People who take information/pix from my web pages and then posts them on other sites damages all of my decades of effort.
People from out of town/state/country who are looking for Manning connected history will probably first find those commercial sites. If they find my information on those sites then they probably won't search further and find my website...and I'll probably have more information and pictures in my immense database that they won't have...so this in turn also hurts their research and it prevents my efforts in communicating with them and asking them to share the Manning history they have so I can add it to my Manning digital historical preservation database.
BUT from time to time someone will grab a picture and post it on their family facebook page and then will let me know about information a family member told them.
Below is a perfect example...
Suzanne (Bandow) has been one of my big helpers and supporters over the years so when she read the information about the picture she grabbed from my web page and then posted it on her facebook page, she then forwarded that information to me.
So what's the big deal about just one picture and sending me the information about it?
First, I found this picture buried in a box of pictures in the Monitor basement almost a decade ago.
Then I had to scan it and later post it in a feature story on my web page.
Next, Suzanne saw it and then posted it on her facebook family page, and lastly one of the Zerwas relatives knew the background on the picture.
This is what it takes to really preserve history, by taking the time and spending the money to digitize pictures, and then have the "Patience of Job" to wait for information that MAY someday get back to me.
So if you grab pictures or information from my web page to post on your facebook page, then please link back and give credit to my web page, and if anyone provides
more information please send that information back to me.