dick Eastman Online - "Halbertís Is Going Out of Business")
Halbertís was originally founded by members of the Halbert family, but years ago they sold the company to larger corporations. In fact, the "company" existed at the parent firm of NUMA Corporation in nearby Akron, Ohio. NUMA, in turn, is a division of the Cendant Corporation of Parsippany, N.J. (Source: Dick Eastman Online - "Halbertís is Back, Sort ofÖ")
Halbertís has been in court several times to answer charges lodged by the U.S. Postal Service. The court documents always list Halbertís as a subsidiary of the Numa Corporation of 1566 Akron Peninsula Rd, Akron, OH 44313-5154. Halbertís and Numa were in court in 1988 as defendants in an action claiming false advertising. I donít have the details of the 1988 action, but a 1995 complaint referenced an order in 1988 requiring Numa/Halbertís to stop claiming that relatives of the addressee signed the advertising letters. (Source: Dick Eastman Online - "Halberts (Again)")
World Book Offer Do NOT purchase any of these items. The information they contain
is readily available in phone books, many of which can be accessed online.
3687 IRA Road
P.O. Box 5012
Bath, OH 44210-5012
Do NOT purchase any of these items. The information they contain is readily available in phone books, many of which can be accessed online.
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